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Demo Framework: A distribution pretty much guaranteed to blow their minds

This post is part of a series: A Beginner’s Guide to Distributions: A fast-track to Drupal development. I want to apologize to my loyal blog readers, I love you so! I had a bit of a personal hiccup, which meant a few weeks of my life were shuffled up and didn't fall back in the places I had put them. I am continuing with this series, and TODAY, you can join me and Jakub Suchy for a webinar talking all about... Meer

5 PHP Components every Drupal 8 Developer should know: Part 1 -- Composer

Drupal 8 has made a lot of changes. Architectural and technical changes abound, but Drupal 8 has also brought social changes. We’re not really feeling the full effects of those changes quite yet, but with time, I believe the implications of Drupal 8’s new direction will have an amazing impact for the good of our community. A big part of those changes was the decision to adopt outside code. The 180 degree turn from a primarily NIH (Not Invented Here) culture to a PFE/PIE (Proudly Found Elsewhere/Proudly Invented Elsewhere) culture has been shocking and dramatic. We’re still feeling those... Meer

Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8: Episode 5 - Front-End Developer Improvements

Welcome to the 5th installment of an 8-part blog series we're calling "The Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8." Whether you're a site builder, module or theme developer, or simply an end-user of a Drupal website, Drupal 8 has tons in store for you! This blog series will attempt to enumerate the major changes in Drupal 8. Please note that since Drupal 8 is still under active development, some of the details below may change prior to its release. Still, since Drupal 8 is now feature-frozen, hopefully most info should remain relevant. Where applicable,... Meer

Rapidly Responding to Security Vulnerabilities

It’s an unfortunate fact of life on the web that security threats and vulnerabilities are exposed on a regular basis. We have to be ready for them at all times and at any cadence. Just two weeks ago, both the OpenSSL TLS MITM and Ubuntu Kernel vulnerabilities became public within hours of one another. At Acquia, our stance is that we’re ever vigilant and always ready for these situations. Our customers’... Meer

Migrate in 8, DrupalCon post-mortem

At DrupalCon Austin, I led a Core Conversation panel, Status of Migrate in 8, along with chx, ultimike, Ryan Weal, and bdone. The conversation was well-received, and we fielded some good questions. To summarize what we went over, updated for continued developments: What does... Meer

Acquia acquired TruCentric

We’re excited to announce that Acquia acquired TruCentric, a software-as-a-service company that is focused on providing personalization for websites. Earlier this year we launched Acquia Lift, which brings testing and personalization capabilities to Drupal sites. With TruCentric, we acquired not only a great complementary product that we will integrate with Acquia Lift, we also gained a great team with a long history and strong leadership in marketing automation... Meer

Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8: Episode 4 - Multilingual Improvements

Welcome to the 4th installment of an 8-part blog series we're calling "The Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8." Whether you're a site builder, module or theme developer, or simply an end-user of a Drupal website, Drupal 8 has tons in store for you! This blog series will attempt to enumerate the major changes in Drupal 8. Successive posts will gradually get more technical, so feel free to skip to later parts (once they're published) if you're more on the geeky side. Please note that since Drupal 8 is still under active development, some of the details... Meer

Acquia Cloud API Applications: A quick tour

The Acquia Cloud API is a web service and CLI that allows developers to build powerful tools, automate repetitive tasks, and create custom development and testing workflows for sites on the Acquia Cloud platform. Released two years ago, our customers and partners have been building amazing things on Acquia Cloud API and we figured it was time to share some of them. We hope this will reveal the potential of the Acquia Cloud API and show some examples of what it can do for... Meer

The killer Acquia Cloud feature you need to start using right now

Cross-posted with permission from Third and Grove If you have read our blog you know we are big fans of automation and drush here at Third and Grove. Anytime we can throw a bash script at... Meer

Patching with Drush Make

Introduction Patching software is a common practice in open source software that enables developers to fix bugs and implement features within their projects, independent of the upstream software’s development cycle. The offset of this approach is that it can become cumbersome to maintain and re-apply patches as the upstream software continues to fix bugs, implement features and fix security vulnerabilities. With Drupal, patches can be better managed with an automated tool called Drush Make. This tool allows you to define a list of patched upstream (contrib) software and can aid the automated... Meer

Personalization How-To: Driving Conversion with Acquia Lift

I recently did a webinar on driving conversions with Acquia Lift and I wanted to share some of the key details from the webinar with a broader audience. In the webinar I covered my testing strategy, where to start testing, how to u se Acquia Lift , review tests we’ve been doing here at Acquia and see the results we’ve seen. In this blog post I’m going to be focusing on where to start testing and some of the results we’ve seen.... Meer

Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8: Episode 3 - Site Builder Improvements

Welcome to the third instalment of an 8-part blog series we're calling "The Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8." Whether you're a site builder, module or theme developer, or simply an end-user of a Drupal website, Drupal 8 has tons in store for you! This blog series will attempt to enumerate the major changes in Drupal 8. Successive posts will gradually get more technical, so feel free to skip to later parts (once they're published) if you're more on the geeky side. Please note that since Drupal 8 is still under active development, some of the details... Meer

How to: Responsive, Full-width Banners

As a front-end developer for acquia.com, I've had lots of fun and challenging design requests come my way. Most recently I was tasked with swapping out the static homepage graphic with a full-width, responsive slideshow banner that can also be tested and personalized using Acquia Lift. Requirements were: content managers must be able to upload graphics, edit text and create translated versions using the user interface, must include two link-able buttons for calls to action, must have functional controls, must be full-width and fully... Meer

Drupal for Brand Experience Optimization

Cross-posted with permission from Adyax World Tempus is a renowned authority on high-end watch brands. With a web presence dating back to the mid-90s, their site needed a major overhaul. This included improving performance, ad management, analytics and SEO. In 2012 they came to us asking for a modern site, cross-platform and true to their standards of luxury. Their old site was built on TYPO3, with years of accumulated content. We integrated an elegant new design – mobile and desktop... Meer

Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8: Episode 2 - Mobile Improvements

Welcome to the second installment of an 8-part blog series we're calling "The Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8." Whether you're a site builder, module or theme developer, or simply an end-user of a Drupal website, Drupal 8 has tons in store for you! This blog series will attempt to enumerate the major changes in Drupal 8. Successive posts will gradually get more technical, so feel free to skip to later parts (once they're published) if you're more on the geeky side. Please note that since Drupal 8 is still under active development, some of the details... Meer

High Availability Database Tools

Percona Live was held at the beginning of April this year and the Acquia team was there. This was a really great conference and I want to start by encouraging any DBA/database developer who uses MySQL in a production environment to go to the Percona Live conference. It's a great place to hear about new functionality, new products and how other companies are using MySQL at scale. Large companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter as well as hot startups like Box all send representatives to share their knowledge. At... Meer

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... Meer

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)... Meer

How to change your ticketing system in 20 days

There’s always room for improvement. If you’ve been with Acquia for a while you’ll have noticed that we recently switched ticketing systems. You probably also had a litany of things that you really disliked about our old system, starting with the iframe and ending with…well, there probably was no end. We were pretty tired of it too. It had worked well enough when we were a smaller company; though we all knew we could have built something better internally, as a growing company we had to make tough choices as to where we put our efforts. In December of 2013 we started a looking in earnest for... Meer

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... Meer

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.... Meer

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... Meer

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... Meer

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... Meer

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... Meer

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