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What shall we do about Themes?

Update - 22 Feb 2010: One of the issues lightly touched on below is the market need for some themes besides those on drupal.org. Acquia has started to collect both themes, as well as links to theme providers, at a new site devoted to the design-aspects of Drupal. See design.acquia.com for more information. (Original post follows.) For almost as long as I've been involved with Drupal, there's been a running complaint – either a (false) perception or (true) reality – that Drupal is "theme-challenged" compared to alternatives like Joomla and WordPress. I had this complaint myself when I first started using Drupal. Our investors heard it during their due-diligence on Drupal. And I continue to hear it from people I meet who are building their first Drupal site. I've got some cycles now to pay some concentrated attention to this, and see if there's something we can do about it (where "we" means both Acquia and the Drupal community at large.) I encourage you to add your comments / thoughts to this blog post. In fact, my primary purpose in this post is to listen to people. So read on, and give me your thoughts. What's the problem - really? The first thing to do is to characterize the complaints. I think there are (at least) two high-level areas of interest:

Screencast - Acquia Drupal Stack Installer - Now with multisite support.

Click on the video below to see how simple it is to install multiple, local Acquia Drupal websites, Apache 2, PHP5, and MySQL with the Acquia Drupal stack installer.

Deutsche Version: Multisite Acquia Drupal Stack Installer screencast

Versione in Italiano: Multisite Acquia Drupal Stack Installer screencast

Multiple Drupal sites & virtual hosts on Acquia Drupal Stack Installer (DAMP)

A little over a month ago we posted a survey asking what you wanted to see next in the Acquia Drupal Stack Installer (a.k.a. DAMP). According the survey results, the most requested feature was support for multiple virtual hosts so you could easily set up multiple Drupal web sites using any local URL. For example: http://mysite.localhost or http://myclient.theirdomain.com, etc.

I am happy to announce we recently released a new version of the Acquia Drupal Stack Installer that supports multiple virtual hosts.

The S-Files: Cron run exceeded the time limit and was aborted.

Tech Support Case Studies

Our support team is prepared to deal with any Drupal related problem or question that might arise. Some problems show up more often than others, though, and in those cases it is good to have the solutions at your fingertips.

This recently got added to our growing library of Drupal knowledge, and deals with the problem of running cron efficiently. In the effort to tune PHP to perform well while serving normal web pages, it is possible to set some values in php.ini so low that they are insufficient for running cron.

Acquia Drupal Connected to WoodWing Enterprise 6 Content Publishing Platform

Customers can now build business critical publishing solutions with enterprise grade support from WoodWing and Acquia

Andover, MA – May 13, 2009 – Acquia today announced a technology partnership with WoodWing Software. The WoodWing’s Enterprise 6 Content Publishing Platform is now available with an out-of-the-box integration module for Drupal and ships with Acquia Drupal.

MySQL conference and Expo 2009

This is the third year the Drupal project has had a booth at the MySQL conference. This year we are the only web content management project represented and it is our biggest presence at the conference yet. This year we have four booth volunteers including Joshua Lawrence from Chapter Three, John Faber from AF83, Avi Harsh from Halosys, and myself.

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Drupal.org Re-design sprint San Francisco: Day 2

The redesign sprinters met early to discuss what the priorities, and blockers were for launching the re-designed drupal.org. The critical path is documented in the redesign theme implementers group. The base theme, blue cheese, for the redesign is progressing along nicely. The themers are focusing on getting the content for landing pages and theming those top level landing pages.

The S-Files: "A view that displays a user's content"

UPDATE: I think this recipe is deprecated by the Views Attach module which addresses the use case directly: http://drupal.org/project/views_attach

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Drupal.org Re-design sprint San Francisco: Day 1

Today was the beginning of the fifth Drupal.org redesign sprint. The prior sprints in order are: Cologne Germany, Cambridge Mass. USA, Paris France, Drupalcon Washington DC USA, and now San Francisco USA.

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