Lightning helps organizations quickly build and customize four key components of digital experience delivery that all marketing and editorial teams require:
- Drag-and-drop Layout: Create flexible, responsive layouts so everyone can be a site builder and create pages and experiences without developer intervention
- Media Management: Create, upload, embed, and manage social media and digital assets
- Content Workflow: Configure content workflows to streamline review and ensure editorial quality and add governance and control for publishing
- Experience Preview: Conduct a comprehensive review before publishing content, campaigns, and cross-channel experiences
Agencies use Acquia Lightning as the starting point for Drupal 8 projects. It provides a ready best practice for launching new initiatives, reduces complexity and speeds time to market.
“Acquia Lightning establishes an industry-standard starting point for Drupal 8 projects and solves many of the most common early challenges in any Drupal development projects,” said Karl Kedrovsky, solutions architect, VML. “Using Lightning allows us to build the basics fast and focus on the work that will differentiate our project and drive value for our clients.”
Software architect Mike Potter of Phase2 said, “Phase2 uses Lightning to make our client's Drupal 8 projects more efficient and it allow us to focus our resources on custom features key to the client's success."
Acquia Lightning brings together key modules that together support the four functional areas of layout, media management, content workflow, and experience preview. Members of the Drupal community build and maintain the modules that extend core Drupal functionality. Several Lightning modules were developed under the support of Acquia’s Module Acceleration Program, which coordinates and funds initiatives to accelerate development across the Drupal 8 ecosystem. Lightning is the most installed Drupal 8 distribution, according to Drupal.org.
“With Lightning, Acquia has done the work of providing a tightly integrated distribution that conforms to security best practices, enabling organizations to move faster in developing new applications on Drupal 8,” said Chris Stone, chief product officer, Acquia. “Developers can create powerful, easy-to-use publishing tools for their editorial and content teams, with drag and drop layouts, media management, configurable workflows and preview capabilities that make digital experience delivery come together. Hundreds of sites are already using Acquia Lightning, and we estimate Lightning removes 20 percent of the time required for every new Drupal 8 development project.”
Learn more about Acquia Lightning at www.acquia.com/lightning, view the recorded webinar, “Lightning Distribution for Drupal,” co-presented by Acquia’s John Kennedy and Adam Balsam, and follow the latest development news from Acquia at dev.acquia.com. Get started with Lightning today with Acquia Cloud Free. Acquia Lightning is also available for download from Drupal.org, GitHub, or as part of a Composer-based installer.
Acquia is the digital experience company. The BBC, Cisco, Stanford University, and the Australian Government are among the more than 4,000 organizations that are transforming their digital businesses with Acquia's open cloud platform. 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.