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A Drupal Dev Workflow for everyone: git flow, or just your flow

When it comes to building Drupal sites with a team of developers, there's perhaps nothing more important than establishing a productive workflow. Conferences are buzzing with talk of Continuous Integration, DevOps, Deployments and everything of the sort, and that's because as project sizes grow, these topics become central to the question of building great websites.
But what is the best way to turn your development team into a well oiled deployment machine? Unfortunately, I can't prescribe that for you, because your development workflow needs to fit your own needs, not mine. But what I can do... Meer

Twin Cities Drupal Camp accessibility testing, discussions and sprinting

Usability and accessibility testing
On Friday, July 19th, 2013, two usability tests were conducted in the labs of the University of Minnesota. We set up the tests with the intent of establishing the usability of the content creation experience. Two participants, one blind and one sighted, attempted to create an article node. The testing script is available publicly and open for comment.
Special thanks to... Meer

The evolution of the toolbar; Drupal 7 to Drupal 8

Blog series: #1 of 5.
As we saw in Dries’ keynote in Portland there’s a new toolbar in Drupal 8 that looks—and works—quite different to the one in Drupal 7. This series will give some history on how the new toolbar came to be as well as some of the design thinking behind it and how it can be used and extended by content authors, site builders, themers, and module developers.
Why did we need to change the toolbar?
The Drupal 7 toolbar was a big improvement over what we had in Drupal 6 but just in the short few years since it’s introduction the whole landscape of front-end design has changed... Meer

The Power of PHP: The "Swiss Army Knife of Digital"

Guest post by Michelangelo van Dam – Michelangelo van Dam is a professional PHP consultant and Zend Framework expert working mainly for governments and larger enterprises. Michelangelo is also president of PHPBenelux, a PHP user group operating in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. He is a respected and sought-after speaker at PHP conferences around the world.

In the Beginning...

Since the day Rasmus Lerdorf open-sourced PHP back in 1995, millions of businesses have relied on this technology to build rich, interactive, and dynamic web... Meer

Site Performance with Drupal 8 and Symfony - Part 1

(Part 1 of the "Site Performance with Drupal 8 and Symfony" blog series)
(This article does not represent the current state of Drupal 8 development.)
In over five years of developing Drupal, the most interesting announcement I’ve read was that the SCOTCH and WSCII initiatives had resulted in refactoring Drupal 8 code to use Symfony components. The switch comes with a lot of fascinating possibilities for performance improvements, but on the other hand, frameworks are often maligned for being bloated... Meer

My (good) adventures with using SVN to manage my code

Back in the days of yore there was FTP, and it was OK (don’t fool yourself, it was never ‘good’). And we used FTP to upload files to our servers and we messed things up and we overwrote good code with bad and well... we made a mess.
Then some genius (bless his or her soul) thought of creating a system that you could use to maintain a history of every version of your code. They also thought it would be neat if it supported more than one person working on the code and could also give you ‘diffs’ between two versions.
There are a fair number of systems providing these features and they are... Meer

Few things to consider when redesigning a B2B website

Everyone who is in the web business has dealt with a site redesign before. Sometimes they are long drawn out projects, and sometimes they go a bit faster. Sometimes they take years and millions of dollars. I’ve been a part of each of those scenarios. Our recent website redesign went pretty smoothly, so I wanted to share what I’ve learned over the years.
Make sure you know why you are redesigning your website. Set Goals. When we started redesigning Acquia.com we listed out these main goal:
Increase Leads
Improve Messaging
More Relevant Content

Once you have your goals set and ideas of how... Meer

"Retirement Tsunami" of CIO's in Higher Education. What Comes Next?

I remember being at Gartner Symposium in Orlando years ago and sitting in one of Mike Zastrocky’s presentations and listening him talk about the issue of an aging IT demographic bearing down on colleges and universities. Mike’s warning was meant to serve as a call to action to the industry: Colleges and universities need to actively work on transferring technological skills and knowledge, cultivating a new generation of IT leaders... Meer

Digital Clarity Group: The Latest Marketing Gimmick? Truly Useful Content

This is a guest blog post written by Robert Rose, Senior Analyst at Digital Clarity Group (DCG). Along side his work with DCG, he is also the Strategist in Residence and brand advisor for the Content Marketing Institute, a featured writer and guest blogger for iMedia Connection, CMSWire and Fierce Content Management. Robert also maintains his own blog at The Mythic Marketer.
When you’re surfing the channels on television – you’re looking for great content. You may first try your “tried and true” channels. But you’ll ultimately land (and stay) on a channel because of the content, and not... Meer

Social Depth Platforms & The Death of Social Business Silos

Today, Forrester Research released the Q3 2013 Forrester Wave: Social Depth Platforms. Acquia’s Drupal Commons was identified as a Leader in the Wave, alongside Social Business Software stalwarts like Jive Software. It’s the first time Acquia has been identified as a Leader by a top analyst like Forrester and Gartner. It’s also a milestone achievement for open source as Drupal Commons is now one of the few (maybe the only?) open source business applications to lead a Forrester Wave. Here's my favorite quote from... Meer

B2B Marketing & Sales Trends: 14 Sessions You Won't Want to Miss

Keeping up with the latest advancements in marketing and sales can be a daunting task... especially while you're trying to get your daily tasks done and keep the business running! The good news is that our friends over at The Marketing Cloud have done some of the heavy lifting for us.
The B2B Marketing & Sales Trends event is less than 2 weeks away! This half-day virtual conference is a... Meer

3 Government mobile websites worth visiting

One each at the Federal, State, and Local level:
FEMA - http://www.fema.gov
State of Georgia - http://georgia.gov
NYC MTA - http://apps.mta.info/traintime
enabling faster and more effective access for all citizens by incorporating both responsive design and native application techniques.
Additional (non government sites) worth... Meer

CMIS - mitigating integration risks for your content

While consolidation efforts help to lend sanity to an IT portfolio, it's rare that anyone is able to collapse things into a single, unified stack covering all scenarios. Instead options become codified using a number of "pre approved" product sets in various categories: a key one being DM & WCM.
Each permutation carries different costs with respect to licensing, operating, and integrating the underlying components. The last point can lead to many unknowns in a project plan - exactly why... Meer

Migrate 2.6 - UI changes

The Migrate module provides services for migrating data from various sources (other CMS frameworks, external web services, or other Drupal installations) into the local Drupal environment. It has been used to migrate sites such as The Economist, Examiner.com,... Meer

We hold these truths to be (not so) self-evident

With "the Cloud" stratified into rough categories of IaaS / PaaS / SaaS service models, it becomes increasingly apparent that not all application hosting options are created equal - especially when viewed from an O&M perspective:

Just as stepping into IaaS options, like AWS, enable you to
offload direct hardware purchases
and their associated maintenance
PaaS and SaaS offer additional benefits for the right use cases. In particular, with Drupal applications you have the following options:
Acquia Network... Meer


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