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The primary goal of DrupalGardens is to maximize Drupal adoption. Since Drupal adoption amongst developers is taking off like a rocket ship, we’ve focused the majority of our attention on site builders and designers. To succeed at attracting these types, Drupal—and the modules we’ve decided to include—need to be easy to use.

Where's Drupal's welcome mat?

I was on Skype when my jaw dropped. This wasn't the first time that an acquaintance asked me to take some time so he could "pick my brain" about Drupal. And it wasn't the first time that I realized someone had somehow broke in to Drupal via some sort of window, and missed the welcome mat.

Membase and Drupal

Barry and I just met with a team from Northscale -- the startup formed to support and extend Memcached, the popular key-value cache used by the largest web sites. We learned about their new database project, Membase, and talked about how it could help high-volume Drupal sites including our Acquia Hosting customers.

Membase is built on the core Memcached technology and supports the Memcached API. I'm excited about what they've done to extend Memcached:

Pipe Dream: Geographically Distributed Drupal

The speed of light is, unfortunately, still a constant. If your Drupal site has users in San Francisco, New York, London, Tokyo, Delhi, and Australia (and whose doesn't?), you've had no good way to give all of them fast access to your site. No matter where you put your master database server, most people have to cross an ocean to access it. Perhaps you can put read-only slave databases with local web servers in locations around the world, but then the remote users still have a long haul when they want to log in and create content---which is, after all, what your Drupal site is for.

I am experimenting with an approach to solving this problem that allows users to log in and create content using web and slave database servers that are geographically close to them while maintaining a single consistent Drupal site. It does not require multiple active database master servers and all the intractable problems that causes. My system, called Pipe Dream, intercepts database-changing operations at the remote locations and sends them over a message queue (a.k.a. a pipe) to the primary location where they are replayed.

The future of multimedia in D7 or "You don't want me to kill the monkey do you?"

Hey folks,

Did you know that Drupal 7 will have a amazing multimedia capabilities due in large part to the Media module?

Hi, my name is Jacob Singh.

Drupal training in Belgium, Texas and Dulles!

Chapter Three have just completed the first public Acquia Drupal training in DC at the end of June. Acquia is rolling out content developed with Chapter Three covering the basics and essentials of Drupal.

By working with our partners, we can reach a broader audience. We can enable these subject matter experts to deliver high quality learning experiences with greater reach. If you'd like a Drupal training nearby you, we'd love to help out.

Improved SEO, Media, CSS-view and more in Drupal Gardens' June 30 update

In addition to the rush the Drupal Gardens team gets when adding cool new features, we like to get things right, striking a good balance between power and simplicity.  In the last sprint, we spent a bunch of time polishing the powerful XML Sitemap and Media modules with a focus on simplifying the UX and providing smart defaults so they work immediately after site creation.  Out of the box, these modules are highly customizable with many configuration settings.  Our goal was to red

Acquia Search release features

We have marked the one year anniversary of the our hosted search service by rolling out a significant update with new features and some fixes. This was released Wednesday night (June 30).

Removing the mittens in Drupal Gardens' June 10 update

When we started planning Drupal Gardens 18 months ago one of our goals was to help break down the barriers to creating stunning Drupal web sites. To that end we developed the Drupal Gardens' ThemeBuilder -- to allow people to point and click to create uniquely designed web sites, even if they don't know what CSS is or don't have the time to learn Drupal 7's powerful theme system.

Giving our customers the gift of Ham: Mollom provisioning API

Well, Sprint 39 just finished up at Acquia Engineering and we've got a number of new exciting features and bug fixes releasing to Drupal Gardens in the next week.  One of these is Mollom - the best spam protection service on the internet - for all Drupal Gardens site owners.  For those not in the know, Mollom protects your site from spam by analyzing the contents of comments or other content that is contributed by users and presenting Captcha challenges if the content is suspect.

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