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Ruben Teijeiro explains why Drupal is easy


This week's podcast is parts of a fun conversation I had with Ruben Teijeiro at Drupal Camp Vienna in December 2013. I "borrowed" him from mentoring Manuela Hutter at the code sprint to talk with me, but in the end, they both still managed to get a lot done that weekend. Thanks for your contributions, folks!

Ruben's description of himself on his Twitter page... 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

A Successful 2014 Global Drupal 8 Sprint Weekend at Genuine with Acquia

Cross-posted with permission from Genuine Interactive
Recently, Genuine hosted the 2014 Global Drupal 8 Sprint Weekend and Acquia co-sponsored the event with about 30 attendees. Drupalists from Boston and the New England area came together to work on issues to push Drupal 8 for beta release. And for those who couldn’t make it to Genuine’s office, participated via Google Hangout.

The event was a great success with contributors working all day to fix... 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

5 Mistakes to Avoid on your Drupal Website - Number 1: Architecture

Drupal is one of the most flexible content management systems in existence. In this blog series, I'll go over five mistakes to avoid on your Drupal website which include: architecture, security, performance, infrastructure, and website lifecycle management.
Hat tip to my colleague Ryan MacInnis for prompting me to write this up!
From an architecture standpoint, these are the most vital decisions you'll make to ensure the success and performance of your Drupal website.
How you structure content
How you configure the display
How you organize functionality
Architecture: Content
Content is the... Meer

All Commerce is Social: The 3 Phases of Purchase

Way back in 1999 -- a thousand years ago in internet years -- writer and designer named Darcy DiNucci coined the phrase Web 2.0. This marked the beginning of the web as a social experience, eventually altering commerce so that today customers can be brand advocates who play a crucial role in building your business.
You already know that your customers are talking about your brand on social media platforms, posting images from your product pages to Pinterest, and checking reviews. The brick-and-mortar and virtual commerce experiences have become so intertwined that customers sometimes even... Meer

De basis van seo: hoger komen in de zoekmachines doe je zo

Een gestructureerde website, unieke en relevante content en inkomende links van andere websites. Dat zijn belangrijke ingrediënten voor een hoge ranking in de zoekmachineresultaten, zo blijkt uit de infographic ontwikkeld door de Music Business Association en mede mogelijk gemaakt door Acquia. Belangrijk is dat contentbeheerders beseffen dat search engine optimization (seo) een oneindig proces is. Je moet je website altijd blijven verbeteren wil je de concurrent verslaan.
Als contentbeheerder van een website kun je zelf veel doen om je ranking in de zoekmachines te verbeteren. Als je een goed... Meer

This fortnight in Drupal core: February 8, 2014

What's new with Drupal 8?
It's been a remarkable couple of weeks for Drupal 8, with several landmark changes, a global sprint, and a surge in core issue queue activity.
Global sprint weekend
The second Global Sprint Weekend was held January 25-26. Over 400 sprinters participated at 39 locations on six continents, with others participating remotely in IRC. Some quick core issue queue statistics from the sprint timeframe:
80 new Drupal 8 core issues created
553 Drupal 8 patches submitted
2468 comments posted on 646 Drupal 8 issues
113 Drupal 8... Meer

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.
Steve Wozniak shares insights on future, and past
What’s on the mind of, Steve Wozniak, the man who holds the patent for “microcomputer for use with video display?” Not surprisingly for the man who built the first MacIntosh computer, he’s thinking about the usability of technology, specifically wearable technology.... Meer

“The Force” is with Twitter’s Brand Strategist at Apps World

Cross-posted with permission from Digital Disruption
SAN FRANCISCO - The dust has settled and the inflatable Android blow-up dolls have been put away...Apps World North America is officially over.
I finished Day 2 with probably the best talk I heard this week, given by Marc Heedt of Twitter. The brand strategist and social TV specialist for the online social networking platform, Heedt talked about how TV and Twitter are the “force multiplier” in the second screen experience.
“We’re seeing... Meer

Mobile is Changing the Game for Sephora

Cross-posted with permission from Digital Disruption
SAN FRANCISCO- While you may be familiar with Sephora as the cosmetic store at the local mall, the beauty chain is very comfortable in the virtual marketplace as well, concentrating on social and mobile platforms.
I had the chance to catch up with Danny Sullivan, vice president of mobile for Sephora, while attending Day 2 of Apps World North America. I asked Sullivan to talk about how Sephora is approaching mobile and utilizing responsive design.... Meer

The Power of Drupal Multi-site - Part 1: Code Management

Drupal has a fantastically useful feature called Multi-site - it allows you to serve many sites from a single Drupal codebase. This can greatly reduce the overhead of managing code across multiple sites, and enables great agility in launching new sites quickly.
In this article, I'll go into the detail of multi-site and try to demonstrate how it could be useful for your organisation, and in a follow up post, I'll talk... Meer

Apps World North America: Day 1 Recap

Cross-posted with permission from Digital Disruption
After eight hours of panels, startup and app presentations, and a keynote by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, day 1 of Apps World North America is complete. Here are some of the highlights:
Steve Wozniak's Keynote
Right off the bat, Wozniak urged the crowd of about 8,000 to really think about what it means to be innovative. He pointed out that IBM had claimed to have been an innovative brand for 20 years, but more... Meer

Steve Wozniak shares insights on future, and past

Cross-posted with permission from Digital Disruption
SAN FRANCISCO -- What’s on the mind of, Steve Wozniak, the man who holds the patent for “microcomputer for use with video display?” Not surprisingly for the man who built the first MacIntosh computer, he’s thinking about the usability of technology, specifically wearable technology.

“Wearable tech is something that is huge today,” the personal computing pioneer who has come to be known simply as “Woz,” told me, adding, “But I think its... Meer

Responsive Website Launch: St. John’s University Rolls Out New Drupal Site

Cross-posted with permission from OHO Interactive

Launching a national advertising campaign that invests your valuable budget dollars in television, radio, print, outdoor, and online media is a great way to drive traffic and give a push toward reaching your business goals. But if you’re driving to a poor web experience, you’re wasting your money.... Meer

Janez Urevc on Media in Drupal 8


I spoke with Slovenian Drupalist-extraordinary Janez Urevc at Drupal Camp Vienna 2013. Alongside being a Drupal developer at examiner.com, he is also a major force in everything media+Drupal. Janez is slashrsm on Drupal.org, Twitter and "all the other online services you can imagine." He's on the team planning Drupal Camp Alpe-Adria 2014, which will be in the beautiful Slovenian resort town of Portoroz in May. Knowing the wonderful Drupal community in Slovenia... Meer

Acquia Rated Positive in Gartner MarketScope for User Experience Platforms

Late last week, Acquia was rated Positive by Gartner in their new MarketScope for User Experience Platforms.
What are User Experience Platforms (UXP) you ask? Here's what Gartner says:
Traditional approaches to architecting, developing and managing websites, portal sites and mobile apps use a variety of disconnected and duplicative tools... A UXP is an integrated set of tools for delivering modern websites and portals. It focuses on the front end, the presentation and user interaction layer.
When Gartner kicked off their... Meer

Using Personas to Personalize User Experiences

Cross-posted with permission from Blue Coda
As user experience management continues to evolve on the web, websites are adapting by creating personalized experiences for their users. One of the ways we see many websites using personalization is through personas. Users can be grouped into personas based on comparing current web analytics to historic data. If you can determine the types of content most interesting to a particular persona, you can tailor their experience on your website to... Meer

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.
Vigo's on watch to keep you alert
Do you remember the last time you felt tired or drowsy and your productively levels suffered? What if there was a piece of wearable technology that knew when you were tired before you did in order to make you as alert and productive as possible?
Meet Vigo, a wearable bluetooth piece that aims to do just that. I had the opportunity to talk to recent University of... Meer

2012 Greatest Hits - Drupal Camp Sofia, Bulgaria


A quick blast from the past this week from the first Drupal community event at which I was recording material for a podcast. This gives this particular event an extra sparkle in my memory. True to form for the Drupal community around the world, many of the people I met at this camp have become friends with whom I stay in touch or even get to see now and then at a DrupalCon or Drupal Camp somewhere. Community ftw!

---Original post from April, 2012---

I just got back from a fantastic weekend with a couple hundred members of the Bulgarian Drupal community at Drupal Camp Sofia 2012. There... Meer

Behind the Curtain: GRAMMY.com on Acquia Cloud

This past Sunday I was part of the Acquia team working behind the scenes to help support the GRAMMY Awards website crew, whose talented members make the GRAMMY.com experience such a success. I was on the ground at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live, getting an inside look at the GRAMMY team in action, and serving as the communications link through Google Hangout back to Acquia operations and support. The challenges of a GRAMMY Awards night are nearly unmatched as we had to ensure that the website would scale to meet incredible demand.
Whenever... Meer

5 key features to be excited about in Drupal 8

It’s been about 3 years since the last major release of Drupal and with over 1,700 contributors who are hard at work building the next iteration, Drupal 8 will be upon us before we know it. Are you excited about Drupal 8? Here are five key features we’re very excited to get our hands on and get into the hands of our clients.
1. Manage your site’s content...from your phone.
Anyone that’s ever administered a website knows that it’s best done while using a desktop or laptop. Much of the backend functionality simply doesn’t work, or doesn’t support mobile platforms. The... Meer

Rétrospective Acquia 2013

Comme le veut la tradition, c’est le moment de ma rétrospective annuelle consacrée à Acquia. Que s’est-il passé en 2013? Dans la vie, nous avons l’opportunité de faire tellement de choses, qu’il est important de se concentrer sur celles qui comptent vraiment. Drupal et Acquia sont deux très belles histoires. Ces rétrospectives sont faites pour vous mais aussi pour moi-même, c’est pourquoi je les rédige avec beaucoup d’attention. Elles sont écrites pour vous, car elles... Meer

Higher Education’s Equation: Simplify Digital Complexity

Colleges and universities were some of the first organizations to create websites. They are natural content generators with access to great thinkers, cutting edge research and engaged students, not to mention they embody the word community. The web, as a result, was the perfect vehicle for them to communicate all they had to share and connect what they knew with those who were seeking the content that mattered to them.
But as we look at today’s landscape and the evolution of higher education digital strategies, is the compatibility of the web and higher education too much of a good thing... Meer

Selecting a New CMS? Don't Skip the Proof of Concept


Would you buy a house, based only on its curb appeal?
Would you buy a car without test driving it?
Would you even buy a pair of new jeans without trying them on first? (Ok, I've done this. And it goes badly every time).
In all three cases, I hope the answer is no. When making major decisions like buying a new house or car, we invest a considerable amount of time and effort into making sure we make the right choice. 
So why are companies selecting a new CMS without test driving the product?
Selecting the Vendor with the Best Demo
The process for selecting a new CMS often seems to be: 1)... Meer

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