It's really a shame. Drupal Gardens has announced to its users that it's shutting down completely on August 1, and users need to move away from the service before it disappears.
It's a shame because Drupal Gardens was the only low-cost way to run a Drupal site with somebody else handling maintenance for you.
But it's not really a surprise.
Its name is Watney. Watney lives in Matrix. Watney is a bot I created about 6 months ago to start helping us with various tasks we need to do in our business.
Watney patiently waits for requests in a bunch of chat rooms we use for internal communications about each website we manage, each project we work on. Watney does a bunch of helpful things already, even though it is still really basic -- it fetches login links for us, helps us assemble release notes for each release we do to a production site, reminds us when it's time to do a release, and kicks off various automation jobs.
The audio quality isn't the best, but the talk I gave yesterday at LinuxFest Northwest is already up on YouTube! You can watch it here...
How quick do pages on your site load? How quick should they load? How do you make pages load quicker?
Why should you care?
The speed of pages loading on websites is often overlooked in web projects, and can be a major difference between two sites that otherwise look the same. Let's start with why you should care -- or rather, when you should care.
Drupal 8 has been out for 2 months now, and there's never been a better time to choose Drupal for your website platform. Here are 8 reasons why!
We're digging into our first dry-run migrations from Drupal 6 to Drupal 8, and learning a lot about what's ready and what's not. And there's some surprises in there...
I'm sure many of you reading this may have heard that Drupal 8 has been released, may have even received some marketing emails.
Today marks the release of Drupal 8, and the birthday of its founder, Dries Buytaert. This release is more than just a new digit, it's an entirely new platform with something for everyone to love, but it's particularly big for web site owners.
What's the big deal? The biggest, most powerful, one of the most successful open source projects in the world has two major, fundamental changes that change everything you thought you knew about it.
Well, not everything. Lots of the things that people love about Drupal are getting some nice improvements:
Here are the slides from my 2015 Drupal Summit talk, Quality Drupal DevOps!
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