Acquia Partners with TopNotchThemes for Commercially–Supported Drupal Themes
Premium Drupal themes bring professional look and feel to leading open source social publishing system
Andover, MA – September 9, 2008 – Acquia today announced that the company will include original themes created by TopNotchThemes in the company’s forthcoming commercially-supported distribution of the open source Drupal social publishing system. TopNotchThemes is a leading provider of premium Drupal themes. The new themes will empower users of the distribution to deploy sites with a highly professional look and feel, enhancing their overall experience with Drupal.
“We chose TopNotchThemes for their combination of wonderful design sense and extensive Drupal experience,” said Dries Buytaert, Acquia CTO and the original creator of Drupal. “We look forward to working closely with TopNotchThemes to realize our vision for making Drupal even more professional and stylish.”
Forthcoming versions of the Acquia distribution of Drupal will include themes created by TopNotchThemes targeting blogging and community sites and business and corporate sites. The themes will be based on the same theming technology used in TopNotchThemes' commercial themes and will fully support all of the modules included in the Acquia distribution. Like all components of the forthcoming distribution, the themes will be released under a GPL license and will be completely free of charge.
"Acquia understands that a knockout theme is critical, since it's the first impression most people get when they set up a Drupal site," says TopNotchThemes co-founder Stephanie Pakrul.
The new Acquia themes, along with most recent commercial themes from TopNotchThemes, are targeted at the newest release of Drupal, version 6.
"Drupal 6 allows us to enable site owners to customize the look and features of a site without needing to be a programmer," says TopNotchThemes co-founder Chris Fassnacht.
Acquia’s distribution of Drupal, including the themes from TopNotchThemes, is currently available in private beta and is scheduled for release later this fall.
Acquia is a ground-breaking open source software company providing value-added products and services for the wildly popular Drupal social publishing system. We believe open source development and social publishing technology have the power to connect people and unleash their collective creative potential. Company founders are Dries Buytaert, original Drupal creator and project lead, and Jay Batson, previously founding CEO of open source VOIP software company, Pingtel. Please visit http://acquia.com.
TopNotchThemes is a new approach to Drupal themes, providing the first wide selection of downloadable themes available for immediate purchase. Their themes offer a unique look and feel with cutting-edge features in a package more affordable than fully custom designs. The team is led by Christopher Fassnacht and Stephanie Pakrul, whose theming work with CivicActions recently made headlines with the launch of new Drupal-based sites for Amnesty International and the Emmy-award winning organization, WITNESS. Long-time contributors to the Drupal community, their goal is to make beautiful Drupal sites more accessible to business users and organizations.
Stephanie Pakrul & Christopher Fassnacht
Owners, Collective Mind