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Drupal Gardens 3 week update

It's been 3 weeks since we launched the Drupal Gardens private beta and the response has been incredible. Hundreds of Drupal 7 sites have been created and we are getting lots of great feedback on both Drupal 7 and new features testers would like to see in Gardens. A huge thank you to those of you who have provided feedback, keep up the great work!
In addition, we just pushed a new version of Drupal Gardens and following our agile development process, we'll be updating the service every 3 weeks with new features and bug fixes. In the most... Mehr

Drupal Gardens, Microsites and Marketers: The Time is Finally Here!

A few weeks ago as most of you know we launched the first private beta version of Drupal Gardens, a project we’ve been working on for the last year and what we hope will be a huge step in taking Drupal to the masses.
For the seasoned Drupalist, Gardens definitely holds great potential and excitement. As Acquia’s co-founder Jay Batson noted, it’s an application that stands to usher in a new level of Drupal awareness and usage among a broad, non-developer base. This is not... Mehr

Acquia webinars now support Linux OS

Tomorrow is big day for the Acquia webinar program - the first webinars to offer access to attendees running Linux OS on their local machines. We have two sessions tomorrow with Dries Buytaert and Jeff Noyes on Drupal 7 entitled "Making Drupal 7 Simple to Use for Everyone" - one at 9am EST, 2pm UTC and then a second at 2:30pm EST, 11:30am PST, 7:30pm... Mehr

Use Apache Solr to search in files

Drupal's file handling capabilities keep getting better. Beyond the core upload module, the filefield module for CCK has enabled us to build sites with all sorts of files; documents, images, music, videos, and so forth. Searching within these docuements, however, has never been a common feature on Drupal sites. Some solutions have existed, particularly for extracting texts from PDFs and common wordprocessing documents. With Apache Solr, the attachments module, and an extension... Mehr

The S-Files: Getting the most out of Comment Notify


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If Facebook has shown us anything, it's that website users like to get timely notifications via email if there is something new to be seen on the site. Acquia Drupal includes the comment notify module that can help achieve this goal for your site. It sends email messages to content authors and commentators whenever new comments are added to content. There are ample subscription options to suit everyone, and an unsubscribe mechanism so that nobody has to endure unwanted items in... Mehr

Help Acquia help Gartner with social software report

You might remember that a while ago, Drupal was promoted to the 'Visionaries' category in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace. For someone unfamiliar with all the social software vendors and projects, the choice can be overwhelming and Gartner's reports can carry a lot of weight in the decision making process. Drupal's promotion to the 'Visionaries' category was a big win for all of us.
The social software market is evolving fast, and in response Gartner is working on a presentation that... Mehr

Drupal Gardens launches in private beta

I have a pretty big update for you: we just launched Drupal Gardens into private beta. Since the first public Drupal Gardens demo at DrupalCon Paris, a lot of progress has been made. Today, we sent private beta invites to the first people that signed up to be beta testers, and if things go well, we'll send out a couple thousand more invitations over the next few weeks.
For those who received an invite, building Drupal sites just got easier. Drupal Gardens is a hosted version of Drupal so you don't have to... Mehr

Announcing Drupal Gardens Preview Webinar

I am very excited to announce our first webinar for Drupal Gardens Beta. On Thursday, January 28th at 1 pm EST, Acquia will be demonstrating Drupal Gardens and walking through the major features of Gardens. Drupal Gardens is a hosted version of Drupal 7 designed for any organization wanting to build social sites easily and quickly, backed up by the power of Drupal. Building microsites for launching a new product, a campaign or event, or forming a community site has never been this easy in Drupal. Drupal Gardens highlights:
Social Publishing is made simple with Drupal Gardens including a... Mehr

NVidia using Drupal

NVidia recently launched their new Tegra developer community on Drupal. See http://developer.nvidia.com/tegra. The announcement of the latest Tegra 2 chipset was one of the major news items at CES earlier this month. The Tegra 2 chipset incorporates 8 independent processors to handle web browsing, HD video encoding/decoding as well as mobile gaming, all with very... Mehr

OpenSource.com launches on Drupal

Red Hat just launched OpenSource.com on Drupal. The site will focus on exploring what happens when the open source way is applied to the world, beyond technology. The site has 5 main channels: business, education, government, law, and life. In each channel, they'll explore how open source is having an impact on each of those areas. The content is meant to be very conversational and participatory, making Drupal a natural choice. Needless to say, it is great to see Drupal being used to... Mehr

Design4Drupal Stanford: User Experience Improvements in Drupal 7 presentation

Yesterday we held the second Design4Drupal event at the Stanford Law School. This was an all day event focused on Design and Drupal. I gave a talk which was a combination of two other presentations. I used:
Angie Byron's, What's new in Drupal 7. I used 35 slides from that deck.
Davy Van Den Bremt's Drupal 7 - What's new (from an end-user perspective) ? I also used 35 slides, mostly screen shots from that deck
Here's the PDF... Mehr

Acquia Podcast 14: Dries Buytaert, Managing growth of an Open Source project

In this podcast, Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier, openSUSE community manager, talks with Dries Buytaert, founder and project lead for Drupal, and co-founder of Acquia, about the creation and development of the open source content management project. They also discuss how the project was conceived, why it has grown and where its going.
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The S-Files: When node_load won't load, and the anonymous user has vanished

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Use these two SQL commands to repair your Drupal 6 site to restore the anonymous user database record:

INSERT INTO users (name, mail) VALUES ('', '');UPDATE users SET uid=0 WHERE name='';

The symptoms you'll see that tip you off that this is needed:

node_load() is not loading nodes that you can prove are in the node table.
node_delete() is not deleting nodes that you can prove are in the node table.
The query SELECT * FROM users WHERE uid=0; returns zero rows.

The reason you have to INSERT INTO and then UPDATE is because of the autoincrement... Mehr

Bipartisan Drupal: Scott Brown elected to the Senate using Drupal

Last night Scott Brown, the republican candidate for Senate in Massachusetts, was elected in a special election to fill Ted Kennedy's seat in the Senate.
Drupal has strong roots in the progressive left, through the Howard Dean campaign, and CivicSpace. This certainly isn't in the first republican Drupal site, but it was a high profile site for an important election that could change the direction of the country.
You can check out Scott Brown's campaign site, built in Drupal.
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Try Drupal 7 Alpha on your laptop or desktop

If you aren't a professional Drupal developer, or Drupal system admin you might be challenged to get an early preview of Drupal 7. Content professionals, designers, project managers, Drupal business people may be challenged get a working web infrastructure set-up just to check out Drupal 7.
Here is an easy way to get Drupal 7 running on your laptop or desktop. There is also professional documentation for the Acquia stack installer.
Download and install the Acquia Stack Installer for OSX, Windows, or Linux with our... Mehr

Open Government, a citizen's excitement

How refreshing it is when the US Government does something so right that my chest swells with pride and my heart fills with hope! How exciting it is that Drupal and Acquia can play a role in bringing openness to government. I'm referring to the Open Government Directive (OGD), an instruction from the President of the United States to all federal agencies to drastically change the way that government talks to and shares... Mehr

Wake-Up call for media marketers

Last week, I was able to contribute an advice column to Media Posts’ Online Media Daily. In it I talk about what media companies, and specifically media marketers, need to do to take their websites to the next level. At the end of the day it comes down to knowing your audience and building a site that keeps your audience engaged and ultimately serve as your brand’s ambassador. Here are the tips I shared. Comment here to share other best practices and insight.
What do media companies really need to take their websites to the next level? With social media came an influx of blogs, wikis, and... Mehr

Acquia 2009 retrospective

Yesterday I shared my 2009 retrospective on Drupal along with some predictions for 2010. Today, I want to reflect on Acquia's 2009, as for obvious reasons, Acquia has been a big part of my life in 2009.
At the end of 2007, we had convinced ourselves -- and our investors -- that there was a market for Drupal support and Drupal-related products. In 2008, we built a great team and grew from two employees early in the year to thirty people by the end of 2008... Mehr

Acquia - 2009 in Review

I was so proud of what our team accomplished in 2009 that I wrote a couple of different versions of our accomplishments. I posted one last week. However, after thinking about it some more, I was so excited by specific achievements, that I decided to post this version as well, which lists many of them. As Acquia is deeply involved in the Drupal community, I’ll sprinkle in some key milestones for Drupal that we were involved in, but as always, the credit for Drupal achievements goes to the broader Drupal community, of which... Mehr

The S-Files: Adding a custom sort to Acquia Search (Apache Solr)


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We've received several inquiries about adding custom sorts to the the sorting block on search results for our popular Acquia Search product. This is fortunately quite easy, though it currently involves preparing a custom module that implements one hook:hook_apachesolr_prepare_query(&$query)
<?php   function hook_apachesolr_prepare_query(&$query) {     // You can get the 'solr_field_name' from q=admin/reports/apachesolr     $query->set_available_sort('solr_field_name', array(       // how the sort... Mehr

2009 Perspective

It was a very good year
As we’re just a few days away from 2010, I’ve been reflecting on the momentum Acquia has built over the last year. Based on our reception by the market, and the steady rise in enterprise acceptance of social computing, it’s clear 2010 will be a significant year both for our company and Drupal.
Fueled in part by the economic crisis, open source software was one of the big winners in 2009 and Drupal was no exception. Many more businesses were looking at open source as a viable technology platform to replace legacy, proprietary software. On the web content management... Mehr

Waking up the Brand

Marketing and Drupal in 2010: Why my fellow marketers need to get over the idea that Drupal is for "geeks only" and plan for the new year with open source in mind
To be honest, I’m not even sure if marketers have had the opportunity to “get over” the technical misconceptions about Drupal. Because quite frankly, they don’t realize that the open source platform is a great marketing tool in the first place. It’s obvious to me why Drupal should be in the toolbox of every corporate and digital marketer (I’m biased), but is it to most marketing professionals? Probably not. That’s why I’ve come... Mehr

Webinar: Search Engine Optimization for the Drupal.org Redesign

As promised, here is the recorded webinar on SEO for the Drupal.org redesign.

A couple of weeks ago we prepared to do a live webinar and take questions from the community about Drupal.org SEO. Unfortunately, I was not familiar with all the features of our webinar software. The result was that no attendees were able to attend the webinar, and the webinar was recorded in a proprietary format. Fortunately, Forest Mars was able to decode it and so I've now made it available.
If... Mehr

Features used by 80% of social sites

You might have seen our plans for Drupal Gardens which will be a way to build a Drupal site very quickly. While you'll be able to build any kind of site you need on Drupal Gardens, we're spending a lot of time to make sure that we make it easy for people to build very social sites to promote campaigns, events, products, and businesses. And by social, we mean a site that encourages people to participate and that leverages other social networks.
We'll include a set of social features that most all sites need when we launch:
Blogs
Forums
User profiles... Mehr

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