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Drupal 7 usability: next steps

Improving the usability of Drupal is very important. Yesterday, I wrote about the progress that was made on Drupal 7 usability -- the community has made a ton of incremental improvements, while Mark and Leisa have been preparing mockups and wireframes that provide significant over-arching improvements to Drupal's ease of use. Combined, I believe these efforts could make Drupal 7 a great release. A release that the Drupal project needs since our competitors are catching up in terms of functionality and flexibility.

Drupal 7 usability: status update

Based on a survey that I conducted last year, it was clear that one of the community's key goals is making Drupal easier to use. This is not really all that surprising. An easier to use Drupal means a Drupal that attracts more users, and therefore more potential contributors. It also means existing contributors spend less time doing custom work on their sites or developing training materials to help make Drupal palatable to their clients, and more time on making Drupal rock.

Acquia featured in the Boston Globe

Acquia was featured in today's Boston Globe. The article, titled Start-up built on free software, talks about the growing interest in Open Source during tough economic times. The Boston Globe is a daily newspaper based in Boston, owned by The New York Times Company, with an average circulation of 350,000.

Screencast - Acquia Drupal Stack Installer - Now with multisite support.

Click on the video below to see how simple it is to install multiple, local Acquia Drupal websites, Apache 2, PHP5, and MySQL with the Acquia Drupal stack installer.

Deutsche Version: Multisite Acquia Drupal Stack Installer screencast

Versione in Italiano: Multisite Acquia Drupal Stack Installer screencast

WoodWing and Acquia: moving from print to the web

A couple of days ago, Acquia announced a technology partnership with WoodWing. WoodWing's Enterprise 6 Content Publishing Platform now ships with Acquia Drupal as the default CMS, as well as a connector module. WoodWing's typical customers are traditional publishers with strong roots in print -- and with names like Time Inc, Cisco, Michelin, Citibank and many more, they have an impressive list of customers at that.

Drupal.org redesign code sprints: update 3

Ever wanted to see the Media Lab at MIT? An almost mythical place where "...the future is lived, not imagined ... a world where radical technology advances are taken for granted, ..." and technology is designed "... for people to create a better future".

I've visited the Media Lab before and it is highly recommended. This is your chance.

Drupal site crawler project

For years now, people have been asking me how many Drupal sites there are. This is, of course, something of a moving target and I figured that the only way to answer that question was to count all the Drupal sites out there one by one. Three years ago, I was finally motivated enough to write a Drupal site crawler that looks over the millions of websites online to find those powered by Drupal. The crawler initially ran for about 3 months, and it returned a lot of Drupal sites. For each one it found, I then did some data-mining to extract the location of their hosting servers.

CMS Expo

CMS Expo Learning and Business Conference offers CMS professionals an opportunity to spend two days immersed in CMS training. At this year's CMS Expo, they will be featuring CMS training on Drupal, Joomla, Alfresco and Plone CMS Solutions.

Acquia is sponsoring this years event, stop by our table and say hello.

Field API: Get mentored and help out!

The Field API is major new functionality in Drupal 7 to provide custom data types just like CCK did for previous versions of Drupal. Field API became part of Drupal 7 February, 2009, but there is still plenty of work to do. We need your help, and we’ll help you learn what you need to know to contribute.

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