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Why I Love Composer, a PHP Dependency Management Tool

Like a composer who can’t wait to conduct a great symphony, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Composer, a PHP dependency management tool. You could say this blog post is my "Ode to Joy" about using Composer. It was fun watching it update all my libraries on just a single command: composer update. But I shouldn’t have all the fun. I’d like to help you incorporate third-party libraries into a project by using Composer. In this post, we’ll create a test PHP project and run test cases using phpunit. Before we hit the “update” button, though, first let’s look at what Composer is, and why you’ll... More

Improve Your Drupal Web Site Performance — Without Coding

Most advice to improve Drupal site performance is aimed at developers and DevOps folks. In reality, many Drupal sites are built by site builders using flexible Drupal modules rather than custom code. In this blog series, we will give site builders the knowledge and tools to enhance the performance of their web sites, without ever touching PHP or the command line. The Drupal community is already rich in modules and best practices that can significantly improve the performance of any Drupal site. Now it’s time to take advantage of the community’s hard work! But first, let’s start by... More

Industry Leaders Break Down The Marketing Cloud Myth

Photo credit: B Garrett Assembling the unique set of marketing technologies needed to power your business to success is not a luxury today, it is a necessity. “Our average customer uses 26 digital marketing applications and that’s just digital marketing, that’s not the finance and the CRM and everything else,” according to Jeff Lunsford, CEO of Tealium. Earlier this month, the “who’s who”... More

Front End Performance Strategy: Image Handling

Business is keenly aware of the importance of page-load time, and its impact on conversion and search engine optimization. It’s now a priority at companies like Wal-Mart, Amazon, and Mozilla. At Acquia, we... More

Karma and the journey from consumption to contribution - Drupal in India

At Drupal Camp London 2015, I spoke with Piyush Poddar, Director of Drupal Practice at Axelerant. We talked about Piyush's history in Drupal, Drupal as a business-ready solution, India's coming of age in open source culture, and how that is driving business value. Highlights "Drupal really has become a business-ready solution. It allows those of us running businesses or selling solutions to clients to really not think about anything more, just go ahead and use it for production sites–large, huge production sites." On working in proprietary v... More

How to Build a Global Strategy for eCommerce Excellence

Building a global technical commerce ecosystem requires looking at how each and every aspect of your retail business operates, both independently and as a cohesive ecosystem; across each channel in one market, and then across all of your markets around the world. With worldwide retail ecommerce sales projected to rise to nearly $2.5 trillion by 2018, now is the time. Before you can integrate new systems and start operating in new markets, however, you need to determine your commerce strategy. This... More

Web Accessibility for Clients

You’re in good hands. A developer is building or renovating your organization’s website, and everything is shaping up as planned. You like what the developer has done and can’t wait to see the finished product. Just keep in mind that, at some point, your daily relationship with your developer is likely to end, when the contract comes to an end. The relationship can continue, of course, but at some point — no matter how impressive your website eventually looks and responds — you won’t need to rely on the developer. You’ll slowly take control of the site, adding more content, tweaking tools,... More

How to Select Drupal Modules: Part 3 - Evaluation Tips

In the previous posts we’ve focused on defining your requirements and the basics of searching for modules. Once you’ve found a Drupal project you’re interested in, now you can make a quick evaluation of the project to determine if you should dig deeper before you test it out. Evaluation Criteria Each module you select and install on your site must be maintained. There will be security updates, feature improvements and bug fixes offered on a rolling... More

Web Accessibility for Developers -- Part 2

We’re at the halfway point of what hopefully has been a helpful guide for developers to make a website accessible for all visitors. (If you missed the first part of this two-part series, please click here.) In this blog, we’ll review how instructional text, navigation, and other parts of development can allow those with blindness and low vision, deafness, and other disabilities to make full use of a website. There’s a Proper Place for Instructional Text When providing an example that will help the user fill out a field,... More

How to Build a Flexible eCommerce Architecture for Your Global Brand

You’re the Head of eCommerce, or the CTO of a major retail brand. You’ve got a national retail store presence, and a massive customer database. Your sales are growing, your team excels at merchandising, your commerce platform works well in the US, and you’re ahead of the curve in product innovation within your industry. You’re running a well-oiled machine here, and now it’s time to expand into a new market. According to the Forrester Evolution of Global eCommerce Markets report... More

Build Your Drupal 8 Team: Technical Roles and Required Skills

Last time, we discussed some big themes your Drupal 8 team should be synched up with, like object-oriented programming. Now we're going to drill down into more specifics on the technical side. Is your tech team full of generalists, or do all your developers have special skill sets and focus on specific kinds of functionality, like databases or communications? Either way, someone on your team will have to fill each of these technical roles for a successful Drupal 8 project. Drupal 8 Architect... More

Selecting Drupal Modules: Part 2 - Searching for Modules

In the first part of this series, you set out your list of requirements for a Drupal module of your dreams. In Drupal, modules extend the base functionality, and often there are contributed modules which will suit your needs. Now you know what you’re looking for. If you’ve learned essential site building skills, you’ve also eliminated any possibility that you might be able to create your solution in another way. The obvious place to start your search is on Drupal.org; the... More

Redefining Commerce: Bellroy Slims Down Site Without Compromising Quality

Bellroy sells wallets. That’s it. Their product line is simple, straightforward, and practical. If you assume that those things equate to a boring, lackluster brand, you’d be wrong. Bellroy has a carefully developed brand image with a thoughtful, comprehensive story to tell about their product and how it fits into the lives of their customers. They’ve clearly built a business around understanding customer pain points and needs, and have executed a nearly flawless UX based on that information. Their website is interesting, dynamic, and fun --... More

Acquia Helps Shine Spotlight on Drupal 8 at DrupalCon Los Angeles

Here’s an understatement of the year: There’s an abundance of Drupal brainpower gathered in Los Angeles this week for DrupalCon 2015. Here’s another: Drupalists aren't afraid to share what they know to make the Drupal community a smarter place. Thousands of the world’s best and brightest Drupalists (users, developers, themers, module maintainers, core contributors and others) are in LA for the largest DrupalCon in history – perhaps more than 4,000 attendees. Thankfully, there’s no truth to the rumor that all that brain... More

Acquia Certification offers testing at DrupalCon LA

The Acquia Certification Program is running a test center at DrupalCon LA in room 306A. Attendees can test their knowledge and skills and earn an Acquia Certification credential while at the event. Stop by and say hello! For those who have earned a credential in the past, we have special pins and stickers for you, get them while they last! Testing starts Monday at 1 p.m. For more information and to register for an exam visit Acquia Certification DrupaCon LA All... More

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