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When bad things happen to good Drupal site owners

Lately we've been having a few discussions about the various things that can go wrong with a Drupal site. We certainly see a flow of such things in the Acquia Network forum and in our support ticket system. But I'd like to throw open the doors and get a broader set of feedback.

If you have a moment, please complete the following Google Apps form. I'll gather the data and report back what I find. It should make for some interesting reading.

A hosted search service for Drupal

Jay just announced Acquia's plans to get into the hosted search business. By doing so, we hope to provide Drupal sites a (i) faster, (ii) more scalable search solution that (iii) can work across multiple sites, that (iv) can handle broader content, (v) that offers faceted navigation and more.

The freemium business model: giving away pays

I've recently been thinking a lot about the freemium business model. For those unfamiliar with the freemium business model, it was first articulated by venture capitalist Fred Wilson in 2006:

"Give your service away for free, possibly ad supported but maybe not, acquire a lot of customers very efficiently through word of mouth, referral networks, organic search marketing, etc., then offer premium priced value added services or an enhanced version of your service to your customer base."

Drupal in the formative stages of adding RDF(a) for Semantic Web

There has been a lot of hand waving about the semantic web, RDF, and Drupal. This is good, and it is important for there to be excitement about the possibilities that this opens to us. Now the first concrete plans are being laid and the first patches are being written and evaluated.

Migrating the Drupal way. Part I: creating a node.

Update: Acquia has released a great migration whitepaper to help you get ready to move to Drupal.

My position with Acquia will find me helping out with a lot of migrations and upgrades. I'm going to embark on a multiple-part blog to discuss some of the common techniques that I use when moving clients to Drupal.

Migrating to Drupal can seem intimidating if you already maintain a database-driven website. However, populating a Drupal site with your current content might be easier than you think. Whether you are migrating from a popular CMS or a fully custom application, you can easily use Drupal modules to mimic your current data structures and migrate your data using a simple custom PHP script. I should note that while there are several different methods to accomplish this task, this happens to be my favorite.

The DX Files: Static caching in Drupal

This is part four of my series, The DX Files: Improving Drupal Developer Experience. I started this series with fairly simplistic suggestions. They proved not very popular and some of them I agree were of questionable benefit due to PHP’s nature. I was pleased to discover, however, that they nevertheless had quite an impact on raising the visibility of “Developer Experience” within the Drupal community. I am therefore ready to move on to some of the more complex DX issues in Drupal.

Lullabot podcast #65

I was featured on the infamous Lullabot podcast series. Jeff Robbins and I talk about Acquia, Mollom and Drupal 7. Check out the Lullabot podcast #65 (mirror) if you want.

Setting up Acquia Drupal on GoDaddy Hosting

This set of screenshots grew out of a recent forum post on the Acquia Network forums. It walks through setting up a GoDaddy Linux hosting account to use Acquia Drupal. At the end of the process one has a new website. Some will scoff at the choice of GoDaddy as a hosting platform. Many shared hosts have shortcomings in different areas. Few shared hosts are going to be getting glowing recommendations on the day your site ends up on the front page of Digg, they simply aren't built for that sort of load. However, inexpensive mass-hosting environments are a place where many people get started with their website and GoDaddy is one of the popular hosts for many folks. I hope to have more similar posts soon to cover other frequently requested hosting providers. If you have suggestions of hosts you'd like to see be sure to include them in the comments.

This particular example is one that allows installing Acquia Drupal with no tools other than an unarchiver program like WinZip or the built-in handler in OS X and a web browser. If you prefer to use a program to handle FTP or like using a shell client this tutorial may be more simplified than you would like. If you'd like to get started and see what the Acquia Drupal experience is all about without any special tools then you're in the right place. All that is needed is to download Acquia Drupal and follow along.

Do it with Drupal - New Orleans

On December 12, 2008, I’ll be in New Orleans to talk about the exciting world of Drupal Search. In a first-of-its-kind event, the Lullabots have organized a “large-scale, 3-day learning event” that will bring together some of Drupal’s most sought after speakers, as well as a number of other prominent internet personalities and luminaries. I’m looking forward to meeting some of the speakers who aren’t necessarily known as Drupal rockstars (meaning they did something else to get famous):

Acquia launch coverage

Cheers to the Acquia launch, which went really well. Hundreds of people signed up for a free community subscription. Also, check out Jeff Whatcott's blog post covering some of the blog posts, press articles, and Tweets about our new product and service offerings.

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