11/11/2013 - 11:37

This post is no relating to Drupal or any topics that we used to publish on this blog. It is about helping the Philippines over the Typoon Haiyan.

Our neigbour, Philippine was strucked by the fierest typoon of the century Haiyan. The typoon also hit our country Vietnam. We are fortunate to get a much weaken storm, but not the Philippines. Possibly more than 10'000 people are killed. After the storm, life is described as worse than hell. No electricity, no food, no water. People are struggling to survive hour by hour.

So please give them a hand and pray them to get over this disaster as soon as possible. Please donate via and spread your words:


09/25/2013 - 02:39

ST Octoban is a clean, modern and responsive Drupal theme. Developed by Symphony Themes, a 6 year experience Drupal theme provider, it is guaranteed to comply to all Drupal standards and best practices. It is super flexible that you can change layout and colors from backend: 12 predefined colors and 2 layout styles. More styles and functions are added regularly without an upgrade charge.

ST Quatro layout

ST Octoban layout

1. Mobile Responsive

ST Octoban on mobiles

The theme is responsive to any devices, from big screen computers, laptops to tablets and mobiles. It offers the most friendly experiences to our visitors and customers.

2. Portolio Options

ST Octoban Portfolio Options

Multiple choices for Portfolio: Grid (2 styles), Classic (4 styles), Text (4 styles), Sidebar...

08/13/2013 - 04:24

If you suddenly find out no customers are reaching to you for weeks, will you be paranoid?

Drupal, like many other CMS, do not send mails by itself. By default, it calls the PHP sendmail() function and the rest of the job is taken care by your hosting server. When it functions like expected, there is no need to worry.

One day, I realized that I had not received any emails from my customers using the contact form on my Drupal website. It happended for a couple of weeks. At the result, I lost money. Customers could not contact me so they went away.

I worked with my hosting provider to investigate the problem, and there are two possible reasons:

  1. The sendmail() function is not working properly
  2. The server is marked as spamming. Other websites on the same s...
07/30/2013 - 03:16

I have recently monitored a client website in Drupal 7. It was spammed by commenting with spam links. Although I deleted about 600M of spam comments, all of them have been crawled and indexed by search engine bots. At the result, there are quite traffic coming to this site looking for non existing content.

At a peak time, the VPS RAM has been used upto its limit of 2 Gigabyte. The website became very slow. Apparently, responding to those removed spamming content (404 - Page not found) has eaten up alot of the server resource. So I need to find a solution to minimize memory usage for those useless requests.

The problem is, Drupal has expensive 404 errors. When serving a 404 page, Drupal stills do a full "bootstrap", loading all modules, settings, querying d...

06/20/2013 - 04:06

Do you love Pinterest? Do you want to showcases your photos like Pinterest? Here comes ST Kanjira, our Drupal photography theme. Using Drupal Masonry module, this theme displays your beautiful photos like Pinterest grids, which is perfect for viewers' eyes. Also, an additional style of Galleria slideshow  is also included so you can switch styles in any time. The theme is responsive for mobile viewing and available in 8 colors.

1. Pinterest Grid Layout

ST Kanjira Pinterest layout

ST Kanjira Pinterest style

Using Drupal Masonry, this theme layouts your photos in the Pinterest grid style. Scroll your mouse and more photos will be loaded automatically.

2. Galleria Slideshow Layout

ST Kanjira Galleria layout

A second option for gallery display is Galleria slideshow. This effect is highly rated in anthoner Drupal photography theme ST Viola. When we build this theme, we also include it.

3. Built in Blog feature

05/24/2013 - 03:52

ST Danso is the first ever premium Drupal theme which supports Commerce Kickstart out-of-the-box. It means that you can enjoy both the feature rich awesomeness of Kickstart 2 and the new fresh look of the theme. Inspired by Amazon, ST Danso has a very clean and clear layout, flexible drop down menu, 8 color choices and detail documentation. The package also includes exported features so you can build your site from a standard Kickstart package or from an existing Drupal site.

1. Theme preview

ST Danso layout

ST Danso layout

2. Support Commerce Kickstart 2

Commerce Kickstart logoCommerce Kickstart is Drupal Commerce packed with features that make it more complete, faster to launch, and easier to administer. Kickstart 2 by far is the most advanced package for Drupal Commerce. In my personal opinion, it is the most promising shopping software that can come close to Magento.

ST Danso is built with Kickstart 2. It has all features of Kickstart 2, plus a beautiful Drupal theme.

3. Responsiv...

05/23/2013 - 05:41

This organization theme was inspired by my talk with Kim McCluskey, the founder of SunInMyHeart.com, a charity fund. During his trip to Halong Bay, I have heard about what he did for SunInMyHeart to help orphanage children. So after the trip, I created this theme for organization and non profit purposes. 

If you are interested in using this theme for your charity funds, please feel free to ask me and I will send you the package free-of-charge.

We have received many requests to download this theme. As we believe the use of this theme for your websites will bring alot of benefits to other people, especially for charity purposes, we have converted this theme to Drupal 7 and provide it free of charge. No more asking, just go to the theme page and click on the Download tab, you will be able to get it.

This theme is now hosted on Drupal.org: http://drupal.org/project/fiddle


See the demo here: Drupal theme ST Fiddle demo

Drupal theme ST Fiddle demo - Mobile screen   Drupal theme ST Fiddle demo - Tablet screen

04/25/2013 - 03:27

Slideshow is one of the most essential part of a website. It is basically the first thing that attracts your eyes when you visit a website. It is large enough and it has many cool transition effects that you can't help take a look at it. Having a long time working with Drupal, I collect and present in this article some of the best Drupal slideshow modules.

There are alot of Drupal slideshow modules, however, I only pick the modules which are in high usage, under active development and support Drupal 7. I downloaded and tested them all to see what are pros and cons of each module.

Now these are 12 best Drupal slideshow modules in my opinion: 

1. Flex Slider

flex slider drupal

Flex Slide becomes my "no brainer" choice for the slideshow module that I installed defaultly on all themes and web projects. It looks similar to Views slideshow, but it is far more advanced, it supports finger touch in mobile displays. Using this module, you can swift to change slides by your fingers when you see it on a mobil...