Wednesday, 20 July 2016 10:24

Acquia speeds up web development with Lightning

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The Boston-based open source company Acquia has launched Lightning, an easy-to-use version of its customised content management software which is built with Drupal as the base.

Drupal is free software developed originally by Belgian Dries Buytaert and released under the GNU General Public Licence. Acquia's CMS includes non-free components and it has been successful to the extent that is has powered roughly 12 per cent of all Drupal implementations.

Acquia Lightning can be used to serve as a starter kit for those who intend to build websites using Drupal 8.

It provides easy functionality for:

  • Drag-and-drop layout: Creating flexible, responsive layouts so everyone can be a site builder and create pages and experiences without developer intervention.
  • Media management: Create, upload, embed, and manage social media and digital assets.
  • Content workflow: Configure content workflows to streamline review and ensure editorial quality and add governance and control for publishing.
  • Experience preview: Conduct a comprehensive review before publishing content, campaigns, and cross-channel experiences.

Earlier this year, Acquia announced that it would provide US$500,000 to the Drupal community for building modules that extended the functionality of the CMS. Several Lightning modules have been developed under this programme.

A media release quoted Chris Stone, the company's chief product officer, as saying: "With Lightning, Acquia has done the work of providing a tightly integrated distribution that conforms to security best practices, enabling organisations to move faster in developing new applications on Drupal 8.

"Developers can create powerful, easy-to-use publishing tools for their editorial and content teams, with drag and drop layouts, media management, configurable workflows and preview capabilities that make digital experience delivery come together.

"Hundreds of sites are already using Acquia Lightning, and we estimate Lightning removes 20% of the time required for every new Drupal 8 development project."


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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