Up to 20% Faster: Acquia Lightning Speeds Up Drupal 8 Development Cycles


Acquia, the Drupal digital experience company trusted by the BBC and Australian government, has announced the launch of Acquia Lightning, a free and open source distribution of Drupal that accelerates Drupal 8 development and makes it easy for non-technical users to manage experiences.

The Acquia Lightning distribution is available on Acquia Cloud Free, where developers can start building with Drupal 8 today. It makes it easy for organizations to get started fast with Drupal 8, shaving weeks or months off development projects.

Jill Moraca, manager of Web Development Services in the Office of Information Technology at Princeton University, which participated in the beta trial of Acquia Lightning.

“Lightning solves problems that would otherwise slow the development of content-rich websites on Drupal.

I like that we can now focus less on overcoming technology hurdles and more on client needs. Using Lightning makes getting started on new web development projects faster and easier. Our developers and content creators are excited about the future of Lightning.”

Up to 20% Faster

Acquia Lightning is built to bring about enterprise-scale delivery of digital experiences.

Lightning helps organizations quickly build and customize four key components of digital experience delivery that all marketing and editorial teams require:

  • Drag-and-drop Layout: Create 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

Chris Stone, chief product officer at Acquia, is hopeful that Lightning will help brands to deliver their digital experiences at a faster rate:

“With Lightning, Acquia has done the work of providing a tightly integrated distribution that conforms to security best practices, enabling organizations 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 percent of the time required for every new Drupal 8 development project.”

Get Started With Acquia Lightning For Free

Lightning is available on the Acquia Cloud Free plan so you can get started today. Acquia Lightning is also available for download from Drupal.org, GitHub, or as part of a Composer-based installer.

There is also a recorded webinar available entitled, “Lightning Distribution for Drupal,” co-presented by Acquia's John Kennedy and Adam Balsam.

The press release for this story can be found here.