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October 27th

Acquia’s Friendlier Version of Drupal: Early Reviews Coming Mixed

Alex

Open-source project Drupal has long been praised as an extremely flexible, robust and extensible CMS. Big organizations such as Federal Express have built their entire Web presence on top of Drupal (note; a company I work for, SproutBuilder, has tightly integrated Drupal with its Web application software). Drupal has had a reputation, alas, as also being very complex and better suited for organizations with serious tech chops. As a CMS noob, I was intrigued to read that a company launched by key Drupal visionary Dries Buytaert would be launching a new company called Acquia that aimed to make Drupal out-of-the-box easy like WordPress and Moveable Type, among others. Early reviews are starting to come in. No one says its not easy to use. InfoWorld gave it solid reviews, with reviewer saying he was able to launch a very professional looking site with full Drupal functionality in 1.5 days (that’s kinda scary for people used to having WP up and running in  like an hour). Blogger and heavy Drupal user Hugh Durkin said it was kind slow and unwieldy in the Acquia version.  What’s your take on Acquia? Let us know. We’re watching it very closely.

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