The Red Press of Drupal

A couple of weeks ago Acquia, the Red Hat of Drupal, reached out to fellow CMS founder, Matt Mullenweg of WordPress, to see if he would consider switching to Drupal. As luck would have it, this was enticing to Matt. He has long understood the value of the Drupal community and has been looking for ways to leverage our community to make WordPress even better. When Acquia suggested switching to Drupal, it dawned on Matt that this was certainly the easiest way to integrate with Drupal without irritating his webmaster.

"I have always wanted to be part of the Drupal community, where technical expertise is sought after to create some of the most advanced websites. This move demonstrates the synergy between WordPress and Drupal without the possibility of function name conflicts." - Matt Mullenweg

We, at Acquia, couldn't be more excited to have Matt and the Automattic team on board, because some things are just better together ... like e-mail and spam filters.

Several months ago I started working with some of our top developers to try to come up with a practical integration strategy between Drupal and WordPress. We had been struggling with this for some time when webchick said jokingly: "It would be a lot easier if they would just use Drupal instead".

To be honest, I felt a bit silly even talking to Matt about using Drupal, but I didn't know at the time that he had been struggling with exactly the same goal and the same problems. webchick's inadvertent idea has ushered in new possibilities for innovation and frankly this is such a fundamental change for us I can't even imagine the world as it was before.

I am very excited about this collaboration. WordPress and Drupal form a killer combination that can't be beat in today's CMS market. I can hardly wait for the WordPress developers to get their accounts set up, so we can work together in ways that were never possible before. I also suggested xjm to setup extra "WordPress tables" at the DrupalCon Portland code sprint.

A new Drupal module has been created to ease the transition. The "WordPress_iframe" module will be available on soon. It facilitates a rapid integration of existing WordPress sites into their Drupal counterparts. We are excited about the debut of this new module because it embodies the Drupal community's open acceptance of this partnership while it allows us to roll out literally millions of these new Drupal/WordPress sites over the coming weeks.

As part of the agreement, Matt didn't want to completely move away from the WordPress branding, so we have incorporated it into Acquia's logo. Phonetically Acquia is pronounced ah-kwee-uh, so we've swapped out our Q for the well-known WordPress "W". The name is still pronounced "ah-kwee-uh" but will now be spelled "Acwuia". This visually puts WordPress right in the center of our logo - exactly where it belongs. This is WordPress, powered by Drupal.

Red press of drupal logo

We are very proud of this partnership and look forward to serving many more customers as a result. You can expect many more great things from Acwuia coming soon.

Matt, your Red Press of Drupal t-shirt is on the way. Let's stand together as brothers, united in Drupal!

Red press of drupal tshirt


SirFiChi (not verified):

Very Great.
We, the german communitys, working together, hand in hand, with the other open source content mangament systems and built the CMS-Garden. So we stand at the CeBIT 2013, and will stay on LinuxDay Berlin and the FrOSCon in Sankt Augustin, to present our Systems.
Now its easier to argue against the other systems, because Drupal and Wordpress raise the voices...
Hope you send us T-Shirts and merchandising articles for the events... ;)
So, I have to smile the rest of the day, about your post and sing the the song "Drupress, Drupress, Drupress, Drupress ,Druuuuupressssss...." =D

April 01, 2013
Niels van Mourik (not verified):

This is fantastic news, something we have all been waiting for, for years!!

April 01, 2013
Baris Wanschers (not verified):

That's great news Dries. Congrats! Do we also get a Wuplicon now?

By the way; my company just switched it's name from LimoenGroen (LimeGreen) to RadijsRood (RadishRed) as of today. Can't be better timed now that the Acquia logo has become red too! See:…

April 01, 2013
Mike (not verified):

Well played Dries, well played indeed ;-)

April 01, 2013
Vaibhav Jain (not verified):

Nice try for a April Fool's prank Dries. I am sure this is never going to happen, and its better if it does not.

April 01, 2013
just-passin-thru (not verified):

Really? Alex, "sense of humor" for $100...

April 01, 2013
Steven (not verified):

The looking glass reminds me of a glass ball, long time ago.

April 01, 2013
nikkiana (not verified):

Happy April Fools Day, Dries. ;)

April 01, 2013
Steven (not verified):

Oh, btw, you had me about for 1 minute ...

April 01, 2013
steeph (not verified):

Don't play with my feelings like that. That's not funny.

Well, actually, it is. A slower beginning would have got me longer though.

April 01, 2013
Peter Macinkovic (not verified):

This made my day, nicely played Dries.

April 01, 2013
Dan Hall (not verified):

wow! red hat, acquia, wordpress AND drupal all merging into 1 integrated multi-framed solution. Makes perfect sense... you would have to be a fool to not know how great this will be.

April 01, 2013
Erwin (not verified):

Great news. Put it on YouTube before it is too late.

April 01, 2013
DougVann (not verified):

YES! This is just what we need!
I didn't have the guts to move my blog to WP even after Phase2 moved their corporate site to Drupal.
I know that many of us have wanted to stop using Drupal for our blogs but we've been a slave to this whole "Eat your own dog food" mentality. I mean, seriously... Who doesn't want to eat some one else's dog food? ;-)
It certainly seems like now we can move our sites to WP with little to no fear of community backlash! How long will it be before the Drupal Planet is majority filled with WP blogs?


Doug Vann [Drupal Trainer, Consultant, Developer] [not a WP site .... yet?]

April 01, 2013
Lars Bjerregaard (not verified):

Nice one Dries ;-)

April 01, 2013
Mike Goodwin (not verified):

Hilarious. FYI...I don't know if it's just me, but the bottom half of the last image is just a gray box for me...or maybe that's a joke that I don't get.

April 01, 2013
Chris (not verified):

This is so exciting! Does this mean you'll be hiring more people? I still haven't heard back on my application for BlueMarine Synergistics.

April 01, 2013
Irk (not verified):

I've long wondered how I could expand my market and skillset by developing for Wordpress while still getting paid at a Drupal rate. This solves all my problems!

April 01, 2013
stefaan (not verified):

You seem to have lost some weight.

April 01, 2013
Paw Nicolaisen (not verified):

Great and informative post.. I'm new at Drupal, so I try to get as much information as possible. Do you know a good website with tutorials ?

April 01, 2013
Kathy (not verified):

omg. forgot it was 4/1 and totally fell for it. my daughter came running in to my office to see what I was yelling about. i think i need a break. ugh. that makes me a geek AND a doofus today. (I'm am coming out with my story so that if by chance there is another geek doofus out there, they don't feel alone!)

April 01, 2013
tanay sai (not verified):

I remember an old saying - "Use Wordpress if you are building a blog. Use Drupal if you are building (a) Wordpress"

It stands very true.

While Drupal continues to be used increasingly used for enterprise applications, Wordpress has been doing more good than being by being an abused tool in the hands of the mediocre.

Majority of those Made-For-Adsense low-quality sites with plagiarised content are built with WP.
4 out of every 5 Scam sites out there with a video promising 500000% ROI by purchasing their Adsense secrets - built with WP.

WP, in every way, has done more harm to the internet than good - except that it allowed old women and homemakers to run their own recipe blogs on $2 webhosts, while Drupal continues to be the chosen one for the sapiosexual community.

April 01, 2013
SirFiChi (not verified):

i wrote it on the frontpage of the german drupal-community-page. So it was a nice draft.

Some members believed it, so it was a success.
THX =)

April 01, 2013

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