10/14/2011 - 04:59

PretaLove.com is a start up business who specilizes in premium Prestashop modules and Prestashop themes. Although Prestashop is a shopping CMS itself, the PrestaLove team found it very hard to build a completed commerce website with membership features and many CMS functionalities.

With a team of geeks and limited budget from the begining, PrestaLove can not afford to develop a website from scratch. Instead, they have adopted one of our Drupal 7 themes, the ST Mizmar, to provide great looking website make use of many great Drupal modules. Therefore they can focus on developing products and launch their services to public in a short time. 

The new site is compatible with different devices from smart phones, tablets to laptops. This responsiveness feature is the key feature of our Symphony Drupal 7 themes. The point of displaying nicely in mobile devices plays a crucial role for any website to succeed in the upcoming time.

10/03/2011 - 00:18

As you already know, Drupal 7 had its debut on January this year. It has been 8 months until we can come up with the first Drupal 7 themes (ST Khen and ST Mizmar). I have faced many challenges such as lack of modules and a good base theme. Changing a Drupal platform requires a completed reboot of technology and thinkings.

Omega base theme

One crucial point of our Drupal 7 themes is mobile device supported. For Drupal 6, my headache was making the theme compliant to major browsers. Now the heachache is doubled since we still have to keep the theme look best in major browsers, we also have to make it look best in mobile devices. With the huge growth of hand held devices, mobile supported displaying will be soon a must for any websites. 

ST Mizmar, responsive Drupal 7 theme
An example of responsive layout

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09/15/2011 - 04:39

Websites are no longer viewed only on a desktop screens. More and more smartphones, tablets and netbooks are introduced to offer new and more convenient ways to access web content everywhere. In this article, Symphony Themes introduces two FREE Drupal 7 themes, Alphorn and Conch, which support display in various devices from smartphones, tablets to laptops and big screen computers.

In the Drupal Conference London 2011 last month, Tom Deryckere showed some figures of the mobile penetration on his session "Bridging gap between desktop and mobile publishing with Drupal": 

  • Facebook: 200M mobile users, 2x more active than Desktop users
  • Twitter mobile: 50% of total active users, 40% of all tweets.
  • Only 21% of Google's largest advertisers have a website that is optimized for mobile.

In fact, Morgan Stanley predicts at the current rate of change and adoption, mobile Web usage will surpass desktop Intern...

09/09/2011 - 03:15

You are an individual (or a group of individuals) who want to sell your intellectual products such as ebooks, softwares or any downloadable items. ST Mizmar is the best for you. Built with Drupal Commerce, Mizmar has modern design style and supports all shopping methods such as direct purchase or via AppStore. You no longer need a publisher to sell your products, you can sell it directly to end users by your own.

Drupal Commerce

Starting from this Mizmar theme, for Drupal 7 shopping themes, we will adopt Commerce module from Commerce Guys. Drupal Commerce is the logical successor of Ubercart with a new name and a new approach and it is the only e-commerce solution native for Drupal 7. Its features are:

  • The only native e-commerce framework for Drupal 7
  • Fully integrated with the Drupal 7 architecture, including Fieldable Entities, Views and Rules
  • Automated SimpleTest testing
  • Fully customizable checkout process
  • Dynamic, configurable product display
  • Compatible with multiple payment methods
  • Built in advanced back-office administration
  • 3rd party service integration
  • ...
09/08/2011 - 03:52

ST Nagara, one of our most wanted theme, inspired by the famous giant BBC has been converted to a responsive Drupal 7 theme.

New techniques

In this version, we have apply a new typography which makes the text more readable and the overall look cleaner. And ofcourse, the best part is responsiveness; the website layout responds to displaying devices.

Taking a block from the homepage for example. As you can see, in the large mode, the article images are located on the left and the article titles are on the right. In a more narrow display, the images and text would be too small if we keep this layout. Therefore, we enlarge the image to cover the whole space and push the titles below it.

 

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09/07/2011 - 03:57

ST Khen is our first completed Drupal 7 theme for travel companies and agencies. Named after a special musical instrument of a tribe in Northwest mountain in Vietnam, this theme has pre configured content which a tourist agent should have: "About" to introduce the company, "Tours" to display available tours, "Destinations" to highlight tourist attractions and "Blog" to post interesting articles.

Responsive

Responsive web design is a new concept introduced by A List Apart. In this article, Ethan Marcotte has emphasized:

We can design for an optimal viewing experience, but embed standards-based technologies into our designs to make them not only more flexible, but more adaptive to the media that renders them. In short, we need to practice responsive web design

ST Khen is the first theme from us which is responsive to devices that render it. In our world, there are many ways which an website is displayed, from a smart phone, a tablet to a laptop and a big screen computer. ST Khen theme checks the screen size of the displaying device sizes and responds to choose t...

08/11/2011 - 22:30

This project is a cooperation between Symphony Themes and ITFS (a local web development firm). Our Symphony team took care of the design part while ITFS was responsbile for the Drupal solution.

In this article, I will only mention about the design part.

About the customer

Exotic Voyages is a startup tourist team of committed people who have been in the tourism industry for almost 20 years. After a long time serving in the industry as a local partners of many US and Europe tourist agents, a group of specialists decided to establish a new business which aims at direct relationships with end-customers. Exotic Voyages offer customized trips to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand, luxury Indochina trips specialize in cultural visits, history, exploring spectacular landscape and natural wonders.

Design & Theming


Exotic Voyages homepage

Challenge: the client insisted that he...

08/02/2011 - 00:32

This theme could be the last Ubercart theme before we choose a different cart module for Drupal 7. Last but not least, the theme uses a large image slideshow to highlight luxury products. Images are bordered with shadow to make them deeper and more lively. Six color options are included giving you a wide range of choices.

Demo

See the demo here: Drupal Ubercart theme ST Igil demo

Features

Ecommerce shopping features Igil's theme feature
  • Shopping cart
  • Product management
  • Order management
  • Customer management
  • Category management
  • Coupon management
  • Wishlist
  • Product comments and ratings
  • Sales report
  • Payment integration
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict, CSS 2.0 Valid
  • 6 Regions
  • 6 Colors 
  • Menu options: CSS Menu
  • Install profile - install websit...