Acquia Announces Drupal 8 Beta Availability on Acquia Cloud Free [Oct. 1, 2014]

Get Started with Easy, One-click Installation and Experience Drupal 8 on the World’s Best Cloud Platform

AMSTERDAM – DrupalCon Amsterdam – 1 October 2014 – Acquia, the digital business company, today announced the availability of an easy, one-click installation of the first Drupal 8 beta on Acquia Cloud Free, the company’s free Drupal development platform. Acquia Cloud Free provides an elegant set of developer tools that increase velocity and handle the hard work of content and code staging through a robust workflow.

Built by a community of 2,300 contributors, Drupal 8 features major improvements to the content authoring experience, mobile development capabilities, and multilingual features. In addition, Drupal 8 has been rewritten from the ground up, adding a new object oriented framework that dramatically simplifies Drupal development.

“Acquia is making it easy for developers who want to work with the new features of Drupal 8 with the easiest and most productive development environment for Drupal,” said Dries Buytaert, creator of Drupal and Acquia co-founder and CTO. “Acquia Cloud Free provides easy, one-click installation and a full suite of workflow tools, enabling developers to dig into Drupal 8 today.”

With Acquia Cloud Free, users can access the industry’s most productive Drupal development and staging environment, leverage Acquia Insight’s Drupal tests, integrate search, manage content, and access knowledge and resources. Acquia Cloud Free is a part of Acquia Cloud, a continuous delivery cloud platform that delivers scalability, security, high availability, and high performance for Drupal sites. Architected for resiliency and designed to accelerate deployment, Acquia Cloud is an end-to-end platform that provides everything professional developers and large enterprises need to create, maintain, and optimize high-quality Drupal websites. Acquia is the largest provider of Drupal infrastructure in the world, serving more than 28 billion hits a month.

Acquia Cloud Free provides an easy-to-use sandbox with all that developers need to start exploring Drupal 8 beta, which according to Drupal.org includes:

  • For end-users: A reimagined content authoring experience -- including a visual editing environment, in-place editing and new content creation pages that make Drupal 8 easy and fun to use for content authors.
  • For developers: Drupal 8 adopts an object-oriented, high-performance, PHP architecture and native web service APIs that improve developer productivity and increase code testability. With these enhancements, Drupal 8 is now the premier web content management development platform for the enterprise.
  • For site builders: Views in Drupal Core lets sitebuilders easily create big data mashups without coding and Drupal 8’s multilingual improvements out-of-the-box, are a best-in-class translation suite meeting the needs of global brands.
  • For front-enders: All-new HTML5 form elements and front-end libraries plus the adoption of the Twig template engine make Drupal 8 the most powerful release for designers and front-end developers.

Get started with Drupal 8 beta on Acquia Cloud Free at www.acquia.com/drupal-8.

About Acquia
Acquia is the digital business company. Pinterest, Mercedes Benz, Warner Music Group, and Stanford University are among the more than 4,000 organizations that are transforming their digital businesses with Acquia. Global 2000 enterprises, government agencies and NGOs rely on Acquia to create new revenue streams, lower costs, and engage audiences more deeply
 through content, community, commerce and context.
For more information visit www.acquia.com or call +1 781 238 8600.
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