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Acquia and Lullabot Announce Drupalize.Me

Acquia and Lullabot, a Drupal strategy, training and development company, announced that Lullabot’s Drupalize.Me training is now available through Acquia Network. The Acquia Network provides developers and site builders with answers, tools, and support for creating, extending, and maintaining extraordinary web experiences on Drupal. It will now offer access to Drupalize.Me video tutorials and training presentations as part of the Acquia Professional and Enterprise subscriptions. Basic and Developer level subscribers can try Drupalize.Me for one month for US $1.00. Drupalize.Me is a convenient way to learn Drupal, providing instant access to an unrivaled library of Drupal training from top-tier experts, streamed to your computer, tablet, or smart phone. More than 335 high-quality, in-depth videos are currently available, with over 140 hours of training — and new videos are being added every month. Drupalize.Me offers practical information that both beginner and experienced developers can understand and apply immediately. Acquia also announced the addition of four other new services for Acquia Network: Insight, which provides enhanced Drupal monitoring capabilities; SEO Grader, an SEO analysis tool; Blitz, which tests websites’ abilities to handle high traffic loads; and Acquia Apps Market – an API and store for third-party applications for Drupal available in Q4 2011. http://acquia.com

Acquia Launches Drupal Gardens 1.0

Acquia announced the general availability release of Drupal Gardens 1.0 with new capabilities and pricing plans. Drupal Gardens is a way to build content-rich dynamic sites. Views provides Drupal Gardens with a collection of tools for site builders with the simplicity of software-as-a-service (SaaS) delivery. Without writing any code, Views allows creation of custom mashups or combinations of content, media, user profiles, and more. Site builders can point and click to pull together any information on their site and craft lists, grids, tables, reports, RSS feeds, and navigation. Views can also be configured to display different results based on visitor interactions, such as displaying posts submitted over the past month versus the most popular. With Views, Drupal Gardens sites can be assembled and deployed with dynamic content. Importantly, there is no lock-in for site builders and owners with Drupal Gardens’ OpenSaaS approach. If there is a need to add custom modules, simply export the complete site to Acquia Dev Cloud or your own hosting environment. Drupal Gardens is offering a tiered pricing structure ranging from individuals to large enterprises. drupalgardens.com

Social Publishing with Drupal — New GG Whitepaper

I just published a new white paper, Social Publishing with Drupal, sponsored by Acquia and also available here. We forget that publishing and blogging (including this post) are stove-piped operations. But what would happen if we could intelligently keep track of all these disparate threads, combining the authoritative content from trusted sources with insights from friends and colleagues, organized contextually around the ways we think about things and make decisions? Social publishing is a new lens for delivering business value.

Here’s the executive summary for the white paper. Click the link above if you’d like to learn more. What’s the future of social publishing? Let’s start a debate. /geoff

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Social publishing combines groomed and authoritative content, produced by an organization and emphasizing its core messages, with user-generated content that customers contribute via blogs, wikis, and social media tools. Drupal is an example of a social publishing platform, developed and maintained as an open source project, and delivered at an affordable cost.

Drupal is now deployed in major media companies, high technology firms, universities, magazine publishers, government agencies (including the White House), research groups, and non-profit organizations. Whether it is in a commercial, non-profit, or government setting, organizations rely on Drupal to project their presence over the web and to channel the interactive experiences that foster communities of contributors.

By leveraging Drupal’s capabilities as a social publishing platform, organizations are able to reinforce their branded experiences and deliver relevant content to their customers and stakeholders. By exploiting Drupal as an open source project, developers supporting these organizations can easily enhance and extend Drupal’s capabilities, and introduce innovative modes of interactivity that meet specific business requirements.

Drupal is an attractive investment with substantial business benefits. Organization can keep their license and support costs modest by building on an open source project. Organizations can leverage the collective expertise of Drupal developers to solve immediate publishing problems. By relying on Drupal, organizations can stay abreast of the rapid technology changes when building competitive solutions for the digital age.

Drupal Gardens Launches in Private Beta

Acquia has launched Drupal Gardens into private beta today, e-mailing out invites to the intial batch of people who signed up to be beta testers. Drupal Gardens is a hosted version of Drupal which is remotely installed, hosted and upgraded. It is designed to have an interface similar to sites such as WordPress.com or Ning. Equipped with multi-user blogging, commenting, forums, custom content types, and advanced user management, Drupal Gardens aims to be a tool for organizations that want to build social sites. While currently on a private beta you can sign up to request an invite, and Acquia expects to transition to a public beta by spring 2010. Drupal Gardens will be available for free to the public throughout all of 2010. www.drupalgardens.com/

DPCI Joins Acquia Program to Deliver Drupal Publishing Solutions

DPCI announced it has joined the Acquia Partner program at the Platinum level. Through the program, DPCI will expand its open source content management offerings by developing and delivering custom publishing solutions utilizing Acquia’s value-added products and services for the Drupal social publishing system. Additionally the program allows DPCI to leverage the Acquia Network for support, site management, and remote network services. http://drupal.org, http://acquia.com, http://www.databasepublish.com