Acquia + 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 (DXP). It's the only open DXP on the market today.

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Acquia Is the Leading Platform Contributor

Various hosting companies and platforms make a lot of money with Drupal, yet only Acquia appears in the top 30 with 1,823 credits. The contribution gap between Acquia and other hosting companies remains very large. In general, there is a persistent problem with hosting companies not contributing back.

Acquia's core DNA includes "give back more", and we have a dedicated Drupal Acceleration Team that is 100% devoted to contributing to Drupal's core development. Acquia is committed to the continued growth and success of the open source project.

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Nobody Knows Drupal Like Acquia

With Dries as the co-founder, as the largest investor in the community and an unrivaled expertise Acquia is the leader in all things Drupal. We continue 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 CMS

    An enterprise distribution of Drupal fully maintained and enhanced by Acquia. Accelerate your Drupal build and use our expertise to make sure your site is optimized.

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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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  • Low-code Tools

    Acquia offers a low-code solution for Drupal - Site Studio. It empowers developers to manage templates and build content components in the UI without deploying code, and enables business users to create pages using a visual, component based interface.

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  • Drupal Specific Dev Tools

    Cloud IDEs helps experienced Drupal developers innovate faster. It also helps new developers adopt Drupal and shorten the learning curve. With 100% cloud based development tools, your feet never have to touch the ground.

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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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  • Acquia Certification Program

    Acquia offers the premier professional certification program to validate and promote developers’ Drupal skills. With 24 certifications and over 8,000 certifications today, this is a fantastic program.

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Commonly Asked Questions
What’s the difference between Acquia and Drupal?
Acquia is an open source digital experience company that provides an open DXP. 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. Dries still heads the Drupal project, and Acquia developers are the biggest contributors. However, Drupal is open to everyone.
Is there an Acquia Drupal version?
Acquia CMS is an open source Drupal 9 distribution optimized for the Acquia Platform. It can be used as a full package, or the 13 sub modules can be individually used to compose a fully bespoke application.
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 – NBC Sports for the Olympics, Bayer, Brooks, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Conagra, George Washington University, Webster Bank and Hootsuite.
Which open source projects does Acquia contribute to?
Acquia is an active, enthusiastic contributor to the Drupal core project as well as a large number of Drupal modules. In addition, Acquia supports a number of smaller open source libraries and tools.
What are the tools Acquia can provide me to get started with Drupal?
Acquia provides a 100% cloud based development workflow. Getting started is easy with Acquia CMS for the codebase, Cloud IDE for instant developer tools and access, Acquia BLT for building and testing, Acquia Cloud CD (with Pipelines) for CI/CD, and the Acquia Platform APIs to interact with the platform directly.
I have a Drupal project - how can I get Acquia’s services?
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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, support, and fine-tuned services for Drupal. Over the years we've built and acquired technology that complement Drupal and extend its core content capabilities. All while continuing to be the largest investor in the Drupal community.

Today, the Acquia Platform includes personalization, customer data management,  digital asset management and more. Maintaining the the same principals of flexibility, connectivity and speed Acquia offers the only fully loaded open digital experience platform. Drupal is still at the core of everything we do. 


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Acquia Named a Leader in the 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for DXP

Completeness of Vision. Ability To Execute.