03/26/2012 - 22:49

This project is a joint work between Symphony Themes and Octopus Video a Drupal social video management platform.

Octopus is the web’s premier 100% open source video hosting and delivering platform. Based on the Drupal platform, Octopus offers services to video contents, providing support for video uploads, enabling you to convert to web-compatible formats for playback in Flash or HTML5, and it’s even compatible for playback on mobile devices like the iPhone, iPad, Android and other mobile setups, or share through social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.

Octopus provides the most thorough feature set of any video hosting and delivering platform. With such a feature-rich platform, any developer can easily manage everything from Video Podcasts to video blogging and much, much more.

Octopus runs on the Drupal platform with video module, developed by Heshan. It is hosted in Drupal.org at http://drupal.org/project/video, also maintained on Github at https://github.com/heidisoft/Octopus

A few months ago, we have worked with Octopus Video to produce the first theme for its...

03/06/2012 - 05:32

Last week many of our theme demonstration sites were not working. Users only saw a blank screen with "Fatal error" or "Warning messages". Thanks Hennie who reminded me about this issue.

The reason was our mistake when carrying out the Drupal update process. After update the Drupal core with the latest package Drupal 7.12, we forgot to run the /update.php script. That is quite amateur I know, sorry about that.

When you use our themes, we have include the Drupal core and contributed modules with our packages. When Drupal and those modules release new versions, you will need to update them. So I think it is good to provide a guideline for updating Drupal and Drupal modules because you will be frequently using it.

Drupal update guide

1. Backup

First, backup your Drupal site. Play it safe. If anything goes wrong, you do not lose anything.

  • Backup database: We include the backup_migrate module with the installation profile so it will be out-of-the-box for use. Just go to /admin/config/system/backup_migrate and hit "Backup now".
  • ...
01/30/2012 - 11:57

This is a repost from Tuthanh's blog, the founder of Symphony Themes. The original article is available at: http://tuthanh.com/blog/be-proud-when-you-are-small

What do you think when your team is down from 10+ to 2? Move from a 100m2 office full of office equipments to a 20m2 simple one?

I started the 2011 year with a large office, a team of 10 staffs including developers, designers and an accountant, chasing a dream of becoming a large technology company with different cool products. After a year, I have 2 permanent staffs including me, moved to a much smaller office and focus on one or two projects only.

Many people call it a setback. I call it an advantage.

In these recent weeks, I still wonder can I continue this stuff for long. In everybody's mind, you look great when you have more people. When people ask you about your company size, I reply "20-30 staffs", they often say "Wow, great". Now I say "2 staffs", they say something to show their politeness.

And when I read the 37signal's book "Rework", it eases my mind. It said:

"Don't be insecure about aiming to be a small business. Anyone who runs a business that's sustainable and profitable, whether it's big or small, should be proud."

Yes, why...

01/25/2012 - 22:36

ST Shamisen is our complete Drupal 7 photography theme. Designed with the usability in mind, we provide photographers with neccessary tools: a blog to write articles, a gallery section to post photos, social network icons, a block to advertise for their products such as photography courses or selling books. The blog section is one of the mosting highlighted parts of the website with eye catching design.

Demonstration

See the demo here: Drupal theme ST Shamisen demo

ST Shamisen demo

Features

Here are Shamisen's feature:

  • Drupal 7.x
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict, CSS 2.0 Valid
  • 6 Regions
  • 6 Colors
  • Install profile - install website with just few clicks
  • Customize using Theme Settings
  • Professional Typography
  • SEO tools: autopath, meta tag, Google Analytics, page title.
  • Manage unlimited photos and...
01/10/2012 - 23:54

Although I am fairly confortable with using the plain editor to write HTML code, most of my customers aren't. They do not have technical background and feel difficulty just to look at a buch of opening and closing tags. WYSIWYG comes in handy here to provide an easy to use solution for non tech guys.

In my experiences, there are two things that most of my customers concern: "an editor with enough menu buttons" and "a tool to upload image". So when I see a Drupal 7 sites without them, the first thing in my mind is to get them installed.

On Drupal 6, my choice for the WYSIWYG editor is FCKEditor. CKEditor is the successor of FCK with better visual and functionality and it works well with Drupal 7. IMCE is a great tool for users to upload files. In the following sections, I will describe how to install and tune CKEditor and IMCE. 

Installing CKEditor

CKEditor is not a separate module in Drupal 7. You have to install the WYSIWYG module and then install CKEditor as its library.

  1. Download WYSIWYG at...
01/06/2012 - 02:43

Androidshop.vn is a startup business which sells Android devices such as Android TV box, smartphones and tablets. In searching for a quick but good quality solution, they adopted ST Quena as a good start to build their website.

Androidshop homepage screenshot

ST Quena with its contrast color scheme, is very suitable for websites which sell high tech devices. Our team has helped Androidshop.vn to set up the site, change color theme and design a homepage banner. Everything else is easily managed by the site owner.

The modern product list allows best view of product short description, image, price and overall rating.

At the end, the website looks cool and professional enough for starting a bus...

12/26/2011 - 09:27

This ST Nohkan theme is suitable for cosmetics store. The color scheme includes natural colors and powder color which inspire you about healthy products and our bodies. The theme comes with 3 colors and fits to any mobile device screens, thanks to the power of Drupal 7 themes.

Demonstration

See the demo here: Drupal theme ST Nohkan demo

ST Nohkan demo

Features

Here are Nohkan's feature:

  • Drupal 7.x responsive with Commerce.
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict, CSS 2.0 Valid
  • 8 Regions
  • 3 Colors 
  • Install profile - install website with just few clicks
  • Customize using Theme Settings
  • Professional Typography
  • SEO tools: autopath, meta tag, Google Analytics, page title.
  • ...
12/07/2011 - 23:28

ST Rebec is indeed a very clear and sharpe looking theme. Using light decoration, gray text description to highlight the product images, Rebec can be a very good choice for your sport store. It comes with 6 colors and compatible with 5 different displaying screen.

Demonstration

See the demo here: Drupal theme ST Rebec demo

ST Rebec demo

Features

Here are Rebec's feature:

  • Drupal 7.x responsive with Commerce.
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict, CSS 2.0 Valid
  • 7 Regions
  • 6 Colors 
  • Install profile - install website with just few clicks
  • Customize using Theme Settings
  • Professional Typography

Purchase and Download

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