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Acquia Podcast 29: Ben Finklea on SEO in Drupal

One of the strong points of Drupal is its built in search engine optimization capabilities right out of the box. Ben Finklea is the founder and CEO of Volacci, a firm that specializes in SEO for Drupal sites, and in this episode we talk about SEO in Drupal, the SEO Checklist module, the status of the Drupal 7 version of his book on SEO in Drupal, and some upcoming SEO training Volacci is doing with Acquia.

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Acquia Podcast 28: Leisa Reichelt on Design in Drupal

Ever since her introduction to the Drupal community as part of the drupal.org redesign, Leisa Reichelt has been an active participant in the issue of design in Drupal. In this episode we discuss her involvement in the drupal.org redesign and D7UX projects, as well as the Prairie Initiative (including where the name Prairie comes from), her new project for improving the design of drupal.org to make it more useful and welcoming for new users.

Multiple sites per server on Acquia Dev Cloud

When we announced Acquia Dev Cloud at Drupalcon Chicago last month, we said it was primarily designed for professional developers who build and deploy multiples Drupal sites. Today, we are delivering one of the key features behind that promise: the ability to click to create and manage multiple sites on a single Dev Cloud account.

Acquia Search Available for Drupal 7

On Monday we made a series of module and service releases to bring Acquia Search to Drupal 7:

  • The Apache Solr Search Integration project version 7.x-1.0-beta4 includes a number of new features, API improvements, and fixes, including changes to the Solr schema.
  • Acquia Network Connector project version 7.x-1.1 now includes the Acquia Search module which integrates the Drupal 7.x version of Apache Solr Search Integration with the Acquia Network
  • The Acquia Network was updated to auto-detect your module version and use the correct set of Solr configuration files when you first enable Acquia Search
  • The Acquia Netowrk also now offers a settings page where you can manually select from a list and your selection will be propagated to the Solr servers.

This release of Apache Solr Search Integration sets the stage for the virtual code sprint starting this Friday, April 8. The sprint will encompass topics including integration with Facet API, integration with Views, UI improvements, and expanded test coverage. Sign up to participate in the Sprints group. If you look at the CHANGELOG.txt you'll see that we had at least 58 different issues that we worked on for this release. If you are running Apache Solr yourself, you will need to update your configuration files and re-index your content.

This screen shot shows the administrative UI with Acquia Search enabled:

Acquia Podcast 27: Ben Kaplan on the Janrain module

With all of the social networks out there that you want to integrate into your site, wouldn't it be nice if there was one central service that could integrate will all of them? Well, now there is. In this episode I talk with Ben Kaplan (aka BenK), one of the co-maintainers of the Janrain Engage module.

A fresh look at the Media Gallery module for Drupal 7

Yesterday, we made a shiny new beta release of the Media Gallery module on drupal.org.

A more usable Drupal

At the beginning of the D7UX project, the very first screencast by Mark and Leisa revealed confusion over Drupal’s installer. Overnight, patches were created to remove the confusion. This situation reveals how fantastic the community is at rising to fix issues that are backed by data.

Virtual Code Sprint for Apache Solr Search Integration

Would you like to help get the Apache Solr Search Integration module to a stable and feature-full release for Drupal 7? We are planning a virtual code sprint for Friday April 8 through April 13. That spans a weekend with the expectation that some sprinters will be able to more actively participate during a weekend, and others during work days. The sprint will encompass topics including integration with Facet API, integration with Views, UI improvements, and expanded test coverage.

Starter tips to engage with the Drupal community

It is very common for people to have a hard time starting out with Drupal and gradually improve their relationship with it–I mean both the software and the community! I'm going to take the liberty here of sharing some of the insights I have gained over the years that can help you in and help you through the tough spots.

Drupal Adapter: A podcast about converting to Drupal

Author: Heather James @learningdrupal

This is the first in a series of podcasts where I'll be talking to people who have converted to using Drupal. I've chosen to name it to 'Drupal Adapter' to extend the notion of plugging into Drupal from another system. It isn't always easy- let's share experience and help others find their way. Drupal wins when people bring their experience and knowledge to the project.

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