Demo Framework with Acquia Dev Desktop

To get started, visit and grab the latest, greatest version of the software. Install it using the provided wizard.

Then open the Dev Desktop Control Panel and start the Acquia Drupal Stack.

Full disclosure, the Demo Framework is a big distribution and requires a memory boost. Open the "Settings..." tab and click on "Config"

Demo Framework also runs best on PHP 5.4+ so switch your default version to PHP 5.4.8

Demo Framework with Apache Ant

To start, copy the file to and configure the values to your specific environment.

Running ant with no targets will ensure that Drush is available, run drush make, and run drush site install. This gets you from 0 to full Demo Framework install in less than 10 minutes, running one command. Pretty cool.

Running ant drush-make will effectively rebuild your docroot using drush make.

Using as a project demo

Evaluate Drupal projects online

Target audience: Drupal project maintainers.

On Drupal project pages you might find a 'Try a demonstration' link to evaluate it. A good project demo is one where you can fiddle with the settings and for this you need to provide admin access in a temporary sandbox. This is where comes in handy by allowing anyone to create a temporary Drupal website with any module, theme or distribution.

Using Demo Framework Scenarios

Demo Framework Scenarios are Features modules that extend the Demo Framework distribution. The idea behind a scenario is that one simply turns on a Feature and has a specifically targeted demo site working out-of-the-box.


Web engagement management through content, community and commerce.

There are two ways to enable DFS WEM.

DFS WEM Manual Install

Visit Admin > Structure > Features and click on Demo Framework Scenarios. Check the box next to 'DFS WEM' and click Save Settings. This may take some time to load as DFS WEM is a rather large Feature. It is enabling content types, panels pages, user configurations and site variables. When it is finished, you will see a prompt stating: "DFS WEM: Enable Content" - click on the Enable Content link to install the demo content and users if you wish to use them. This will run a batch process and redirect you to the site's homepage.

DFS WEM Drush Install (recommended)

Using Drush is the recommended way to enable the DFS WEM Feature and import its demo content and users. Simply call the shell script included in the dfs_wem module folder to make this work automatically.
$ sh profiles/df/modules/dfs/dfs_wem/


Demo Framework

The Demo Framework is a distribution for Drupal that is intended to do a few things:

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