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A Beginner’s Guide to Distributions: A fast-track to Drupal development


In the next few weeks we’ll be featuring distributions which can give you a fast track to developing with Drupal. We’ll be introducing a new distribution each week until our webinar on May 28th, where my colleague Jakub Suchy will answer all your questions about using existing distributions or deciding when you should build your own.

Distro? What is this magic you speak of?

Imagine if someone would let you download a copy of their working site so you could reverse engineer it. What modules did they use? How did the implement layouts? How did they model content types? You could get lots... Plus

This week in Drupal Core - April 30th 2014

What's new with Drupal 8?
This week saw the release of Drupal 8 alpha 11 and two major patches - one adding PSR-4 autoloading support and another containing the Drupal 6 to Drupal 8 migration path.
The PSR-4 patch added PSR-4 support alongside PSR-0 but it is planned to remove PSR-0 support for module classes before the first beta. We will continue to support PSR-0 for external libraries provided by modules. For more information read the change record.
The Drupal 6 to Drupal 8 migrate path was a huge patch, congratulations to all those involved.... Plus

Locking Down the Cloud: Countering Automated Attacks

At last year’s Cloud Security Alliance Congress, Philip Lieberman raised an issue that brought home to me why automation is now a must-have when it comes to security. Not just for cloud security, for all computer security.
In his talk, Philip, who is the founder and president of Lieberman software, which sells cloud IT administration and privileged identity management tools, detailed some of the techniques employed by a new breed of hackers, who are often backed by nation-states.
These attackers have moved beyond the smash-and-grab-style and are now using a "low and slow" approach, quietly... Plus

Is Digital Marketing Consolidation Inevitable? Not According to Gartner

I recently came across a fantastic article from Martin Kihn, a research director at Gartner, titled "Digital Marketing Consolidation Is Not Inevitable." The article did a great job of stating the case against the marketing cloud. I wrote a similar post last year about the Adobe Marketing Cloud. In his article, Martin makes three excellent points about the challenges of marketing suites and clouds:
Change isn't Changing
The speed of change in digital marketing alters math.... Plus

It Works in the Wild: Open Source + Business - Meet me at re:publica 2014!


Meet me in Berlin this May at re:publica!

I am thrilled to have been selected to make the case for Drupal and Open Source as tools for better business at this year’s re:publica conference in Berlin May 6th to May 9th, 2014. My session, “It Works in the Wild: Open Source + Business” has been accepted into the program. re:publica started in 2007 as a small blogger meet-up and has developed into an important digital-society event, attracting more than 5000 visitors from around... Plus

How to know your site is up, and manage access in the Acquia toolset

I’m exceptionally proud to announce the general availability of some new features for the Acquia toolset: Uptime Monitoring and Teams & Permissions.
Over the last several months we’ve gone through a careful beta phase; rolling these tools out to limited sets of users, gathering their feedback, refining, bug-fixing, and making sure they fit the bill. Now, with hundreds of customers using these features we’re ready to take the “beta” label off and offer them to all.
Teams and Permissions
Manage granular permissions at the role level.
The first goal of the Teams and Permissions (T&P)... Plus

Keeping Pace with DigitalDisruption.com

Here are some of the past week's highlights from DigitalDisruption.com, Acquia's portal for examining the impact of digital disruption.
From Chief Digital Officer to Chief Listening Officer: What’s your Trojan Horse?
With an alumni-base of over 375,000, there’s no shortage of social feedback coming to the desk of Harvard’s chief digital officer Perry Hewitt. But for this CDO, that's the perfect Trojan horse to get them collaborating together, and to tap a smart base of people who can help drive university’s initiatives.
The... Plus

How SensioLabs UK drives value with BDD


Part 2 of 3: Paul Wander, co-founder and VP Sales and Marketing at the UK PHP service provider Inviqa – the co-parent company of SensioLabs UK – was kind enough to give me an hour of his time recently to talk about some interests we have in common. In this podcast, we cover the gap between human beings and machines, behavior driven development, the Gherkin syntax, and how good communication and BDD can... Plus

GradCity Launches Responsive Website

Cross-posted with permission from OHO Interactive
Growing up in the snowy winters of the Northeast can be fun. Snow days! Hot cocoa! It can also be disappointing, like during your senior year when your high school combines February and April vacations into one week in March because of an excess of snow days. Losing a week of vacation was harsh, but it did get us the parental sympathy required to take a senior trip.
If we had only known about GradCity, that trip would have been much more fun.
GradCity is... Plus

SharePoint to Drupal Migration

Cross-posted with permission from Blue Coda
With enterprise adoption of Drupal increasing at a rapid rate, many companies are interested in the options available to migrate from legacy systems. For companies using Microsoft’s SharePoint as an external web platform (check out our post about using SharePoint as a CMS), the thought of migrating thousands of pieces of content can... Plus

Six Ways Your NGO Site Can Increase Membership and Donations


Cross-posted with permission from Promet Source
If you're looking to create great NGO and association sites using Drupal, below are six ways your NGO can increase membership and donations.
1) Develop a Community!
Drupal has a lot of exciting ways (including the Organic Groups module) for you to give members a social hub. Engage users with live social walls, user profiles, communication tools, user search functionality, event calendars, and more...Drupal lets you... Plus

I’m Kris Vanderwater, Drupal Developer and Acquia’s Developer Evangelist.

I’ve been working at Acquia for a little over two weeks now. The experience has been one I would characterize as “whirlwind” in nature. If you ask new Acquians about their on-boarding experience, the most common comparison is the age old “Drinking from a firehose” analogy. I honestly expected, as someone who already knew Drupal, that this might in some way lessen the stream of information to manageable levels. I was wrong. If anything the fire hose is a bit like sticking your toes into the shallow end of the pool, and knowing Drupal already was like “Oh you know how to swim? Here’s the ocean... Plus

Locking Down the Cloud: Dealing with Complexity

I love this illustration from a recent Netskope Cloud Report.

The IT guy, standing in his dinghy, is estimating that he has 40-50 cloud apps running in his enterprise.
But check out that submerged iceberg: it’s more like 397! That’s nearly 10x the IT estimate.
You’ll notice that Netskope also points out that 77 percent of those apps are not enterprise ready. We’re talking consumer cloud apps like Dropbox, Evernote, Twitter, and so on. We’re talking all those “stealth IT” and “shadow IT” sites that employees set up on their own -- to prototype an idea, or get a specific task done, fast.... Plus

This week (or two or three) in Drupal Core

What's new with Drupal 8?
Configuration system changes
Over the past month, a lot of work has gone into the configuration system. With the addition of a separate module install/uninstall step for the config import process, it's finally possible to properly synchronize configuration changes with module installations or uninstallations. You can now transform a site installed with the Minimum install profile into a site using the Standard install profile by importing configuration (the case we've long said will be our indicator that CMI "works"). (... Plus

Great Examples of Amazing Digital Experiences!

On a mission to help companies and brands thrive in the complex digital world, Acquia partners with top digital agencies that are creating amazing digital experiences. This competition serves as a chance to showcase the best examples of their work.
Acquia’s digital agency partners submitted more than 100 client sites for consideration across 15 categories. Acquia executives then selected 44 finalists, assessing each site on visual design, functionality, integration and overall customer experience. Finalists will be evaluated by a panel of experts from the digital marketing and Drupal... Plus

Keeping Pace with DigitalDisruption.com

Here are some of the past week's highlights from DigitalDisruption.com, Acquia's portal for examining the impact of digital disruption.
Innovative Solution Delivers Affordable, Assistive Technologies
What would happen if you could never tell a loved one how much you cared about them or even communicate simple commands that are taken for granted each day? There are millions of Americans currently living with neurological conditions that leave them unable to communicate effectively or use a computer. With the only market-available... Plus

Paul Wander on PHP and Open Source in the Enterprise


Part 1 of 3: Paul Wander, co-founder and VP Sales and Marketing at the UK PHP service provider Inviqa – the co-parent company of SensioLabs UK – was kind enough to give me an hour of his time recently to talk about some interests we have in common. In this podcast, we talk about when Paul discovered open source software, Inviqa and SensioLabs UK's history, Symfony and open source software in the enterprise. In parts 2 and 3, we cover Symfony2, Drupal 8, behavior... Plus

Secure Acquia accounts with two-step verification and strong passwords

Today I’m proud to announce the general availability of three new authentication and access control security features for the Acquia Network. The following features will help ensure the security of your account and sites on Acquia Cloud by securing the sign-in process and enabling subscription-based access controls on the Acquia Network:
Two-step verification (a.k.a. 2FA)
Strong password enforcement
IP address access control
Any user may set up two-step verification on their Acquia account; IP address control and password strength requirements can also be enforced for all team members and... Plus

5 Erreurs à éviter pour votre site Drupal - nombre 1: l'architecture

Drupal est l’un des systèmes de gestion de contenu les plus flexibles qui existe. Dans cette série de post, je vais revenir en détail sur 5 erreurs à éviter sur votre site Web Drupal qui incluent: l’architecture, la sécurité, la performance, l’infrastructure, et la gestion du cycle de vie du site.
Un remerciement chaleureux à mon collègue Ryan MacInnis qui m’a incité à écrire cette série d’articles.
Du point de vue de l’architecture, voici les décisions vitales que vous prendrez pour vous assurer du succès et de la performance de votre site Web Drupal.
Comment structurer votre contenu
Comment... Plus

Locking Down the Cloud: Freeing the Cloud

When I started talking to cloud experts about automation and security, I thought that we’d spend most of our time discussing how automation reduces human error (and deliberate malfeasance). And how it frees up IT time for higher value activities.
It does both of those things, of course. But I also discovered a sub-theme that kept bubbling up in my conversations: by automating security, you give a power boost to one of the most appealing features of cloud hosting: rapid elasticity and scalability.
Let’s say that you need to scale up your digital capacity to handle a surge of interest and... Plus

The best kind of learning technology

Our training is hands-on, but what that means has changed through the years we’ve run Drupal training. Now you’re just as likely to see learners drawing on paper, collaborating with someone, giving a quick demo, or of course, working hard on their computers. I was reminded of this recently looking at some photos of a client training by our partner, Cegeka with Laurens Vandeput, Senior Drupal developer and team coach. Such simple tools are a key component of our technical... Plus

Keeping Pace with DigitalDisruption.com

Here are some of the past week's highlights from DigitalDisruption.com, Acquia's portal for examining the impact of digital disruption.
The Chief Digital Officer Landscape
While the CDO role is most prevalent in media and advertising, the sector where it is having the most gains is retail, with Best Buy, Walmart, Starbucks, etc. leading the way in carving out a role for a senior executive devoted to owning and innovating on the digital customer experience. Any digitally focused organization (one that relies on digital to deliver a... Plus

How to reliably test sandbox projects using the drupal.org testbot locally

During Drupal Dev Days in Hungary, there were many sprints that took place. You can see the amazing footage of what went on there in this nice movie, but that is not what we are going to discuss now!
In this blog post, we'll talk about how to manage your Drupal 8 module upgrade while working with many people together using a sandbox. Since drupal.org does not allow you to grant per branch access to the repository, it might be risky to allow everyone commit... Plus

Protecting Enterprise Drupal Users Against Heartbleed

On the afternoon of Monday, April 7 2014, the Heartbleed bug was made public and demonstrated that the majority of encrypted traffic on the Internet was vulnerable to eavesdropping.
In this post we wanted to provide insight into the steps Acquia took to handle this event. First, though, we want to state:
Acquia’s infrastructure is now safe and hardened
Acquia has been working to ensure our customers’ Drupal sites are secure no matter how or where they use Drupal
Mitigating Heartbleed involves more than just software updates or server patching
We are... Plus

DrupalCon Training with the Acquia team! UX and Security

The Acquia team is getting ready for DrupalCon Austin. We're excited about the official announcement of training at DrupalCon which is held on the Monday before the conference on Monday, June 2. We have two courses on offer which we think you'll love. One will get you started evaluating your designs with users, and how to conduct usability testing. One will help ensure your site or application is secure which is increasingly important for sites of all sizes.
Sale on ticket prices until May 2nd
DrupalCon training is on sale for $75 off. And the ticket pricing is $100 off the cost of onsite... Plus

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