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Acquia Cloud adds PHP 5.5 (and more)

Acquia Cloud strives to be the best place to build and manage Drupal web sites. One aspect of that is providing the best, most current PHP runtime environment for Drupal. We’ve long supported Drupal 6 and 7, and we are preparing to support Drupal 8 as soon as it is ready. Drupal 8 requires PHP 5.4 or newer, so today we are announcing that Acquia Cloud supports PHP 5.5 for all sites and all subscription levels.
Choosing the PHP version per environment
Acquia Cloud provides multiple environments, such as Dev, Staging, and Prod, for your site development workflow. Converting your site from one... Plus

Do well and do good

This blog post is on purpose, Open Source, profit and pie. This week I had an opportunity to meet Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum. I was inspired by the following comment he made (not his exact words):
"Because companies strive to have a positive balance sheet, they take more in, than they give out. However, as individuals, we define success as giving more than you take. Given that many of us are leaders as... Plus

Drupal 8 performance: render caching

In late 2009, Drupal 7 introduced render caching — enabling Drupal modules to easily cache the final HTML corresponding to a subtree in a Drupal render array. Render caching already was a powerful tool in Drupal 7, but unfortunately almost nobody knew about it! This blog post will show how you can leverage it, how it's gotten even better in Drupal 8, and how you will be leveraging it directly in Drupal 8. Hopefully I can get you excited :)
In Drupal 7, few modules use it… even in core! If your contributed module provides a block with the optional... Plus

Locking Down the Cloud

Over the last few years, IT departments have gotten increasingly comfortable with cloud technology, by which I mean cloud security. Because as one IT analyst put it recently, “When it comes to the cloud, security is the number one concern. And number two isn’t even close.”
But 2014 could be the year when thought and analysis take a back seat to action. Companies that haven’t already embraced cloud technology are ready to make the move. One reason: the rise of automation, which is making it easier -- nearly irresistible, in fact -- for IT departments to start transitioning significant parts... Plus

Drupal 8: Forms, OOP style

Back in August 2013, I wrote the original version of this article on my Drupal Gardens blog. Drupal 8 has continued to be refined since then, so I updated the code to work against the current state of Drupal 8, and am cross posting it here.
Thank you to everyone who provided feedback and encouragement on my first blog post about OOP in Drupal 8. This is the next installment. In the first post, we examined a very simple controller: one that just outputs "Hello.". In the... Plus

Ready for certification

Right after we launched our first certification last week, two questions stood out. First, why is Acquia doing the certification? And why did it take them so long? I saw these as two sides of the same coin. I wanted to reflect a bit on the history of this project.

Click here for full details of Acquia’s Drupal certification.
Ready for certification
In 2012, my colleague, Hernani Borges de Freitas, gave a presentation and wrote blog posts on “Things we found in your website.”... Plus

10 Tips to Streamline Migration Review

To a project manager for large migrations into Drupal, the time scheduled for stakeholder review of migrated content never seems to be enough. In this post, I'll talk about 10 ways Acquia Professional Services Engagement Managers have streamlined this review so it works for stakeholders without derailing the project schedule.
In a typical project schedule, the opportunity for project stakeholders to review and bless the content migration is sandwiched somewhere between the development team's first automated migration and the launch date. This... 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.
Google Glass' Health Care Challenge
Last evening I had the pleasure of sitting on a panel at an event hosted by Health Innovators discussing the future of medicine and specifically Google Glass. The event title was "Google Glass the new frontier in Healthcare Innovation?" and although I'm not sure how many converts were made, I did come away with knowledge of an incredible organization pushing... Plus

Acquia certification for Drupal

Topic: DrupalAcquiaI'm proud to share that Acquia announced its certification program today. You can now get "Acquia certified in Drupal", something I'm pretty excited about.
This is something I've been hoping to see in the community. While there have been other experiments around certification, we as a... Plus

The Importance of Content Governance in Higher Education Websites

Cross-posted with permission from Blue Coda
Many higher education institutions struggle to keep up with the demands, expectations and innovations, in both the service provision and use, of web content management. Most senior members or staff don't have the time to implement changes or plan strategies, and those who do have responsibility for things like websites, blogs and student forums often find themselves without a coherent game plan. Simply having a... Plus

11 Drupal Implementation Mistakes

Cross-posted with permission from OHO Interactive
If you're not careful when it comes to implementing your Drupal site, a lot can go wrong. Working with a partner who has Drupal expertise and plenty of experience can help you avoid costly mistakes that can derail your digital strategy. Here's our list of 11 common mistakes that are entirely avoidable, along with the reaction you can expect if you make them.
1. Picking the wrong host. If you picked a host who can’t handle spikes in your site traffic, you’re... Plus

Your First RESTful View in Drupal 8

Cross-posted with permission from Drupalize.Me
In a continuation from my first post, An Introduction to RESTful Web Services in Drupal 8, I want to explore how Views interacts with REST in Drupal 8.
As many of you already know, the Views module was added to Drupal 8 Core. With RESTful Web Services also in Core, we now have all the tools we need to create highly customizable solutions out of the... Plus

10 Tips for Success as a Remote Employee


There are passionate advocates for working remotely who will tell you about the many benefits of having been or being remote employees: less time and energy wasted commuting, more productivity, better breakfasts, better work/life balance, and so on. There are jobs and companies that are incompatible with working remotely, too. Many kinds of business need people in the same space together on a daily basis. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer famously banned working from home in 2013 as part of her effort to reboot that company and its culture. Let's take those... 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.
What to do with Big Data? CDOs May Have the Answer
One of the biggest challenges digital executives face today is figuring out what to do with it all the data. There is so much data collected today about shopping habits, travel patterns or even activities logged, that being able to effectively track and leverage this data to improve an aspect of the consumer experience or predict a certain market... Plus

Drupal vs. Sharepoint: Choosing the right platform for your site

As Drupal continues to gain significant enterprise adoption, it is competing more and more against incumbent technology in the form of commercial and proprietary software. One of the more surprising competitors in the marketplace belongs to a software application that was created for document management, not content management.
That technology is Microsoft SharePoint, and it powers a surprising amount of enterprise websites. Then again, perhaps this is not as shocking as it seems given the ubiquity of Microsoft applications and the fact Microsoft will include a license for an external website... Plus

Using the AWS Ruby SDK to Put a Drupal Site's Assets Behind a CDN

As a demo for my local Drupal meetup, I offered to show how to use an origin pull CDN to serve the static assets of a Drupal 7 site installed on Acquia Cloud. If you are not familiar with basic CDN concepts and terminology, start by reading this article on key properties of a CDN by Wim Leers. The value of using a CDN for a site's static assets is primarily a faster total page load for the end-user since once the main page HTML is loaded, the requests for images, CSS, JS, and other assets needed to fully render the page happen... Plus

Lukas Smith on how Drupal and Symfony mutually benefit from cooperating


Part 2 of 2 - I had the great pleasure of speaking with Lukas Smith at SymfonyCon Warsaw in December, 2013. Lukas is a major contributor to open source and is involved in a range of projects, including the Symfony framework, Drupal, and many more. He is one of the 50 most active contributors on GitHub. Thank you, Lukas!

In part one, we talked about how Lukas manages to contribute so much to so many open source projects, social competence in open source (I love... Plus

In the Era of the Small Screen, Localization is More Important Than Ever

If you plan on competing in the global marketplace—and chances are, you eventually will—you have to make sure that every customer in every country has the opportunity to engage with your brand. After you mark off the logistical action items for globalizing your website, such as accommodating different time zones and currencies, you’re faced with a bigger question: How will we get users in this country to engage?
How you answer that question depends on which country you’re talking about. The colors, wording and calls to action that make Chinese users engage aren’t the same ones that Brazilians... Plus

This Week-ish in Drupal Core: March 12, 2014

What's new with Drupal 8?
Two big news items this week for our intrepid testbots! First, RTBC core patches are now automatically retested every 24 hours to ensure they don't go stale and to avoid regressions and commit conflicts. Hooray!! Additionally, the 8.x testbots have been upgraded to PHP 5.4, which means Drupal 8 now officially requires PHP 5.4.2 or above to install. Woot! In addition to this allowing us to remove... Plus

We Came, We Saw, We SXSW’d

As the last day of SXSW Interactive comes to a close, there was no shortage of places to go for disruptive innovation, technology and everything social. Heck, there was even a 3D printer that made oreos with personalized hashtags.
Here’s a look at some of the sessions and events I went to during the past few days in Austin.
One on One with Mark Cuban

As Shark Tank fanboy, I couldn’t miss a fireside chat with Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks owner and tech investor. In packed hall of the Austin Convention Center, Guy Kawasaki and Mark Cuban talked sports, new tech investments, and advice for... Plus

Acquia Status Website Moves to a New Platform

We have moved the Acquia Status website: http://status.acquia.com to a new platform. The new site is built to allow us to be more proactive and reach out faster and in a more targeted manner.
Components
The new website features status of all the major Acquia platforms and products. Currently we have separate statuses for each component: Acquia Cloud Enterprise, Acquia Cloud standard, Acquia Network and Insight, Acquia Cloud Site Factory, Drupal Gardens, Acquia Cloud API, and Acquia Search.

Incidents
The site will also allow us to give updates on... Plus

eTail West Highlights the Conflicted World of Commerce

I’m a big fan of Dr. Seuss, and so when Eric Feinberg of Foresee referred to potential customer segments as Thing 1 and Thing 2 at the recent eTail conference, I had to smile. As I thought more about the current state of commerce, though, I decided that a Dr. Dolittle shout-out to Pushmi-Pullyu is more apt.
Commerce teams today are clearly being pulled in two very different directions. On the one hand, the push by Amazon/Google/eBay for same day delivery – and soon I believe, same hour delivery – is forcing retailers to fanatically... Plus

5 Mistakes to Avoid on your Drupal Website - Number 5: Maintenance

In the previous articles in this series, we've focused on aspects of architecture, security and performance and the choice of infrastructure. All of that work will come to little without a reliable... Plus

5 Reasons Why Your School Should Use Drupal Commerce

While colleges and universities are not ecommerce businesses they still do a great deal of ecommerce. From online bill payments for class registration, to payments for fines, infractions and permits, to dining plans and other related student services, to tickets for events and seminars, to online bookstores for merchandize and materials, and of course to online giving for fundraising and advancement activities, colleges and universities are using ecommerce every day to support the multi-faceted business of higher education. And for each of these online transactions there is a commerce... Plus

The Hacker and Hustler: How to Code a Great Company

It all starts with a great idea, something you think will change the world. What’s next? Well, for Dries Buytaert, the creator of Drupal and a hacker by trade, he wanted to take his great idea and build a company around it.

Drupal was his college dorm side project, initially created as a sounding board for himself and his classmates. Drupal was slowly gaining traction and adoption, but it wasn’t until Dries had to spend many late nights helping MTV with its Drupal sites that he had the big idea. Why not build a company around Drupal support, helping brands better leverage this open source... Plus

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