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Drupal 8 Module of the Week Recap: Paragraphs, Linkit and Search API

The latest Drupal 8 modules to be covered on the Acquia Developer Center are Paragraphs, Linkit, and Search API. Each makes working with Drupal 8 a little easier for developers in some way; by making it easier to make sites responsive, by improving the usability in WYSIWYG editors for content authors, and by providing a toolset for... Plus

The Evolution of Media Company CMS Platforms: Big Bets on Custom CMS

In our series on media company CMS platforms, we’ve looked at the landscape evolution over the last 5-6 years, from how companies make CMS decisions, to the types of CMSs that companies are using, to the overall industry consolidation. Today we’ll wrap up this series with a greater focus on custom CMSs, and a look towards the future, and burgeoning open source adoption.
Due to escalating costs and scaling development issues, it’s my belief that custom CMS platforms only last a handful of years before they become obsolete, and the efforts to maintain them are terminated. We can see an example... Plus

Choosing the Right Framework for Your Personalization Ideas

This is part four of a five-part blog series on personalization.
If you’ve made it this far in the series, you should now have a personalization team, alignment on high level business goals and strategic initiatives, and a project that your team is planning to work on. On top of that, you’ve aligned on an approach to personalization that involves quick iteration and small, manageable tasks, which you may or may not refer to as “stories.”... Plus

Putting Agile Personalization Into Practice

This is part three of a five-part blog series on personalization.

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Author Benjamin Erwin once said, “Building a robot that works involves building a robot that doesn’t work and then figuring out what is wrong with it.” The software world has used terms like agile and lean for this approach for some time. Fast forward to today and... Plus

SDL Abandons "All-In-One" Customer Experience Cloud Strategy

UK customer experience company SDL, in a preliminary filing of its 2015 financial results, attributed recent losses to bad strategy; trying to sell an integrated cloud to marketers who preferred to pick and choose their own solutions rather than an “all-in-one” suite.
In the Executive Chairman’s review of the results, the company stated: “Whilst considerable progress has been made we have been... Plus

The State of Multi-site: A High Level View of CMS Multi-site Capabilities

Enterprise organizations maintain an average of 268 web domains. Entities allocate time and money to ensure these websites remain up-to-date from a technology and content standpoint - resources that otherwise would have been utilized elsewhere in the organization. Multi-site alleviates these inefficiencies by providing a web-platform in which a central team can manage remote sites - eliminating redundant systems, unifying appearance, and streamlining content and software updates. Multi-site accelerates management processes and cuts costs.

Users’ demand for multi-site capabilities, regardless... Plus

A MAP for accelerating Drupal 8 adoption

Contributed modules in Drupal deliver the functionality and innovation proprietary content management solutions simply can't match. With every new version of Drupal comes the need to quickly move modules forward from the previous version. For users of Drupal, it's crucial to know they can depend on the availability of modules when considering a new Drupal 8 project or migrating from a previous version.
I'm pleased that many agencies and customers who use Drupal are donating time and attention to maintaining Drupal's module repository and ensuring their contributed modules are upgraded. I... Plus

Drupal 8 Module of the Week Recap: Honeypot, Drupal Console and Coder


More and more modules continue to be migrated over from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8. This time we’re looking at Honeypot, Drupal Console, and Coder. Technically, only one of these is a true module but the others represent significant contributions to the Drupal community and are important enough to Drupal 8 to be profiled on the Acquia Developer... Plus

Elevated Third: How to Make Content Personalization a Dream

It’s been said over and over; both content and personalization are critical to digital success. So it stands to reason that content personalization is super important. For businesses struggling to meet the demands of their audience, this can be a scary time. Part of the fear comes from not knowing where to start. Should you just start creating various forms of content and see what resonates with your audience, or do you start with audience segments and personalization and then produce content to support them?
There’s no definitive answer, no one step solution to solve all your content... Plus

Drupal 8 Module of the Week Recap: Admin Toolbar, Devel and Metatag


The Drupal community is still working fast and furiously to improve module availability for Drupal 8. We continue to see their brilliant work with each Drupal 7 module successfully migrated over to Drupal 8.
We’re back with three more freshly-migrated D8 modules that we’ve profiled over on the Acquia Developer Center: Admin Toolbar, Devel, and Metatag.
Admin Toolbar
Maintainers: Mohamed Anis (matio89 on Drupal.org) and Wilfrid Roze (... Plus

When traffic skyrockets your site shouldn't go down

This week's Grammy Awards is one of the best examples of the high traffic events websites that Acquia is so well known for. This marks the fourth time we hosted the Grammys' website. We saw close to 5 million unique visitors requesting nearly 20 million pages on the day of the awards and the day after. From television's Emmys to Superbowl advertisers' sites, Acquia has earned its reputation for keeping their Drupal sites humming during the most crushing peaks of traffic.
These "super spikes"... Plus

Acquia's Plans for DrupalCon Asia in Mumbai

Acquia is once again a sponsor of an upcoming DrupalCon -- DrupalCon Asia in Mumbai, India. It runs Feb 18 through Feb 21.
Some of us are traveling a long way to be there and meet new friends from the Indian community. Other colleagues are already part of the Indian Drupal community and are getting the chance to share their knowledge and experience with everyone at the big event on the Drupal calendar.
Acquians will be involved in many of the aspects that make up a DrupalCon: from the summits on Thursday, to the Prenote, to the... Plus

The Evolution of Media Company CMS Platforms: Newspaper CMS Selection

Last week in this series on Media-focused CMS platforms, we discussed how proprietary CMS systems have long dominated the newspaper industry, and then touched on the more recent trend towards consolidation. Today, we’ll dive deeper into that industry, and what drives newspapers to make CMS decisions the way they do.
It’s common practice in the current market to see newspapers with two different CMS solutions, which begs the question, do newspapers actually need two separate... Plus

Using Technology to Overcome 3 Top Content Challenges


While a top priority for most enterprises today, content strategy comes with many challenges. How much content should you be producing; are you over-saturating your audience with too much content, or are you leaving them hanging with too little content? How do you create content that your audience wants to read, watch, or see? And how do you keep up with the audience demand for fresh, completely personalized content, delivered to them at the... Plus

Introducing the Drupal 8 Module of the Week Series


It’s been a little over two months since Drupal 8 went General Availability (GA), a milestone nearly five years in the making. The time between Drupal releases was well spent; Drupal 8 has an updated development framework, improved usability and authoring experiences, and better support for multilingual and mobile.
Since Drupal 8 was released in November, the Drupal community has been working tirelessly to not just migrate existing Drupal 7 modules over, but to write new ones that utilize Drupal 8’s new and improved features. Last week,... Plus

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