Drupal Gardens: A Critical Review of the First Bloom

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In 2009, Drupal Gardens announced Acquia's "Drupal-as-a-service" offering, based on pre-released Drupal 7 code. Acquia, the main commercial company behind Drupal, is planning to release the service officially later in 2010, with options ranging from free (ad-supported) services, to $19.95 a month, through $39.95 a month for the most comprehensive package.


Two important questions have emerged around Gardens:

1. Is it oriented more towards simpler use cases like blogging, or more complex services that make up traditional websites and community platforms?

2. Does it target Drupal novices, experts, or neither?