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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... Meer

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... Meer

Survival Tips from a SXSW Pro: Part 1

No matter how you approach it, SXSW is a vast matrix of possibilities spread over several square miles of Austin and environs over several days. To get the most out of it, you need to prepare early and thoroughly. In the immediate gratification era in which we live, I wish I could simply tell you, “There’s an app for that.” But while there are many apps which will make your life easier (and some which will be indispensable at least for the Interactive portion), there’s no substitute for doing your homework for this one. What follows are a few pieces of advice I’d give you if you were going... Meer

Drupal 8 Module upgrade workshop at Drupal Developer Days in Szeged

Gábor Hojtsy, Jesse Beach (jessebeach), and Jess (xjm) will lead a Drupal 8 module upgrade workshop during Drupal Developer Days in Szeged, Hungary. Now is the time to start upgrading contributed modules... Meer

Everything you need to know about naming your Drupal contributed project

So you're contributing a module or theme to the greater Drupal community. Awesome! We're thrilled that you're sharing your work. Naming your project may be one of the last things on your mind, but a poor naming choice could cause you issues down the road. Your project name ends up in a lot of places, including: Google Search Results, Drupal.org related project listings, the URL to the project, the title of your project page, Drush commands, the filenames of your project files, hook invocations in your project, and CSS classes, to name a few. A name that's used inconsistently can be confusing... Meer

5 Mistakes to Avoid on your Drupal Website - Number 2: Security

Good security practices protect your site from hacker attacks. In this article we'll look at some methods for reducing security risks on your site.  Drupal Security Best Practices Drupal has good security built in if used correctly. However, once you begin to configure your site you might introduce new security issues. Plan configuration so that only trusted users have permissions that involve security risks. Keep core and contrib modules updated You may not opt to do some module updates if the fixes or improvements have no direct effect on your site, however you should... Meer

2014 Global Drupal 8 Sprint Weekend- Meet the Sprinters

The weekend of January 25 was the 2014 Global Sprint for Drupal 8 and at Genuine Interactive in Boston, we had over 40 people get together to contribute to the Drupal community and help prepare Drupal 8 for beta release. Running off of Genuine's espresso machine (which uses Linux), I helped with what I could in terms of documentation and other grammatical reviews that needed attention for Drupal Core. With it being my first sprint, I was really excited to meet the sprinters and really understand why they are involved with Drupal. Here are a few sprinters I interviewed from this weekend! Mike... Meer

Top 3 Ways Online Support Communities Provide Value

Call centers, chat sessions, direct emails. These are effective methods of supporting developer communities. The advantages of replacing them with the social support of online communities, though, is a matter of simple math. In addition to lowering the costs of supporting developers, studies have shown that leveraging online communities also has the benefit of increasing customer satisfaction. After all, who better to troubleshoot your issue? A developer who dealt with the same issue a week ago, or someone either struggling to find the answer in a training manual or trying to dredge up second... Meer

This (two) weeks in Drupal Core

What's new with Drupal 8? Last week, in lieu of a This week in Drupal Core, xjm and wechick compiled a phenomenal This YEAR in Drupal Core, so here's a catch up of the last two weeks. Happy 13th birthday, Drupal! Drupal 1.0.0 was released on January 15th, 2001. Many software projects from that era are long forgotten by now. That we have stayed relevant and gotten stronger through 13 years of fast and chaotic evolution of the internet is, in my opinion, very impressive. Here's some highlights from the birthday:... Meer

A Helpful Guide to Your First Drupal Sprint

Cross-posted with permission from Genuine Interactive It’s almost time for your first Drupal Sprint, but you’re not sure what to expect and what you do to be prepared. Here at Genuine, we want all contributors to be prepared for the 2014 Global Drupal 8 Sprint Weekend so we’ve put together answers to some key questions. If you still have questions, feel free to contact... Meer

DrupalSouth Preview: Technology, Community, a Superhero, and a Homecoming

Sheep ... and the Lord of the Rings movies. That's what typically comes to the minds of most people when they think of New Zealand. Sheep outnumber Kiwi's (the local term for human New Zealanders) roughly seven to one: 4+ million humans, 28+ million sheep. When I was growing up there as a kid, there were more than 50 million sheep, though ... As Acquia’s open source evangelist, I feel honoured to have been asked to keynote the biggest Drupal event in the Australasian region and I will do my part to make DrupalSouth an... Meer

From content management to digital experience management

Cross-posted with permission from buytaert.net Happy 13th birthday Drupal! It’s hard to believe so much has happened with Drupal when it really just started as a little hobby project. I'm super proud of what we accomplished. After all these years, it continues to be a passion and labor of love to grow, maintain and sustain the larger community. A birthday presents us with a great time to look back and reflect. Though there are many things... Meer

Looking for a Drupal job?

There are many great positions available for people who build Drupal sites. For anyone who knows PHP, Drupal is a great extension to your tool chain. Drupal’s unique site building model also allows for non-coding web development. Right now, the job market in Drupal is tipped in the favor of the job seeker. If you need help finding Drupal jobs, you’re in the right place. I just wrote an ebook “Building a Great Drupal Team” for employers and recruiters, so I’d certainly recommend reading that if you’re... Meer

No, you don’t have to be a developer to contribute to Drupal Sprints

Cross-posted with permission from Genuine Interactive Ways to Contribute to 2014 Global Drupal 8 Sprint Weekend There’s a Drupal Sprint taking place at Genuine in a couple of weeks and you automatically think, “Oh, it’s a developers event.” Think again because that’s a Sprint myth that needs to go away, especially when more contributors are needed to help with pushing Drupal 8 beyond writing code! A successful Drupal Sprint needs people who can test patches, write... Meer

Top 3 Challenges Facing Public Sector Intranets

All intranet efforts start out with the best intentions. Organizations envision an information hub for their community made up of easy to find websites that are simple to create and maintain. A one-stop shop for all their information needs, if you will. Many of these efforts fail, causing the end users to shudder at the mere mention of such an attempt again. And for government organizations, there are additional challenges when creating an intranet as part of a Digital Government Strategy. This got me thinking about the top three challenges public sector agencies are facing with intranet... Meer

Drupal Commons | Social Business Platform

Cross-posted with permission from Blue Coda Companies are continually looking for better and more integrated methods by which to connect with their users. While platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn offer large populations, and many of your users are undoubtedly already on there, they leave a lot to be desired. Primarily, the ability to control your community data, and use it in meaningful ways. Without access to the back-end data for your community, analysis is much weaker or not... Meer

Learning Through Celebration

Cross-posted with permission from Drupalize.Me During DrupalCon Prague I had the pleasure of giving a presentation about teaching Drupal 8 as part of the core conversations track. In the presentation I talked a lot about providing a good learning environment for people starting with Drupal 8, and removing the fear and uncertainty that are so... Meer

Skateboarding and Drupal ‘Collide’ For Public Good

What happens when two passions, one for skateboarding, one for Drupal collide? Read the details below, and learn how, now with help from Acquia, the result of this “collision” is geared for great success. Let’s begin at the beginning: In 1995, Long Beach Council member Mike Donelon was getting multiple calls from a constituent complaining about skateboarders in front of their house. In researching the situation and talking to the kids involved, they told him they had no where to skate legally, safely and hassle free. The need -- and benefit -- of a public skatepark quickly became apparent.... Meer

For Ops Team Member, Giving Back is the Goal

Some years ago I was working for the public sector and had some innovative ideas for using free and open source software in order to make things more agile, stable and cheaper. This involved not only changing the users' desktops but more importantly the online presence, the public services and the deciders' mentality. It was then I came to know software like Typo3, Plone, Mambo/Joomla, Wordpress and ultimately Drupal. Dragged by inspiration to draw some guidance projects, I started a quest to bring the... Meer

Support Team Marks 100,000 Engagement Milestone

One of the main drivers in the founding of Acquia was to support organizations that wanted to use what was then a relatively new technology called Drupal. So it meant a lot as the customer solutions team recently hit the milestone of successfully completing 100,000 support engagements. This is a particularly rewarding number because it represents the thousands of times we’ve been able to successfully help Drupal users meet the challenge of managing and scaling their sites. Our customers, including some of the world’s leading Drupal users, are on the cutting edge of technology. Their sites... Meer

Analyzing the App Generation

Cross-posted with permission from DigitalDisruption.com The rapid innovation of digital media and its impact is as big as the introduction of the written word or printed messages. This is according to Harvard psychology professor Howard Gardner, and I couldn't agree more. Gardner made this statement as he and co-author Katie Davis discussed their new book "The App Generation" at a packed First Baptist Church in Harvard Square. But what interested me most aside from the riveting back and forth between Davis and Gardner was the... Meer

Battleplan for Search & Solr in Drupal 8

tl;dr Contrib Search maintainers are committed to make Drupal 8 kick ass with Search API. Search is a massively cool technology spectrum with loads of really tough problems such as language stemming, delivering search as a site scales and helping customers actually find what they want. However, solving these is not so easy. Let’s look at the history of Search and Solr in Drupal. Drupal 6 Drupal 6 got a great Apache Solr Search module, thanks to PWolanin and RobertDouglass. There was a 1.x and... Meer

How Timbre Disrupts Your Local Concert Market

Posted with permission from DigitalDisruption.com For the average concert-goer, there are more events than one can wrap one’s head around. It’s hard to keep track of who’s coming to town, what merits your attention, and what’s ultimately worth your commitment (and hard-earned greenbacks). On the flip side, artists struggle to get their name out, despite the Internet’s ability to democratize access. The fight to own record store shelf space is over; now, artists largely host their music online. But capturing and motivating an ever... Meer

A Tale of Two Roadmaps: Drupal vs Jive

During the era before the marketplace began moving at lightspeed, having a “roadmap” laying out the coming features offered by a software vendor was seen as a plus. Knowing what to expect and when was a comfort. Today, being confined to a roadmap is like being in a straightjacket, prevented from moving and pivoting with rapid market demands. It’s ok if there a roadmap, but the roadmap has to be mine, not the vendor’s. The limitations and constraints presented by a proprietary vendor’s roadmap came to mind last week as I read about a Jive Software product announcement in an industry... Meer

BADcamp 2013 - What to expect?

We’re ready to Rock! BADcamp 2013 Preview! We’re 3 days away from BADcamp 2013 and we could not be more excited. What is BADcamp? BADcamp stands for the Bay Area Drupal camp - an annual event that happens in Berkeley California where local Drupalists get together over four days of summits, sprints, trainings, sessions, BOFs, networking, parties and more. I’m particularly excited about this year’s BADcamp because we’re making a big splash. The incredible bunch of Drupalists and engineers we have at Acquia never ceases to amaze me. Passion for Drupal, Open Source and the community rides high in... Meer

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