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Trickle-down & ripple-out: the 4 Freedoms with Anthony Ferrara


PHP core contributor, security expert, and Senior Architect at NBCUniversal, Anthony Ferrara and I sat down to talk at the PHP BeNeLux '13 conference. In part one of our conversation, we talked about open source as an ethos and how it affects business. In this part, we talk about what the Four Freedoms mean to us as IT and web professionals, but also the growing... Plus

5 Surprisingly Great Examples of Responsive Websites

Ethan Marcotte wrote the book (literally) on responsive design in 2010. Ethan wrote that:
The control which designers know in the print medium, and often desire in the web medium, is simply a function of the limitation of the printed page. We should embrace the fact that the web doesn’t have the same constraints, and design for this flexibility. But first, we must “accept the ebb and flow of things”.
Ethan was involved in project for the... Plus

Drupal How to: Get inline images on your Drupal site.

In this 3 part Drupal How to series, I'm going to show you how various options for configuring images on your site. In Part 1, we looked at how to tweak the default image options. Here, in Part 2, we'll see ways to allow inline images. In Part 3, we'll see the latest options for responsive images.
Inline images on your site
As we saw in part 1, the Drupal 7 defaults for image handling are pretty flexible. But they don’t suit all... Plus

Meet Anthony Ferrara: The only people who win are everybody.


I met PHP core contributor and security expert Anthony Ferrara at the PHP BeNeLux '13 conference. He is a Senior Architect at NBCUniversal on a team that works a lot with Drupal. In this first part of a three-part interview, we sat down to talk about open source as an ethos and how it affects business. In the next two parts of our conversation, we talked about the consequences and practice of the Four Freedoms that define open source software, and the security... Plus

Drupal How-To: Basics, tweak the defaults for adding images to your site

By Heather
In this 3 part Drupal How to series, I'm going to show you how various options for configuring images on your site. Here, in Part 1, we'll see how to tweak the default image options. In Part 2, we'll see ways to allow WYSIWYG and inline images. In Part 3, we'll see the latest options for responsive images.
What can Drupal do with images out of the box?
I first sat down to write a tutorial (and some Drupal.org documentation) about the... Plus

What is Capgemini doing to contribute to Drupal?

Drupal's massive growth has attracted some true global giants to our community. Capgemini is a 100k+ person consulting firm with over 35k employees in India. Apart from Capgemini's established reputation as a leader in large scale Drupal implementations and a preferred Acquia partner, they are now also actively contributing to the community through drupal.org testing efforts.
The Capgemini drupal.org contribution team consists of three developers with Drupal and PHP backgrounds, an architect and a manager. My email interview with them... Plus

Radio France sponsors Spark Drupal 7 work

Topic: DrupalAcquiaSpark distributionWhen we first announced the Spark authoring experience initiative for Drupal in May of last year, we chose Drupal 7 as our target in order to develop the... Plus

Meet Moshe Weitzman: Developer Tools, Product Development, Drupal History


Moshe Weizman is Acquia's Director of Research and Development in the Office of the CTO. Over the years, he's built many of the development tools that have been instrumental in Drupal's growth and success. Now, alongside his ongoing contributions to Drupal itself, he works with Acquia's product teams from conception, through architecture and prototyping, to helping coordinate ongoing... Plus

Meet Erik Webb, the southern gentleman helping Drupal projects succeed


Erik Webb – aka "Southern Gentleman" within his team – Senior Technical Consultant with Acquia's Professional Services group helps some of the "biggest Drupal users" in his job. In any given week, he might be doing anything from training people brand new to Drupal, to performance tuning and everything in between to make projects succeed. "I helped a Fortune 100 company move their entire web presence to Drupal." At this scale, Erik's job is about... Plus

Managed Cloud pro tip: The Environments

Managed Cloud is a great tool for hassle-free management of your Drupal sites and works great out of the box. What I realized in the last weeks is that it has a lot of features that we don’t typically advertise to users but are hugely valuable for them. Development environments are one of those.
The standard of Drupal development stipulates that you need three environments for your users:
Development - for making the actual changes and integrating them
Staging (sometimes called Testing) - to test all changes before going live
Production (sometimes called Live) - where the actual site runs for... Plus

4 Steps to Optimize Your Drupal Site, Increase Traffic

I recently used acquia.com to demonstrate how to increase site traffic on a Drupal website by improving the online marketing. This conversation made me think that I could share some of the key things I do on acquia.com with other Drupal site managers. For starters, SEO, or search engine optimization, is a huge focus for me and there are some great tools in Drupal to help with this.
Step1:
Please start by enabling clean URLs within your system settings. It’s easy. Just a check box.
Step 2:
Now, for a bit more work. I’ve listed out the top 5 modules I suggest putting on your website to help... Plus

5 Content Management Blogs You Should be Reading

1) Gadgetopia. This blog run by Deane Barker is one of my favorites. Deane often writes about the more complex and subtle topics surrounding content management, and he does it from the perspective of having implemented hundreds of sites over the years.
2) Digital Clarity Group. DCG is team of research-driven industry analysts who cover content management and digital transformation. I've known their founder... Plus

Acquia retrospective 2012

Meet Andrew Melck: "Drupal means best of breed solutions"


Andrew Melck, Solutions Architect on the Pre-Sales Team in Acquia Europe is the subject of the first Acquia podcast of 2013.

Andrew came to Acquia and Drupal from a German digital agency where he had experience with both open source and proprietary technologies. He was excited to encounter Drupal as a PHP project with global scope and for the fact that, "When I downloaded it the first time, it just ran. I grasped how this thing worked and how you could plug stuff together very quickly. It seemed very straightforward." Compared to Typo3's "dispiriting" back end, "I found it really... Plus

Open Source, Community, and Freedom

I’ve been with Acquia for a few weeks and have greatly enjoying learning about Drupal and what makes an open source project succeed – the community. It’s such a different approach to product development than I’m used to, having spent most of my career working for commercial CMS companies. I’ve already seen the energy, commitment and passion of the Drupal community.
In fact, I’m beginning to believe that community is one of the most important factors in the long-term success of a CMS implementation project. CMS expert Deane Barker writes about... Plus

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