Acquia Releases Hosted Version of Drupal with Social Intent
For now, Drupal Gardens will be free of charge. Starting next year, Acquia expects to maintain a free “tier” for smaller sites but will create paid tiers for larger sites and users who want access to “premium” features. The company said it sent invites to those who signed up recently at DrupalCon Paris to be “beta testers,” and that it could send “a couple thousand more” over the next few weeks.Click here to sign up to become a Drupal Gardens tester. Acquia, a commercial software company that provides technical support for the Drupal open source content management system, has released in private beta a hosted version of the CMS called Drupal Gardens.According to Acquia, the Drupal Gardens is a hosted version of Drupal so users won’t need to install, host or upgrade the service. Acquia said Drupal Gardens can be utilized by organizations that want to build Web sites that have a strong focus on community. Drupal Gardens is equipped with multi-user blogging, commenting, forums, custom content types and advanced user management tools.“Architecturally, Drupal Gardens is built on the ideas of an open social Web; we markup data with RDFa, we implemented single-sign on using OpenID as our identity layer, we integrate with third-party services, and we allow people to export the code, the theme and data that makes up their site,” Acquia wrote in a recent blog. “We’ll be sharing more technical details as we make progress, but we like to believe it will be a hosted service ‘done right.’”See a video demo of Drupal Gardens below.