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“Content is Critical to Brand Differentiation” said everybody at shop.org.

If I had to choose one theme of this year’s shop.org annual summit, it would be ‘Content, Content, Content’. The summit started with REI CEO Jerry Stritzke where he described REI as a Storytelling Company. Starting with the brand’s origins as a community of climbers, he described the passion for the brand held by consumers and employees alike, with the passion fitting of the brand he described. He talked about REI.com as a ‘Catalyst for Discovery’ and his desire to make the site more than just a... More

Password protecting non-production environments

Protecting your staging and development environments is nearly as important as protecting your production server. There are several ways to do this, including adding modules to your sites or modifying your settings.php file. Add a module The preferred method of website protection is to add either the Secure Site module or the Shield module to password protect your website. While both modules offer this basic protection feature, the Search Site module... More

Come to BADCamp 2014, the biggest and BADdest tech camp!

The BADCast "Why should I come to BADCamp?" you may be asking. Well, if you can get to San Francisco, one of the biggest and free-est tech events on the calendar awaits you: free training, free food and drink, free summits, free sessions, amazing keynotes (free), a party (entry fee ... probably zero), "fancy coffee", and opportunities galore all await you! This is the camp for everyone "We want to keep the barrier to entry as low as... More

Announcing Per-Site Pricing for Acquia Cloud

Today we are proud to announce that we are releasing a new per-site site pricing model that allows you to buy the exact Acquia products and services you need. This new model provides tremendous flexibility: Buy subscriptions to our development platform and tools one site at a time Independently purchase our Drupal Application support offering Choose to run your site(s) on new or existing infrastructure Much has changed since Acquia Cloud’s site pricing bundles were released three and a half years ago. In that time, technical innovation has driven... More

Handling the waves of Shellshock

2014 has been a busy year for the open source security world. First there was Heartbleed, with multiple security problems discovered in OpenSSL, then last week’s Bash Shellshock and Xen vulnerabilities made mainstream news, requiring a large portion of the Internet to be patched or rebooted. Acquia’s mantra is “we won’t let you fail”, and this past week... More

Why we’re dropping the “e” in eCommerce. And why you should too.

The rise of m-commerce, the struggles with social-commerce, the growing maturity of e-commerce, the integration of technology into physical commerce… it can be, no it is, overwhelming. As marketers, we feel the need to distinguish between the different types of platforms consumers use to research and purchase products. We have mobile teams responsible for developing shopping apps, and optimizing the mobile experience. We have social teams responsible for increasing engagement through social channels, promoting product and, sometimes, trying to figure out how to crack the code on social... More

Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8: Episode 8 - Answers to Your Burning Questions

Welcome to the 8th and FINAL installment of an 8-part blog series we're calling "The Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8." Whether you're a site builder, module or theme developer, or simply an end-user of a Drupal website, Drupal 8 has tons in store for you! This blog series will attempt to enumerate the major changes in Drupal 8. Please note that since Drupal 8 is still under active development, some of the details below may change prior to its release. Still, since Drupal 8 is now feature-frozen, hopefully most info should remain relevant.... More

Tips for Transitioning from Waterfall to Agile

There are many different project management methodologies out there and they all have their pros and cons. I recently started at Acquia as an Engagement Manager and have been making the shift from more Waterfall project management to Agile project management. Here are a few key lessons I’ve learned as I make this transition. 1. Agile Methods: There are many different Agile methods out there. Kanban and... More

Drupal community engagement for businesses – Ruth Fuller

Meet Ruth Fuller, she's here to help businesses get more out of Drupal by helping them engage more effectively with the Drupal community. She'd like to help you with effective Drupal and open source sponsorship, how to engage with the community, planning, coordination, presentation preparation, and public speaking coaching. Give more to get more A lot of businesses are using open source nowadays; there's a lot of Drupal out there. Ruth has seen organizations struggle with getting the most out of it. Drupal is a lot more than "just some... More

Open source Drupal and government in the UK - 2014

Impressions and Acquia's presentation from the 2014 Government ICT 2.0 conference in London. Practically a road show ... Open source Drupal is doing well in public service. It is empowering government agencies, NGOs, and educational institutions to make a positive difference in the world. Riding this wave, I am thrilled to have the chance to speak at four (sort of 5) government-related conferences in 2014: The Australian Government CTO, John Sheridan, and I were the keynote speakers at DrupalGov in Canberra; I gave an Acquia presentation... More

Composer – Dependency Management in PHP

Today's article is all about a fabulous tool for dependency management in your PHP projects. Composer solves the problem where you add a library to your application but it depends on this specific version of some other library, which also uses the yaml stuff, which needs ... you get the picture! Composer helps us keep track of what external code our application relies on, and get it installed the right way on every copy of that application. This article will show you how to use Composer successfully in your own projects. Get Composer Composer is cross-platform and easy to... More

Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8: Episode 7 - Code changes in Drupal 8

Welcome to the 7th installment of an 8-part blog series we're calling "The Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8." Whether you're a site builder, module or theme developer, or simply an end-user of a Drupal website, Drupal 8 has tons in store for you! This blog series will attempt to enumerate the major changes in Drupal 8. Please note that since Drupal 8 is still under active development, some of the details below may change prior to its release. Still, since Drupal 8 is now feature-frozen, hopefully most info should remain relevant. Where... More

Drupal core updates for September 18th, 2014

What's new with Drupal 8? The big news this week is we're still on one beta-blocker. Patches for the remaining beta blocker are coming rapidly with @effulgentsia, @plach and @fago working hard to get it over the line. Could we have zero beta blockers by DrupalCon? Other keys issues to land this week include Remove ArrayAccess from FormState - never again deal with random arrays - rejoice - $form_state is a first-class object!. Thanks to @timplunkett and others who helped get this through. If you have any contrib projects accessing $form_state... More

Troubleshooting Using the Log Streaming UI

Things change over time. For an updated version of this blog post, visit its associated article on the Acquia Help Center! When under a tight development schedule, site builders often feel the pain of scavenging through dozens of log files across separate servers when trying to diagnose an issue. Acquia's log streaming tool makes it easy to identify problems in real time by showing you what log messages are generated exactly when specific actions are being performed. Example Uses “Temporarily... More

Drupal 8 developer experience wins, the PHP Renaissance and more with Angie Byron

Part 2 of a 2-part conversation with Angie Byron in front of the cameras at NYC Camp 2014, held at United Nations headquarters in New York. In this part of our conversation, we talk about improvements in the Drupal developer- and learning-experience thanks to the major changes under the hood in Drupal 8; the "PHP Renaissance"; and about being welcomed "back into the fold" of the greater PHP world thanks to the nature of Drupal 8 being a sort of "meta project" (my words) that includes parts of many others. In the first part of our conversation... More

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