I wanted to share some of the tips and tricks that I've picked up when starting to use . If you don't know Dev Cloud, its a Drupal specific web hosting system. As I wrote in my previous article about it, its a cool system and its working out well for us so far. If you are interested to use it, I think I can save you some time trying to figure out all the details.
In this part, I'll go over getting your site installed and restricting access to the development environments.
I have to admit that I love to tinker with things. When I started playing with Linux first about 10 years ago, I realized that here was a "toy" that I'd be able to enjoy for a long, long time. I've often worked on server configuration and always had a lot of fun making servers work for big sites.
That said, I took Acquia's Dev Cloud for a spin and really like it. No hassles, it really has to be the simplest high-traffic ready system I've ever used.
Unless you've made a multi-lingual site before, you'd never believe all the small issues that come up, for example that the target language has a few different translations for a single English term.
Views lets you set exposed filters so that visitors can choose what kind of content they want to see. However you'll quickly find that the default selection "<Any>" is untranslatable. Fortunately, there is an easy solution...
I recently needed to convert some audio files form a client into .flac format. Flac is digital audio file, like .mp3, except its an opensource format and its "lossless". Its very simple using command line tools in Linux to accomplish this.