27
Dec 2010
tuthanh | 15 Comments

Alot questions you may think about now:

  • Are you kidding? I know Drupal is great, but it is hard to learn.
  • 7 hours to master Drupal is a joke
  • No way! Bullshit! *&^*#^&% and so on

First thing to say, we can NOT be a Drupal developer to build great Drupal sites in 7 hours. That is just impossible!

I am not a Drupal developer. I am just a Drupal beginner. I know some HTML syntax, some hosting operations, I can't even write PHP code. That's why I found difficult when I first learnt Drupal. It was a long way to get to the point when I can actually show a Drupal site to my friends. What I wished at that time is, if someone could build a completed site for me, I can change my logos, write some stuffs about myself, customize it a little bit then off we go, this is my Drupal site. 

During a couple of years working with my Symphony team, I still want to build a Drupal package, that a beginner like me, can actually launch a Drupal site in less than a day...

17
Jul 2010
admin | 9 Comments

Drupal ImageCache is a powerful Drupal module that helps you resize and crop images. You can use ImageCache with uploaded images, user profile pictures and a content type with CCK and ImageField. This article is to show you how to use ImageCache in Drupal.

Why using ImageCache? Obviously, to make your website look good. Suppose I create a view for a list of my blog entries. I will need all thumbnail images of those entries to have the same size, or at least the same width, so my blog does not look messy. To set the same format for those thumbnails, I use the Drupal ImageCache module.

Create a preset for images

The first step is to create a preset. When you want different formats for different content, for example, thumbnails images and user profile pictures, you need to create different presets.  

  1. Go to Administer -> Site Building -> Image cache.
  2. Label a new namespace preset: for example "blog" and click on the 'Create preset' button.
  3. Choose an action: scale, resize, or c...
28
Jun 2010
admin | 2 Comments

In the previous blog post, we have introduced some basic concepts of Taxonomy in Drupal. Now we will extend this topic to Taxonomy in Menus and Views.

Using terms in menus

Sometimes you want your navigation menu to display terms that you have created. Like this Symphony website, I created a term called "Theme", because this is a Drupal theme website. So I need to put this term to my main menu.

The menus on your site can call for items that match specific taxonomy terms, ie, terms you've named your categories. When you create a new term, Drupal assigns it a number. To see your term's number, hover over your term's name in the list terms. You'll see the number.

To create a taxonomy menu item

  1. On the menus page, select add item, and fill taxonomy/term/1 in the path field.
  2. If the term "sonatas" is term 1, this would call for all the nodes of that category....
23
Jun 2010
admin | 1 Comments

Taxonomy is one of the best features that make Drupal superior than many other CMSs. This is article, we will introduce basic concepts of taxonomy in Drupal.

For new Drupal users, Drupal's Taxonomy is difficult to understand at first. But it doesn't have to be. “When all the fancy language is stripped away, Taxonomy is about one thing: organizing your site by attaching descriptive terms to each piece of content”.

Taxonomoy: Vocabulary and Term

In Drupal, Taxonomy is a method that administrators use to organize website content. You can set up a taxonomy that allows users to add terms (also known as tags or metadata) to content. Taxonomy is created from 'Vocabularies' that contain related 'Terms'. A vocabulary is a set of terms and terms are just another word for categories.

Each category group, or vocabulary, can contain multiple category entries, or terms, for tagging content. For...

27
May 2010
admin | 3 Comments

There are many reasons to integrate your Drupal site with Google map (GMap). You can create a business directory with company contacts and locations, or a list of local restaurants with directions. Good news is that it can be achieved using Gmap and Location Drupal modules. And we will show you how to use Gmap and Location modules in Drupal in this article.

Demo of GMap in a Drupal site

Let's take our Drupal theme ST Pipe as an example. Basically it is a restaurant review website. It shows restaurant information such as images, contact details and a Gmap block to show directions to the location. Very nice way to make the content more appealing to users.

Drupal Gmap and Drupal Direction in ST Pipe
Restaurant detail page with GMap

The following section is how we implement this feature in Drupal.

How to use Drupal Gmap and Location modules

  1. Download Drupal GMap and...