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Drupal SEO: The Intersection of Tech and Marketing

Many a well-formed Drupal site has been hacked to pieces by an "evil" Drupal-ignorant marketing agency. "Why? In heavens name, WHY?!" the developer cries as title tags are embedded into theme files, analyticscode is dropped into footer blocks, and mal-formed content is pastedinto node bodies. Devastated, they choke back the bitter taste of tears that only a quad-espresso from the Pasquini Livia in the kitchen could wash away. OK, I'm exaggerating a little...not even espresso could wash those tears away. What's sad is that I hear this story from my developer friends all the time. They built a... Plus

What NOT to Look at in E2.0 Solutions

Thanks to Alexander Wolfe of InformationWeek for the timely article published over the weekend, “IT Pro Ranking: Enterprise 2.0 Vendors,” where InformationWeek surveyed 619 business technology professionals regarding 1.) if they have deployed an Enterprise 2.0 application, and 2.) how vendors perform on 12 standard benchmarks, as well as specific criteria tailored for the E2.0 category. It’s timely because I just completed an article with Acquia’s... Plus

How Drupal and Acquia Help Protect Against Web Attacks

Security, or lack thereof, seems to be a popular theme these days, especially as it applies to web applications and even more specifically to open-source CMS. Earlier this week, Mathew Schwartz from InformationWeek wrote an article, Web Applications See Sharp Rise in Attacks, in which he referenced the latest HP DVLabs "2010 Top Cyber Security Risks Report" that brought into question the security of open source CMS applications. The idea that open-source is also an open-door for... Plus

Five Findings on Community Management

If you haven’t seen it already, last week Jim Storer and The Community Roundtable team released their 2011 State of Community Management Report. I’m just getting my hands on it now as I was out on vacation last week (thank a niece and nephew who had to go to Disney World!). But I was happy to come back to see the report was released! The report compiles lessons learned and facts from the past year that have been discussed by members and outlines Best Practices from Community, Social Media... Plus

Taking aim at a box of Legos

One can only assume that Wordpress, Joomla! and Drupal are making it hard to close deals for Adobe's Business Catalyst (BC). Why else would Brent Weaver - a BC partner(?) - have to blow off steam shooting pieces of paper with a machine gun? Brent is apparently preparing to show the world that BC does some things better than all three of the major PHP CMS solutions. Looking at the marketing video it isn't hard to imagine what they are:... Plus

Drupal Gardens Surpasses 40,000 Sites

Drupal Gardens passed a significant milestone yesterday, 40,000 sites created! This is an especially exciting moment for me as Acquia gets ready to exit the Drupal Gardens beta program tomorrow. Reaching 40,000 blew away my expectations for the number of beta sites, a testament to the market’s excitement of having the most powerful social publishing system available in a SaaS environment. Acquia never felt it was enough to simply offer SaaS Drupal, though. We wanted to overcome the key limitation of SaaS – ownership of the application and the data... Plus

Acquia Gives Back (by sorting four tons of food!)

Acquians had a great day yesterday at the Greater Boston Food Bank preparing food and household goods for distribution to 550 charitable organization throughout eastern Massachusetts. We combed through 7,661 pounds of donations, discarding spoiled, leaking and post-dated items, and put the remainder in boxes of related items, ready for delivery. On average, each volunteer made possible 112 meals for the needy. Just as a part of Acquia's mission is to contribute to the vibrancy of the Drupal community that sustains our business, we feel it's important to... Plus

Drupal... Marketing. Marketing... Drupal. Nice to meet you!

We are only a couple of weeks into 2011, but we’ve already had a very exciting start to the New Year with the launch of Drupal 7, version 1.3 of Drupal Commons, and the release of the upgrades in functionality for Drupal Gardens. Not to mention, it was announced that all Acquians +1 are invited to celebrate our 2010 success in Puerto Rico this April. It’s the beginning of a year that we anticipate will be filled with fantastic growth, challenges, learning, and fun! As we look forward and think about our plans for the year, we have made a conscious decision to focus a large portion of our... Plus

Proprietary Social Business Software and Its Dirty Little Secrets

I love it when, for the third time in the past week, we get off the phone with a customer of our Social Business Software (SBS) competitor, Jive Software, and we hear that they are playing the same games that Enterprise software companies have played for the last thirty years: - Everything is a "customization" - Customizations cost lots of money - Organizations need to rely on the company or its partners to perform customizations - The (already) proprietary instance of the software becomes to customized, it costs even more when it comes time to... Plus

The Future is OpenSaaS

This blog post is cross-posted from the 2011 Future of Open Source Forum website. As I have for the past few years, I’ll be attending the Open Source Business Conference this May in San Francisco. What makes this year different is that I will participate in a panel discussion led by Michael Skok - partner at North Bridge Venture Partners... Plus

Drupal Gardens adds SSL, RTL language support, streamlined block editing and more

This sprint the Drupal Gardens team worked on several areas of polish including internationalization, security, multi-image handling, performance and general UX. We hope you like the changes and additions outlined below: Updated all sites to the official Drupal 7.0 release.  Thanks again to everyone who made it possible! Updated the majority Drupal Gardens contrib modules. You can now delete multiple gallery images at the same time. Select the "... Plus

Finishing my first week at Acquia

I am just finishing my first week at Acquia, boy what a rocket ride! As you may have heard, read or known, Acquia is making connection with its roots - Europe. As you may have also probably heard or known, Acquia has recently established operations in the UK, the overall aim of which is to serve customers from all over the Europe. To give you a bit of a my background, its time for some sweet memories: I discovered Drupal few years ago when making a simple site for my wife (an online magazine for people with diabetes), and you may say that ‘I came for the code and stayed for the community’. In... Plus

Acquia's Invite Lost in the Mail?

It’s a bummer Acquia’s invitation to discuss social business software for the enterprise with TechCrunch’s Sarah Lacy got lost in the mail. I hate when that happens. Good news is we’re not easily offended, and will contribute to the discussion anyway. Acquia’s Drupal Commons is a social business software distribution built on the industry leading open source content management... Plus

'11 for $11 - Why You Should Renew Your Acquia Network Subscription Today

You may have seen an e-mail from Acquia or some chatter out on twitter about $11 renewals for Acquia Network basic subscriptions. To answer the question we keep getting from our customers; yes, it's for real, and we strongly encourage you to sign-up today. More importantly, I wanted to address why you should care and what would make you want to renew. The... Plus

Assembling Extraordinary External Community Sites

I was recently asked to speak to a group of CTOs in Europe and the USA about social business tools. Designed as an information session, the organizers asked Acquia to present how an open source platform like Drupal could be used to build effective community sites as well as delivering other types of web applications, from e-commerce sites to marketing microsites. The other company asked to present focuses exclusively on a social business solution, requiring the use of other products for different applications. The power of Drupal as a platform has been the primary driving force behind its... Plus

Acquia and Tesla Accelerating at Top Speeds

Last Friday January 14th Acquia employees got the ride of a lifetime! That’s right we all had the privilege of test-driving the Tesla Roadster Sport, the 100% electric sports car. This beast boasts 288-horse power and smoothly accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. The best way I can explain how amazing this car is by comparing the super smooth acceleration of the Aerosmith roller coaster ride at Disney’s Hollywood... Plus

Drupal Gardens adds custom surveys, forms and questionnaires

Lately the Drupal Gardens team has been busy adding several highly-requested mega-features.  A mega-feature is a feature so large, some companies build entire products based on that feature.  Webforms is the most recent mega-feature we have added.  Since mega-features can be complicated, we invested hundreds of design hours and thousands of engineering hours to make webforms easy-to-use.   Based on the powerful webform and form builder projects, the team... Plus

It’s almost here - 77 days and counting until DrupalCon Chicago

This year's DrupalCon Chicago event is shaping up to be the best ever; there are session proposals from top Drupalists around the country, Drupal 7 will be GA when we meet and well what’s more fun than winter in the windy city. To help make the best of your DrupalCon experience I wanted to highlight some key sessions submitted by Acquia’s finest, I hope you find this list valuable and take the time to vote on these sessions. Voting is easy, simply log on to http://drupal.org then go to https://chicago2011.drupal.org/... Plus

Drupal in Greece

Greece hasn't had an easy ride lately. Through the financial crisis and collapse of public sector funding and wages, many young Greeks have suddenly lost their prospective career path. The trash collection and public transportation workers have been striking, meaning not only will you have to walk to work, you might have to avoid gigantic piles of trash, ironically decorated with Christmas lights, along the way. To add insult to injury, it snowed the day I arrived - a rare event - and many of the smaller roads in the mountains were closed. It would be easy to feel held down in such an... Plus

Drupal - Have it YOUR Way (Or, the Constraints of Social Business Software)

One of the most common complaints that we hear from our prospects & customers when in the market for Community Software and/or Social Business Software is that the licensing models of the proprietary vendors are very inflexible. They often end up charging their customers on a per user basis, annually, - and on top of that, bundle in typical proprietary software maintenance costs. In the end of the day, the customer ends up with a very expensive, annually recurring, inflexible licensing situation, - and on top of that, the customer pays additional dollars each time they request a new... Plus

Down On the Street at the New York Drupal Business Summit

We kicked-off the first of our multi-city Drupal Business Summit events in the Big Apple yesterday and it was a rousing success. For me, every Drupal event is a learning experience, and yesterday’s event was no exception. Speakers including Bob Kerner, VP of Technology at NYSE Euronext, Jamie Clark from Zagat and Andrew Hoppin, CIO of the New York State Senate, shared great stories about how they are using Drupal as a platform for... Plus

Impossible to Catch

Rasmus Lerdorf, the creator of PHP, commented in an interview with France's leading newspaper Le Monde, that "it will be practically impossible to create today a proprietary alternative to Drupal". The remarks were in the context of the evolution of open source in the market. Lerdorf backs this up by highlighting that in the server infrastructure layer today, open source dominates. "There are several server... Plus

Acquia Partner Strategy

When I joined Acquia 18 months ago, one of our top priorities was communicating our partner strategy. As a priority, it’s still right up there, an indication that, while we have made progress, we need to be more transparent, more communicative than we have been. Having a strong and diverse ecosystem around Drupal is vital for the continued health and growth of Drupal. Code contributors are key of course, but so are other roles from documentation to marketing to organization of conferences and camps. Acquia has an express goal of facilitating and growing this ecosystem, through... Plus

Drupal Gardens adds drop-down menus, reset site, and more

Last week we pushed out a new Drupal Gardens update containing several very popular requests that we are thrilled to deliver!  In addition, we are now in the home stretch towards a Drupal 7 release candidate, with only 5 critical bugs left as of this post.  The Acquia engineering team has been spending 30% of its time working with the community directly on Drupal 7 core and contrib module efforts, and we are all counting down the days until release.  Exciting times!We just released a new version of Drupal Gardens with the following new features: Drupal... Plus

Join the Social Business Revolution

The social web is dramatically changing the way we work and play. Organizations are gaining substantial productivity improvements from what the inventor of the term web 2.0, Tim O’Reilly, describes as “harnessing the collective intelligence.” But harnessing the massive amounts of content being created in the social web is a great challenge in itself. According to Google CEO Eric Schmidt, “... Plus

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