How is Acquia related to Drupal?

After creating Drupal, an open source CMS framework, Dries Buytaert started a cloud hosting service that has evolved into Acquia's digital experience platform.

How Drupal inspired the Acquia platform

Dries Buytaert created the first Drupal content management framework while finishing his master’s degree in 2000. As he was working toward his doctorate while also leading the open source Drupal project, he began to envision a company devoted to the success of Drupal and to supporting its growing community.

To “take Drupal full-time,” Buytaert and Jay Batson founded Acquia in 2007 to provide infrastructure, support and services to enterprise organizations using Drupal, to help Drupal scale, to promote open source software, to make Drupal easier, to spur greater adoption, and to empower a thriving network of Drupalists around the world.

Acquia initially offered managed cloud hosting and fine-tuned services for Drupal, and has now grown to provide a fully loaded digital experience platform with Drupal at its core.

Acquia brings the same pioneering spirit of Drupal to providing the world’s most ambitious brands with technology that allows them to embrace innovation and create customer moments that matter.

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Nobody Knows Drupal Like Acquia

Long on the forefront of digital experiences with Drupal, Acquia continues to push the envelope in a way that no other company can – with services, contributions, partners, developers, and programs that no one else offers.

  • Acquia Lightning

    Acquia has a free, open source Drupal 8 distribution with preselected modules and configuration to help developers build better sites faster and run them on Acquia Cloud.

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  • Decoupled Drupal

    Whether you call it headless or decoupled, Acquia is a leader in using Drupal as a central content service to power your entire application and device ecosystem.

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  • Acquia Labs

    Acquia Labs has architected groundbreaking projects for innovations like conversational interfaces, chatbots, beacon technology, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. 

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  • Partners & Customer Success Services

    Acquia matches Drupal projects with a network of successful partners and in-house experienced professional services teams.

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  • Contributions to Drupal

    Acquia is the leading contributor to Drupal 8 and has a website devoted to Drupal developers – the Acquia Development Center.

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  • Acquia Certification Program

    Acquia offers the premier professional certification program to validate and promote developers’ Drupal skills.

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Commonly asked questions
What’s the difference between Acquia and Drupal?
Acquia is an open source digital experience company. Drupal is the leading open source web content management system.
Does Acquia provide Drupal hosting?
Yes. With Acquia Cloud and Acquia Cloud Site Factory, Acquia provides a powerful cloud-native platform for organizations of all sizes.
Does Acquia own Drupal?
No. Drupal is free, open source software that belongs to the world. Acquia’s founder Dries Buytaert invented Drupal. Buytaert still heads the Drupal project, and Acquia developers are the biggest contributors. But Drupal is open to everyone.
Is there an Acquia Drupal version?
Acquia Lightning is an open source Drupal 8 distribution to get developers started in the Acquia Cloud.
What is Acquia’s demonstrated Drupal expertise?
Acquia has worked with some of the world’s biggest brands to create some of the world’s best digital experiences – Wilson Sporting Goods, Steward Health Care, City of Boston, Conagra, George Washington University, Princess Cruises, Powdr ski resorts, and Hubert Burda Media.
Which open source projects does Acquia contribute to?
Acquia is an active, enthusiastic contributor to the Drupal project.
What are the tools Acquia can provide me to get started with Drupal?
Acquia Lightning, Dev Desktop, self-service cloud options, Acquia BLT, Acquia Cloud CD (with Pipelines), Acquia Platform APIs. Get started today with a 30-day free trial of Acquia Cloud.
I have a Drupal project - how can I get Acquia’s services?
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