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Drupal How-To: Basics, tweak the defaults for adding images to your site

By Heather In this 3 part Drupal How to series, I'm going to show you how various options for configuring images on your site. Here, in Part 1, we'll see how to tweak the default image options. In Part 2, we'll see ways to allow WYSIWYG and inline images. In Part 3, we'll see the latest options for responsive images. What can Drupal do with images out of the box? I first sat down to write a tutorial (and some Drupal.org documentation) about the many... More

What is Capgemini doing to contribute to Drupal?

Drupal's massive growth has attracted some true global giants to our community. Capgemini is a 100k+ person consulting firm with over 35k employees in India. Apart from Capgemini's established reputation as a leader in large scale Drupal implementations and a preferred Acquia partner, they are now also actively contributing to the community through drupal.org testing efforts. The Capgemini drupal.org contribution team consists of three developers with Drupal and PHP backgrounds, an architect and a manager. My email interview with them... More

Radio France sponsors Spark Drupal 7 work

Topic: DrupalAcquiaSpark distributionWhen we first announced the Spark authoring experience initiative for Drupal in May of last year, we chose Drupal 7 as our target in order to develop the features and get them in front of testers as quickly as possible. After DrupalCon Munich in August, the team shifted efforts towards Drupal 8 core instead, in order to more directly improve the experience of Drupal itself. Since then, we have successfully worked with the community to drive home... More

Managed Cloud pro tip: The Environments

Managed Cloud is a great tool for hassle-free management of your Drupal sites and works great out of the box. What I realized in the last weeks is that it has a lot of features that we don’t typically advertise to users but are hugely valuable for them. Development environments are one of those. The standard of Drupal development stipulates that you need three environments for your users: Development - for making the actual changes and integrating them Staging (sometimes called Testing) - to test all changes before going live Production (sometimes called Live) - where the actual site runs for... More

4 Steps to Optimize Your Drupal Site, Increase Traffic

I recently used acquia.com to demonstrate how to increase site traffic on a Drupal website by improving the online marketing. This conversation made me think that I could share some of the key things I do on acquia.com with other Drupal site managers. For starters, SEO, or search engine optimization, is a huge focus for me and there are some great tools in Drupal to help with this. Step1: Please start by enabling clean URLs within your system settings. It’s easy. Just a check box. Step 2: Now, for a bit more work. I’ve listed out the top 5 modules I suggest putting on your website to help... More

5 Content Management Blogs You Should be Reading

1) Gadgetopia. This blog run by Deane Barker is one of my favorites. Deane often writes about the more complex and subtle topics surrounding content management, and he does it from the perspective of having implemented hundreds of sites over the years. 2) Digital Clarity Group. DCG is team of research-driven industry analysts who cover content management and digital transformation. I've known their founder... More

Acquia retrospective 2012

For Acquia, 2012 was a great year. In many ways, it's been our best year. Last year, we saw more evidence of Drupal continuing to become a growing part of the mainstream. While this trend has been apparent for some time, in 2012 we were being adopted at a faster rate by more and more enterprise businesses and government agencies. Acquia, in many ways, has risen on the tide of this acceptance. Maybe we helped build this momentum. And along the way, as we've grown, we have worked to keep the philosophy of open source as the guiding... More

Open Source, Community, and Freedom

I’ve been with Acquia for a few weeks and have greatly enjoying learning about Drupal and what makes an open source project succeed – the community. It’s such a different approach to product development than I’m used to, having spent most of my career working for commercial CMS companies. I’ve already seen the energy, commitment and passion of the Drupal community. In fact, I’m beginning to believe that community is one of the most important factors in the long-term success of a CMS implementation project. CMS expert Deane Barker writes about... More

Fresh start to the new year: Add Drupal to your toolbox

As the new year starts, I'm making ALL kinds of resolutions. Is learning Drupal on your list of things to do? Or maybe you want to finally switch over that site to Drupal? Hopefully our active training events calendar has courses and dates and locations to suit your needs. Last year, our partners taught Drupal to nearly 3000 people in public free and paid training events, and that doesn't count any private training events. Wow! Well done team! However, most of those events were in the US and Canada. OlinData... More

Code Forward: Meet the Developers Behind President Obama’s 2012 Re-Election

In January, our friends at New Relic are sponsoring Code Forward – a three-city tour with the development team behind President Obama successful re-election campaign. The Obama for America team redefined the importance of technology in national elections. You may have seen some of their groundbreaking efforts covered in Ars Technica, Mashable and more. The OFA team will... More

Spark update: unified in-place editing

Topic: DrupalAcquiaUsabilitySpark distributionA major focus of usability efforts in Drupal core has been around making it easier to edit things on your site. In Drupal 7, we introduced the Contextual links and Overlay modules to make it simpler for content authors and site builders to jump directly to the parts of the administration that relate to the things they see directly on the page, such as blocks or menus. Drupal 8 has now upped the ante with the new in-place editing feature, which allows for direct modification of content on your site... More

4 New Year's Resolutions for your 2013 Digital Strategy

'Tis the time of year when we make resolutions to eat better, exercise more, watch less TV, and give up our other vices for the new year. Here are four great New Year's Resolutions to make in 2013 to improve your digital marketing strategy. 1) Think Mobile First. It is time to stop treating mobile as something different. You need to think about mobile as the primary way your customers will interact with your company over digital channels. It's all about thinking Mobile First. The traditional approach of... More

Using Selenium as Testing Platform

One of the key aspects of successful project delivery is creating an effective quality assurance (QA) process. Functional testing of the application is usually performed by a separate team than the developers who typically do not know how to program. A challenge that I have found on projects is providing a good open source QA tool to the the QA team that does not require programming knowledge. Selenium has been the tool of choice and works wonderfully, but we have found a couple of issues when integrating it into our continuous integration (CI) processes. The first challenge that we have... More

Open Source & The Innovators Solution

I've spent most of my career working for commercial web content management companies. But over the past few years, something became very clear to me - commercial CMS products are broken. Vendors are spending more time building features to compete with each other than they are trying to solve real-world customer problems. This idea is captured in one of my favorite books,... More

Video asks: Is Drupal left-brained or right-brained?

In many ways, the job of Acquia’s partner team is to create the right connections. One important way we do that is to connect customers with partners to produce extraordinary digital experiences. This is like connecting both sides of the brain, the left side and right side, the analytical and the creative. Genuine Interactive, one of our partners, is a fast growing full-service digital agency based in Boston that has deepened its partnership with Acquia in 2012. Genuine has produced a... More

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