How to use Dev Desktop and Acquia Cloud to get Drupal sites up and running fast!

Greetings!

This week we're releasing 7 videos on getting a Drupal environment set up with the relatively new Acquia Dev Desktop 2, and how to take advantage of Acquia Could Free for hosting a live site. Even if you've been a BuildAModule user for a while and have a Drupal environment set up, you might enjoy taking a look at the streamlined workflow these tools provide for future projects.

We also go through the process of setting up SSH keys on Windows and Mac, something you'll find handy when using other third party tools as well.

Hopefully I'll be seeing some of you at BADCamp this week, perhaps at our 2-day Mentored Training, but if not, have an awesome week!

- Chris Shattuck

New! (FREE!) How and why to install Acquia Dev Desktop

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In this video, we walk through the steps of how to install Acquia Dev Desktop and point out a couple reasons why Dev Desktop makes sense as a tool for setting up your Drupal project on your local machine and in a live environment.

New! (FREE!) How to import a local Drupal site into Acquia Dev Desktop

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The first way we're going to install Drupal using Dev Desktop is through the import tool. This will let you use an offline copy of default Drupal or an existing Drupal site. This is the only method that works when completely disconnected from the internet.

New! (FREE!) How to install Drupal distributions or default Drupal from within Dev Desktop

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Another option for installing Drupal in Dev Desktop is by selecting one of the supported Drupal distributions and downloading it, including default Drupal. This saves a few steps in the process of downloading and setting up Drupal manually.

New! (FREE!) How to make a site live by pushing to Acquia Cloud Free

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Acquia provides a way to launch a development and staging site free through their Acquia Cloud service. In this video we take the site we set up locally and push it to the cloud.

New! (FREE!) How to generate a SSH key on a Mac and set it up with Acquia Cloud

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In order to complete the process of pushing a site to Acquia Cloud, we need to set up an SSH key. Here we walk through how to generate and set up the keys on Mac OSX.

New! (FREE!) How to generate a SSH key on Windows and set it up with Acquia Cloud

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In order to complete the process of pushing a site to Acquia Cloud, we need to set up an SSH key. Here we walk through how to generate and set up the keys on Windows.

New! (FREE!) How to create a Drupal site on Acquia Cloud Free and sync it with Dev Desktop to work locally

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In the last videos, we took a local Drupal site and pushed it to a live site on Acquia Cloud. In this video we go the other direction, creating a second Drupal site on Acquia Cloud and pulling it down into Dev Desktop.

Comments

Nice, hope you add how-tos on Drush and Composer

Some ideas on content to address for Dev Desktop with drush and composer:
I was just looking at how to install and use Drush with Acquia Dev Desktop. There are no docs that I can find at Acquia. The drush site recommends installing drush with composer. The composer site says you can install locally or globally, but not giving any recs on which is better. Back at the drush page, it says if you installed composer globally, run an arcane command (that doesn't work on Mac) to add a directory that doesn't exist yet:
sed -i '1i export PATH="$HOME/.composer/vendor/bin:$PATH"' $HOME/.bashrc
However, looking at the Dev Desktop folder, it looks like there already is composer installed (presumably a local install), which has been used to install drush.
So....would it be good to not install composer globally if using Dev Desktop? What is best practice run composer and drush with Dev Desktop?

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