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Easily Add Color Support To A Drupal Theme With DesignKit

Adding color support to a Drupal theme allows site owners/administrators to modify the theme's color scheme directly from a settings page, rather than having to edit any CSS.

Drupal color schemes

I'm currently assessing color integration options for Neptune and have found DesignKit to be a quick, easy, and flexible alternative to direct color module itegration (as used by Garland and Bartik). On the flip side, there are a couple of caveats (see below).

This tutorial will focus on implementing basic color configuration, although DesignKit also supports image configuration and more advanced color configuration (including color blending/shifting).

Neptune - A New Zen Sub-theme

Neptune Drupal theme

A couple of weeks ago now I released the 1.0 version of Neptune, a new Zen 7.x-5.x sub-theme. Since then I've fixed and added a number of bits and today created a recommended 1.1 release. You can see the theme in action at the demo site.

Key features include:

  • Responsive design
  • HTML5 based
  • Sass/Compass integration
  • Single or multi-column layout
  • Configurable max width
  • Mobile friendly mini nav
  • Google web fonts (Montserrat for titles and Istok Web for all other text)
  • Dynamically generated triangle design

My Drupal Blog - Case Study (Upgrade, Redesign, HTML5, Responsive)

I recently upgraded My Drupal Blog from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 and implemented a newly designed and HTML5 based responsive theme.

My Drupal Blog home page

This case study details the processes involved.

Embed Drupal Views Using PHP

When theming Drupal and wanting to output a view there are occasions where using a view display (e.g. a page, or a block - perhaps placed within a custom region ;-) ), or using Views Attach will not suffice.

Instead, you can embed a view using the following PHP snippet:
(NOTE: you'll need to have the core PHP input filter enabled if embedding in a node body)

= views_get_view('VIEWNAME');

or, if you need to use an argument with the view:

= array(ARGUMENTS);
$view = views_get_view('VIEWNAME');
$view->preview('default', $args);

Help Test The New Drupal.org Theme

Just passing along this call for testing of the new Drupal.org theme - How to verify Mark Bolton’s mockups against the staging site - which I saw in my feed reader this morning. Seems like readers of this blog would be the perfect candidates :)

Drupal Theming + jQuery Basics (inc. Drupal Behaviors)

In this tutorial you'll see how to implement a toggling effect using jQuery within your Drupal theme whilst utilising Drupal behaviors.

The finished effect can be seen in this Drupal jQuery demo.

The toggle is achieved via a two-step process:

  • Step 1 - add content and markup to a node
  • Step 2 - implement jQuery, utilising Drupal behaviors, which will enable the toggling to work

Truncate A Drupal View Node Title


It appears that I missed the very obvious solution to this problem (!) which, as pointed out by a couple of commenters, is to use the ‘Trim this field to a maximum length’ option within the settings for the node title field.

I’ll leave this post in place as I think it still serves as a useful guide on how to create template override files for views, but please be advised that for implementing truncation of a views node title it is easier to:

  • navigate to the view's 'Edit view viewname' page (/admin/build/views/edit/viewname) and click the ‘Node: Title' link
    Truncate Drupal view node title
  • check the ‘Trim this field to a maximum length’ checkbox, and adjust the settings as required
    Truncate Drupal view node title

Creating Custom Regions In Drupal 6 Themes

Previously, I covered the topic of creating custom regions in Drupal 5 themes. However, Drupal 6 introduced a new process for creating custom regions in themes and it is still one of the topics people ask about most frequently.

So, here's a tutorial on how to create custom regions in your Drupal 6 themes. In this example I will use the Garland theme, and insert a new region called 'Uber content', which I'll position above everything in the main content area.

Custom Drupal 6 theme region

It's basically a two-step process:

  • step 1 - define the custom region in your theme's .info file
  • step 2 - insert some PHP in your theme's page.tpl.php file wherever you would like the new region to appear

Using PHP In Your Drupal Theme's Footer

The problem:
Drupal’s default 'Footer message' area (to which you can add content via the admin section - Administer > Site configuration > Site information) will not parse PHP.

If, for example, you add a copyright message to your footer message area such as "© Copyright 2009" it'll be fine until the New Year begins and you have to go in and manually change it to "© Copyright 2010". So, instead, it would be great if you could handle the date dynamically using the following PHP code (see http://php.net/date for further PHP date details):

© Copyright <?php echo date('Y'); ?>

However, try adding that to the default 'Footer message' area and it will simply output the entirety of the code as text, ignoring the PHP tags.

No PHP in a Drupal footer message

So, what to do?

Solution 1:
Create a block (admin/build/block/add) containing the code, set its input format to PHP, and then place that block in the footer region via the main blocks settings page (admin/build/block). Crazy simple.