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Gardens is in open beta!

on July 23rd, 2010 at 6:58:29 AM

This was a big week for the Gardens team. We moved from private beta into open beta which means people don't need beta codes anymore. They can click Get started on our home page and get a site right away - no waiting for a code. Yay!

The Boston Globe wrote a great article about Gardens with some fantastic quotes

The service, called Drupal Gardens, is designed to make the creation of complex websites easier than it has ever been before. And the Woburn company — which sells products and services for Drupal, a website creation software platform that is popular with developers — hopes to achieve that goal via “ridiculous simplicity,’’ according to Jeff Noyes, the head of user experience for the firm.

And includes a photo of Chris (Engineering VP), Kevin (Designer), and me. I look a little crazy :)

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Come see us at DrupalCon in Copenhagen

on July 20th, 2010 at 6:22:12 AM

If you're using Drupal Gardens or thinking about using it and you're going to be at DrupalCon in Copenhagen, we'd love to meet you. Come talk to us at the Acquia table or find us talking about Gardens at these these sessions.

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Goodbye iPhone, hello DroidX

on July 17th, 2010 at 11:35:25 PM
Why? Because I wanted to be on Verizon instead of AT&T, but the more important reason was to get better integration with gmail and all the google apps (calendar, docs, talk, etc). I compared the Droid and the DroidX and I picked the X because it has a bigger screenm, better camera, vid camera, more memory, etc. It's much easier to use the screen keyboard because it has a bigger screen, has suggested ... "text_exposed");'>See Morewords, and because it has this cool vibration feature when you touch a key - I don't know why this helps but it does. The DroidX doesn't have the iphone's beautiful UI, but it's fast and practicle. And they added a bunch of features to give you a lot of smart shortcuts (eg. when I click on my husband it calls his mobile, or click on my sister and it launches the texting screen). So far, so good. I really like it.

Vacation in LA

on July 15th, 2010 at 10:48:03 AM

We spent last week in LA visiting friends, family, and our favorite places. A quick rundown of our week (photos coming soon): BBQ and fireworks at our friend Tom's in Pasadena with some of the LAFMS crew, BBQ with our LA friends, dinner parties with lots of Gromfins, Olvera street, The Getty Center, Disneyland, Santa Monica Pier, Griffith Park Observatory, Millie's Cafe, and lots more.

Design for Drupal Camp Boston 2010

on June 21st, 2010 at 8:47:58 AM

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The Design for Drupal Camp crew did it again and put on a great camp. I saw a lot of familiar faces but also lots of new people. The D4D camp is a great event for bringing new people into the Drupal community. Many of the sessions were geared for people new to Drupal, including my session which was about using Drupal Gardens as a fast and easy way to get a Drupal 7 site up and running (session video). Over 80% of the audience in my session were people who are new to Drupal, and I was stopped a couple of times by people wanting to see how to do things like move a block to a different region or hide the site name. People were glad to know that the service is free this year and when we start billng in Jan 2010, that the will be a free option as well as affordable premium plans.

A quick look at the ThemeBuilder power theming feature

on June 16th, 2010 at 10:34:43 PM

I'm not a CSS expert, so I love that I can create beautiful themes for my sites without writing a line of code. Ok, a real designer wouldn't call my themes beautiful, but they look good to me. We designed the ThemeBuilder both for people who aren't fluent in CSS and for professional designers who need to create sophisticated themes for their sites. When we released the first version of the ThemeBuilder, designers told us that the ThemeBuilder was limiting. As one designer told me, using the ThemeBuilder was like "themeing with mittens". We took this feedback and went back to the drawing board to rebuild our themes and add a lot more power to the ThemeBuilder. The latest release of the ThemeBuilder gives you the option of working in a Power theming mode to take advantage of new feautures.

Here's a quick 2 min video to show you what this feature looks like:

If you don't have time for a video, then here are a couple of screenshots of the ThemeBuilder turned off and on.

With power theming turned off, you'll click on an area of your page and the ThemeBuilder will select the regions that are most commonly styled, like the header, navigation, or sidebar regions.


When you you turn on power themeing, the ThemeBuilder gives you access to more specific areas so you can do more fine-grained styling.

To learn more about how the themes work in Drupal Gardens, read these blog posts by Jesse Beach, one of our engineers. Her first is an intro to ThemeBuilder theming, followed by one describing stacks, wrappers, and columns.

Using your Drupal site in other languages

on June 15th, 2010 at 1:00:19 PM

If you want to use the Drupal admin UI in languages other than English, here are the steps. I'll add screen shots and more details later.

  1. Go to Modules and enable the Local module
  2. Configure the Local module and add a language
  3. Find the .po file you need from the OSU Open Source Lab site. Download the file you need (eg. drupal-7.0-alpha1.es.po) and rename it to match the original (eg. drupal-7.0-alpha1.es.po)
  4. Go to Configuration - Regional and language - Translate interface - and to the Import tab. Browse for and upload the .po file.

10,000 sites on Drupal Gardens

on May 30th, 2010 at 8:00:00 PM

We blew past the 10,000 site mark at the beginning of June. Dries wrote a great post about it. Beta testers are loving Drupal Gardens and we're getting fantastic feedback. If you want to check it out, click the signup link and add your name to the list. I'm sending out new beta invitations ever day.

Fonts, wonderful fonts

on April 29th, 2010 at 8:00:00 PM

To give Gardens users more font options, we integrated with a font service called TypeKit. Drupal Gardens users can get a TypeKit account (there's a free option) and tell TypeKit the url of their Drupal Gardens site. When usrs select fonts on TypeKit site, the fonts will appear in the list of fonts in the ThemeBuilder and they can add them to their site. Here's a post that Dries published with a link to a short video I created to show you how it works.

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Over 5000 sites on Drupal Gardens!

on April 5th, 2010 at 12:57:51 PM

Gardens has been open for 8 weeks and testers have created over 5000 sites.

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