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Drupal Core Contributors

Meet some of Acquia's 98 Drupal 8 core contributors.

Adam Hoenich

Adam (aka phenaproxima) has been building Drupal sites, writing themes, and making custom modules since 2007, but he really ramped up his involvement with the Drupal community in 2013 when he inherited the Corresponding Entity References module, and in 2014 when he wrote the Drupal Module Upgrader for Acquia. Since then he has worked on the core migration path from Drupal 6 and 7 to Drupal 8.

Alex Bronstein

Located in Eugene, Oregon, Alex Bronstein (effulgentsia) has been instrumental to the Drupal 8 release through his work as a Framework Manager for Drupal 8 Core. Prior to Acquia, Alex has been programming custom Drupal modules since 2005 and contributing to the Drupal community since 2008.

Amit Goyal

Amit Goyal, from Delhi, India, has been a Drupalist since 2005; he started with Drupal 4.x! An active contributor to the Drupal community, Amit has worked on many projects involving issues like migration, multisite, and multilingual. He has also contributed to many contributed modules, and to Drupal core (7.x, 8.x).

Gábor Hojtsy

Gabor Hojtsy, Drupal developer and employee #1 at Acquia, is the Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative lead. A Drupalist since 2003, Gabor has assembled and sustained a large (1300 contributors!) global team that has made multilingual one of the most anticipated features in Drupal 8.

Jess (xjm)

Jess (xjm on Drupal.org) is a developer, reviewer, mentor, language nerd, and naturalist. She somewhat unintentionally developed her own home-grown content management system in 2003, and discovered a few years later that Drupal could save her a whole lot of work. 

Kevin Oleary

Kevin O’Leary has been a Drupalist since 2008. As Director of Design at Acquia, Kevin remains focused on creating a lean and agile customer experience through choice architecture and cross-disciplinary team building. His main goal? Delivering products that work.

Peter Wolanin

Peter Wolanin, Principal Cloud Security Engineer, had a previous life as a Senior Scientist before making the leap into working with Drupal, and eventually at Acquia.

Tim Plunkett

Straight out of Philly, Tim Plunkett has been building sites with Drupal for 7+ years. As an active member of the Drupal community, Tim is a core subsystem co-maintainer for Drupal’s Ajax system, configuration entity system, form system, and many more. In the spring of 2014, Tim joined Acquia as a senior engineer to help bring Drupal 8 to life and today has over 1200 commits.

Wim Leers

I stumbled into Drupal while working on another open source project, and I was looking for the best software to build and maintain websites. After evaluating many options, I ended up choosing Drupal. Drupal did most of the things I needed it to do, except a few.

Drupal.org Contributions

Webform Matrix Component

This module provides functionality to add matrix component / Table component in webform module. You can add matrix component like other components (textfield, select, label, date, Radio, Checkbox, Multiple Select etc).

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Video module allows you to upload video in any format, play video in any format, transcode video to H.246, Theora, VP8(Web compatible formats) using Zencoder or FFMPEG. Automatically create video thumbnails, deliver videos from Cloud file systems, and establish mobile device compatibility.

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Searchandising is when you use a shopper's search terms to display relevant content like other products, specials, advertisements, and content. This module provides some add-ons to popular search modules that allow administrative interfaces to configure common searchandising functionality, for example keyword-based redirects.

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Configuration Log

Log all things to a Drupal 8 configuration system.

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Acquia Lift Connector

This module provides integration with the Acquia Lift Service and an enhanced User Experience for Personalization, Testing and Targeting directly inside the Drupal User Interface.

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The Logger module provides event logging facilities that are decoupled from any particular storage backend. It is useful for module developers who want to instrument their code for monitoring and alerting without forcing their users to use a particular backend technology, like StatsD.

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neetu morwani
Image Property Check

This module reports all the images that exceed the maximum memory size limit preventing the degradation of the performance of the website.

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Brant Wynn
Lightning Features

This project contains the decoupled components that are maintained for the Lightning distribution project. You can add this project to your own install profile and build unique sites that leverage the power of Lightning.

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Whitecanvas is a Drupal 8 Theme aimed to take advantage of SASS and Twig. The goal is to have a theme that allows you to use different CSS Frameworks for different projects without much change.

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Mollom handles incoming posts intelligently, similarly to how a human moderator decides what posts are acceptable. Therefore, Mollom enables you to allow anonymous users to post comments and other content on your site.

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This module provides a suite of extendable plug-ins and APIs for personalizing Drupal content. Two guiding principles of this module are that it should be just as easy to personalize content for anonymous users as it is for authenticated users, and that personalization should continue to work even when pages are fully cached (including in varnish and CDNs).

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Rohan Oswal
Commons Migration

Provide a migration path from Commons 2.x to 3.x.

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Alternative Stream Wrappers

This simple module allows Drupal to keep using the built-in stream wrappers (e.g. public:// and temporary://) but also have the use of one or more Alternative Stream Wrappers for cases like the shared temporary directory.

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Address Field Static Map

This module can generate either a Google static map, a JS Google Map or a Mapquest static map following as a block when placed on a content type that has an address field.

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Views Slideshow Rendered Entity Pager

This module extends the Views Slideshow pager functionality to provide a new widget to display rendered entities in the pager (instead of simple bullet for example). You can select a specific view mode to be used in the pager.

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Gulab Bisht
Single User Role

This module modifies user role assigning functionality and only allows a single role to be assigned to a particular user. This helps in the situations where you want users to have only one role at a time.

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Password Policy

This module provides a way to enforce restrictions on user passwords by defining password policies.

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Read Only Mode

Read Only Mode provides an alternate to the built-in Maintenance Mode in Drupal. Instead of displaying a static text file to users while the site is in maintenance mode, Read Only Mode will allow access (reading) of new content while preventing the addition of new content (posting / submitting forms / etc).

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Google Docs Integration

This module implements part of the Google Documents List Data API v2.0, as per Google Documents List Data API v2.0.

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Responsive Menus

Make menus mobile friendly with responsive features.

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Unique Comments

This module aims to bring originality to drupal comments. More often than not the majority of comments on a website will be things like 'lol' or perhaps just some copypasta.

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Gulab Bisht
Single User Role

This module modifies user role assigning functionality and only allows a single role to be assigned to a particular user. This helps in the situations where you want users to have only one role at a time.

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Brant Wynn
Demo Framework

The Demo Framework (DF) is a distribution consisting of modules, themes and libraries. It uses modules from popular distributions like Spark, Commerce Kickstart and Panopoly.

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Meagen Williams
Drupal Speak

Drupal speak" is a spellcheck dictionary for Drupal-related terminology that commonly gets mistakenly flagged as misspelled—words like, you know, Drupal. :-)

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Two Factor Authentication

Second-factor authentication for Drupal sites. The TFA module adds a second step of authentication with a check for something you have -- such as a code sent to (or generated by) your mobile phone.

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The 10 Layers of PaaS: Best Practices to Optimize the Delivery and Maintenance of High Quality Sites

A great online experience is essential for success in today’s digital marketplace. The challenge is in having the resources to build, deploy, manage and scale web applications while ensuring there is adequate focus on continuing innovation, which is crucial for ongoing success.

Infrastructure-as-a-Service has helped bridge the gap. However, IT professionals are starting to realize that an end-to-end Platform-as-a-Service is the solution needed to truly speed time-to-market and stay one step ahead of the ever-evolving technology landscape.

Join us for this webinar as we discuss how Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is proving to deliver the true value in this challenging environment. Attendees will hear Andrew Kenney, VP of Platform Engineering, give a deep dive into topics such as:

  • The 10 layers of PaaS that you should recognize as requirements which help deliver a Drupal best practice solution
  • The resources and investment required to build such a solution
  • How the Acquia PaaS delivers an end-to-end solution which helps you build, test and deploy websites quickly and securely from day one
Prasad Shirgaonkar
All New Drupal 8 Foundations Certification: How to Prepare & Pass

With all of the new changes and improvements in Drupal 8, it is important to ensure that you are fully trained and certified on the key changes. This is where Acquia’s Drupal 8 Foundations Certification Exam comes in: a course for all Drupal 7 users to validate their understanding of the changes in Drupal 8 and call themselves fully certified on D8.

Register for this webinar with Kristina Kelley and Prasad Shirgaonkar to learn the necessary steps to take before completing this certification, as well as what this certification entails.

Attendees will walk away with an understanding of:

  • An overview of the new Drupal 8 Foundations Exam
  • The Exam Blueprint and Assessment Objectives
  • What to expect in the exam and ways to prepare
  • The free online training programs offered by Acquia
  • How to register for and take the exam

Acquia will have a Certification Center at DrupalCon Asia to be held in Mumbai between February 18th and 20th 2016. All Acquia Certification exams are offered at a special price at the DrupalCon Certification center. We will share detailed information about the DrupalCon Certification Center and Special DrupalCon offer during the webinar.

Drupal 8 Improvements for Developer Productivity: PHP, Symfony, and More

It’s no secret: Drupal 8 simplifies the developer process. With support for object-oriented web development, PHP, Symfony, and more, Drupal 8 has been architected for developer productivity and makes development easier than ever before.

In this webinar, learn how to setup the tools to make Drupal 8 and Symfony development that much easier. Ron Northcutt, Solutions Architect at Acquia, will review some simple use cases for each tool as a starting point. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of:

  • How to debug with Dev Desktop2, Xdebug, and PHPStorm as the IDE
  • Drush and Drupal Console: what they are and how to use them
  • The devel module and web profiler
  • The Acquia Log viewer Chrome extension

This webinar assumes that the viewer has PHPStorm and DevDesktop2 installed, is comfortable with basic command line tools, and has some prior experience with PHP code and Drupal modules. However, prior experience with Drupal 8 is not necessary. Register now to get up to speed with all of the new dev tools in Drupal 8!

BigPipe: The Architecture Behind the Fastest Version of Drupal Yet

Did you know that the majority of the time spent generating a HTML page is spent on a few personalized parts? Pages are only sent to the client after everything is rendered. Well, what if Drupal could start sending a page before it’s fully finished? What if Drupal could let the browser start downloading CSS, JS, and images, and even make the majority of the page available for interaction while Drupal generates the personalized parts? Good news - it can.

This is where Drupal 8’s improved architecture comes in: it allows us to do Facebook BigPipe-style rendering. You can now simply install the BigPipe module for Drupal 8 and see the difference for yourself.

In this webinar, we will discuss:

  • The ideas behind BigPipe
  • How to use BigPipe on your Drupal site
  • How Drupal is able to do this (high-level technical information)
  • How you can make your code BigPipe-compatible (technical details)
  • What else is made possible thanks to the improved architecture in Drupal 8 (ESI etc.), without any custom code
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Make Your Website Easily Accessible with Drupal 8

Accessibility in Drupal 8 has come a long way since Drupal 7. Drupal 8 has added extensive support for accessibility in Core. From small changes like font size and color contrast, to large changes like WAI-ARIA in core, Drupal 8 will make it easier to build an accessible site. For anyone trying to make a barrier-free website, it’s important to understand the new features and how each can be used.

In this webinar, Mike Gifford, Drupal 8’s Core Accessibility Maintainer, will cover the variety of accessibility features that Drupal 8 offers, including:

  • HTML5 & Improved Semantics
  • Colour Contrast and Low Vision
  • Alt Tags and Defaults
  • W3C's ATAG
  • Tables
  • Errors

By attending this webinar you’ll get an understanding of the challenges of web accessibility, Drupal 8’s new features, and how the new capabilities benefit the web.

Fabien Potencier
Best Practices for Drupal Performance Tuning

Did you know that 40% of website visitors get frustrated if they have to wait more than 3 seconds for a page to load? Well, what if your Drupal websites could run even faster? Managing performance is not just about optimizing a website once -- it is a process that needs to be included in your day-to-day development workflow.

Profiling is perhaps the best way to understand the runtime behavior of your PHP code. In this webinar, Fabien Potencier will show you how to use Blackfire.io to easily profile Drupal websites and diagnose production performance problems.

After you've tuned the performance of your backend PHP code, you must then focus on tuning the front-end performance. This is determined in a big part by how the HTML response is delivered. Drupal 8's ability to do Facebook BigPipe-style HTML rendering can make the experience for authenticated users much faster. And for anonymous users, Drupal 8's cache tags allow you to integrate with reverse proxies in a previously impossibly efficient and painless manner -- no matter if it's a single Varnish instance or a global CDN.

In this webinar we will discuss backend and frontend Drupal performance tuning, including:

  • Profiling vs. benchmarking and what the difference is
  • PHP Profiling and profiling before production
  • BigPipe and page caching, and how the BigPip technique drastically reduces load times
  • Why CDN, Varnish, and cache tags matter
The Workflow Methodology to Train Your Team on Drupal 8

With all of the new updates in Drupal 8, it’s important to ensure that you and your team are fully trained on the improvements and changes. This webinar will do just that and will help you get up to speed on Drupal 8. Whether you need to train yourself, or a whole team, you’ll leave this webinar with useful resources and advice.

Join OSTraining, an Acquia training partner, to hear about the process for getting your team ready to build on Drupal 8. Topics covered will include:


  • The course outline from the Drupal 8 Beginner class, used to get newcomers and site-builders ready to work with Drupal 8
  • The skills that Drupal themers will need to learn including Twig, Javascript, and Headless Drupal (and where to learn them!)
  • The abilities that Drupal 8 developers must learn including Symfony, object oriented programming, and the new REST API (and the resources available to learn them)

Audience profile: Team leads who need to get their colleagues ready for Drupal 8.

Al Nugent
Brian Castagna
Security Through Standards: Compliance and Confidence in the Cloud

Security is more than just a checkbox. It’s a frame of mind, a culture, and it requires commitment. Meeting the challenges of the growing threats in today’s digital world requires expertise, technology, financial resources, and collaboration. To meet these requirements, you need a platform that is secure by design, compliant with relevant industry standards and architected to protect your business today and in the future.

In our upcoming webinar, we’ll review our comprehensive compliance portfolio and the controls we have implemented to help reduce your business risks by moving to the Acquia Platform.

You will learn about:

  • How audits and certifications validate the security of our platform
  • Why these security standards matter to your organization
  • How Acquia mitigates and manages risk to take the burden off your teams
Responsive & Ready: Why Drupal 8 is Ideal for Building Mobile-first Experiences on Any Device or Screen

One of the overarching missions of Drupal 8 since development began has been transforming Drupal into a mobile-first platform. Thanks to the hard work of the Drupal 8 Mobile Initiative, Drupal 8 is now an ideal platform not only for building sites on your phone or tablet but also for building mobile applications and responsive websites.

Join Acquia for a webinar that delves deeply into how Drupal is your optimal solution for all mobile-first approaches, including core responsive themes, responsive administration, and the fast-growing space of native mobile applications. With Drupal 8, creating mobile experiences for everyone from your users to your developers is a cinch.

  • Why Drupal 8 is now mobile-first
  • For editors: Responsive administration and toolbar
  • For themers: Responsive and mobile-friendly core themes
  • For site builders: The Breakpoint and Responsive Image modules
  • For application developers: Native mobile applications with Web Services in core
Ask Us Anything: Dries Buytaert and Team Tell All on Drupal 8

Drupal 8 is officially here and we couldn’t be more excited! Drupal 8 has over 200 new features and improvements, redefining ease of use and creating even more ways to personalize and deploy your content.

We could go on for days about the new improvements, but we want to hear from you. With all of the exciting changes, there’s bound to be a burning question or two. Come join us for an “Ask All, Tell All” Q&A session on all things Drupal 8 with Drupal’s founder himself, Dries Buytaert, and his superstar team.

We’ll be taking pre-submitted questions to ensure your voice is heard. Submit your questions here and we’ll answer them in this live one-hour session.

Drupal 8 has something for everyone to love — we sure love it, and know you will, too!

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