Acquia Launches Web Solution Powerhouse Drupal Gardens 1.0

Feature-rich OpenSaaS Platform is Unparalleled in Building Dynamic, Content Rich Sites

Woburn, MA – March 7, 2011 – Acquia, the enterprise guide to Drupal, today announced the general availability release of Drupal Gardens 1.0 with new capabilities and pricing plans. The powerful new Views functionality makes Drupal Gardens the most robust web solution to rapidly assemble and deploy extraordinary social sites. With more than 40,000 sites created in the last year, Drupal Gardens is the fastest way to build content-rich, dynamic sites.

Views, a capability unique to Drupal, provides Drupal Gardens with an incomparable collection of tools for site builders with the simplicity of software-as-a-service (SaaS) delivery. Without writing any code, Views makes it possible to create custom mashups or combinations of content, media, user profiles, and more. Site builders can point and click to pull together any information on their site and craft dynamic lists, grids, tables, reports, RSS feeds, and navigation. Views can also be configured to display different results based on visitor interactions, such as displaying posts submitted over the past month versus the most popular. With Views, Drupal Gardens sites can be easily assembled and deployed with completely custom dynamic content.

“We have just leapfrogged the market of SaaS site builders with the introduction of Views in Drupal Gardens 1.0”, said Chris Brookins, vice president engineering and product management at Acquia. “While Views has always been one of the most powerful Drupal modules, we wanted to make it more accessible for site builders. Our team collaborated with the Drupal community, including Views creator Earl Miles, to develop a more intuitive Views user interface. With Views, Drupal Gardens is now the most robust SaaS website creation tool for content rich websites.”

Importantly, there is no lock-in for site builders and owners with Drupal Gardens’ OpenSaaS approach. If there is a need to add custom modules, simply export the complete site -- theme, code and data -- to Acquia Dev Cloud or your own hosting environment. And, Drupal Gardens is affordable, offering a tiered pricing structure tailored for individuals and businesses of all shapes and sizes, including larger enterprises. For detailed pricing information, please visit: https://www.drupalgardens.com/pricing

“Having a turnkey software-as-a-service like Drupal Gardens is invaluable for an interactive agency like VML”, an Acquia Enterprise Select partner. “We’re able to spin-up sites in a matter of days versus the old way of taking months to develop and deploy,” said Martin Coady, Director of Technical Strategy. “We can then hand-off sites to our clients with the peace of mind that they can fully manage their sites content updates with Drupal Gardens’ easy interface.”

To learn more about Drupal Gardens, please visit: http://drupalgardens.com or visit the Acquia booth at Drupalcon Chicago, March 7-10, 2011 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers in downtown Chicago.

About Acquia
Acquia helps organizations of all sizes build social publishing websites quickly, easily and with a lower total cost of ownership by leveraging Drupal, the open-source social publishing platform that blends content and community. Our products, services, and support enable companies to leverage the power, technical innovation and economic value of Drupal while simplifying the experience, removing the complexity and minimizing the risk. Please visit: http://acquia.com.