6 steps to a fancy custom taxonomy menu with term images

Posted on Jan 14, 2008

This tutorial will outline the steps to create and awesome looking taxonomy menu, using Imagecache, Taxonomy Image, Views, and some SQL. I will make this blog post the first one to be labeled ‘expert' in my skill level taxonomy, but that's really just there to look cool ;). I will explain the code step by step, and if afterwards, all 11 (!) lines of code make no sense at all, you can copy and paste the code.

Prerequisites:

  • A vocabulary with some terms
  • Imagecache
  • Taxonomy Image
  • Views
  • publipublic file system, this is needed for imagecache. However, there is an imagecache patch somewhere in the issue tracker that facilitates
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Drupal Howto: Adding a nifty metadata box to your nodes

Posted on Jan 8, 2008

In this tutorial, we will be adding a container with metadata about your node to our node template. To see what I mean, look at the bottom of this node page. Code snippet is plug-and-play, so you can plug it right into your custom theme, or one of my own Drupal themes.

The box in question can contain any node information we want, such as link information, to ensure the blogosphere can link to us effortlessly, or statistical data about our node (hits etc.).

For starters, we're going to add a simple container to our node that contains a html link, a BBcode link, and the trackback url of our node. Open up your node.tpl.php file, and add a new div element at the end:

<?php if ($page != 0) { ?>
<div class="metadata">
</div>
<?php } ?>...

Magento is coming

Posted on Jan 6, 2008

If you haven't heard of Magento yet, it's the new open source ecommerce platform that's going to blow ubercart and oscommerce out of the water! A stable version has not yet been released but yet their sourcecode has already been downloaded over 100,000 times. The stable 1.0 version is planned to be releaed in the first quarter of 08, so it won't be long until we see magento shops spawning allover the web. You can check out the demo here

Magento is also going to be integrated with Drupal...

It would be great if Magento and Drupal can be integrated beyond user sessions, and if their code is as good as the frontend I'm sure there are possibilities. Unfortunately they haven't published anything about drupal integration yet, as far as I know. I've seen their development team...

Drupal Adsense Trick #2: adblocks between teasers

Posted on Jan 4, 2008

This article is the sequel to my first drupal adsense article. This time we're going to put adsense blocks in between teasers, on for example our frontpage. Same as last time, this does not require any modules, nor does it depend on adsense, it works with any phptemplate-based theme and with all sorts of ad code.

For starters, we're going to create a new block region. If there is not a template.php file in your theme folder, create one and open it up. See if there is a block regions function, if there is, add a new block to it: 'betwteasers' => t('between teasers')

If you didn't find a block region function copy this code into your template.php file (this code should be in between <?php and ?> tags):

function yourtheme_regions() {
return array...

Introducing: Drupal Wallpaper Repository (2.OH!)

Posted on Dec 21, 2007

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Theming Drupal Comments, Exemplifying with Garland

Posted on Dec 4, 2007

Part 1 - enhancing the comment layout

When browsing the drupal showcase forum I notice that few people take the effort the theme the comments, which is strange because comments are not only a very popular feature, but also exceedingly easy to theme!. For this comment theming tutorial we're going to spice up the comment template of the default Garland theme with some additional styling and a date widget just like the one in my latest free drupal theme Delicious Fruit.

Before starting with this tutorial, open up the garland theme folder and open the comments.tpl.php file. Our first step, is...

Announcing All Drupal Themes: Drupals ally in providing free professional themes

Posted on Nov 25, 2007

With this blog post I'm launching my new website, sooperthemes.com . I made this site firstly, because I've heard many complaints about Drupal having comparatively very few goodlooking themes. The second reason for making this site is that I have used drupal and it's modules so much without being able to give much in return, as my php skills are not (yet) sufficient to write good standards-compliant modules.

Whats on sooperthemes.com now:

Whats coming up the coming 2-3 weeks:

  • plenty more tutorials, some more advanced theming topics probably
  • 2 more themes, a port of Delicious Fruit
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