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Acquia Lightning

Develop Enterprise Drupal 8 Websites Faster

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

Highlighted Features

Fast On-Ramp for Drupal 8 Projects

Develop with Lightning to cut development time by 30 percent and deploy Drupal sites that help you get to market faster and empower your editorial teams with easy to use tools. 

Acquia Cloud Integration

Lightning is optimized for the developer-friendly, scalable and secure Acquia Cloud.

Streamlined Authoring Experiences

Empower enterprise editorial teams so they can work smarter, not harder, on layouts, media, content and experiences that engage and convert visitors.

Drag-and-Drop Layout Tools

Eliminate complexity for enterprise experience builders with tools that allow them to drag and drop images, videos and other rich media, and content assets into layouts.

Team-Friendly Content Workflows

Use Lightning to configure and manage workflows that streamline the processes for reviewing, approving, scheduling, and publishing content.


Lightning undergoes regular security audits to keep your sites safe and is built on Drupal, one of the most secure web application frameworks in the world.

Accelerate your Development with the Fastest Drupal 8 On-Ramp

Acquia Lightning is the best place to start creating new sites and experiences using Drupal 8. One of the most widely adopted Drupal distributions, Lightning gives you all of Drupal 8 plus a curated set of capabilities focused on making page layouts, media management, content creation and workflows faster and easier than with Drupal core alone.

Lightning Workflow

Create and Publish with Smarter Workflows

Lightning not only empowers you to develop with Drupal, it makes your workflow more productive so you can keep the content and digital experiences flowing and keep your customers engaged. Configurable workflows allow you to govern your content though approval stages and schedule content for future publication.  

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