Drupal is one of the world’s most popular content management systems and it drives the web’s most ambitious sites and experiences. A big reason Drupal is so popular is its massive module ecosystem made up of thousands of community-maintained plug-ins that add features and functionality to Drupal core.
“Distributions,” such as Acquia Lightning, are powerful Drupal time savers. Distributions are pre-configured development applications with pre-selected/integrated modules enabling developers to build Drupal sites and applications more easily and in less time. Using a distribution to build a new site is like starting a 100-yard dash on the 30-yard line.
Acquia Lightning is an all-purpose Drupal 8 distribution with around 75 modules and extra capabilities built in. Today thousands of sites worldwide are built on Lightning. It exists in an ecosystem with vertical-specific distributions like Gov CMS (government), Open EDU (education) and Thunder (publishing). Lightning provides a clearly defined bundle of enterprise Drupal capabilities and offers a default starting point for new builds. We like to say Lightning delivers everything in Drupal core, and more.
Not only does Lightning deliver a feature-rich starting point for Drupal projects, but it also accelerates development and reduces budget in the process.
So how much time and money are you really saving by using Lightning?
Several of Acquia’s Drupal experts dug into this question by looking at two projects that used Lightning: a project being built by a new-to-Drupal team and a project being led by an experienced Drupal team.
In each case, the benefits that came from using Lightning were noteworthy.
Acquia Lightning eliminates a significant amount of effort required of typical Drupal projects (top bar) as it provides capabilities in the areas of layout, workflow, media and APIs (The portion represented in green).
After reviewing all of the tasks typically involved in setting up a Drupal project and looking at the capabilities Lighting provides out of the box, we uncovered significant time and cost savings by going with Lightning.