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Date-boosting Solr / Drupal search results

Wednesday, 28 December 2011 08:59

By replacing Drupal's core search with Solr, it's possible to gain very fine control of the results. Not only is Solr very flexble, but the apachesolr module is generous with its hooks. One potential use is boosting the score based on dates, so that recent documents receive a higher relevancy score. We've used this for a ticket calendar to help visitors find upcoming events.

Drupal Deployment with Git Submodules

Wednesday, 28 December 2011 08:57

I've been using git submodules for Drupal site deployment for quite awhile now, and I wanted to share my experience (for good and bad) with others who might be interested in using submodules (and to solicit comments from those who know how to do it better).

As the year draws to a close we thought it would be appropriate to look back at an exciting year in for Drupal modules, and to list our top 5 Drupal modules of 2011. To qualify for the list the module had to have it's first release in 2011, and have a Drupal 7 version - other than that, anything goes.

Our top Drupal modules of 2011

Tuesday, 27 December 2011 03:19

As the year draws to a close we thought it would be appropriate to look back at an exciting year in for Drupal modules, and to list our top 5 Drupal modules of 2011. To qualify for the list the module had to have it's first release in 2011, and have a Drupal 7 version - other than that, anything goes.

Responsible Responsive Drupal Themes

Tuesday, 27 December 2011 03:15

After being introduced to the concept of responsive web theming, I took to it like a duck in water. I was pleased with the well documented contributed Drupal base theme, Omega based on the 960.gs grid. This amazing framework provides a plethora amount of configurable options, scalability and an overall sense of structure. I will not be covering any technical space-talk or how to configure Omega in this blog. If you would like to learn more about Omega, please visit the following site for more information:http://omega.developmentgeeks.com.

University of California - San Francisco launches a new website for the School of Dentistry. The new website puts the users first and focuses on ease of use, direct access to more relevant information and a content management system (Drupal) that simplifies updates. Some of the more complex features include:

Is Drupal Good for Design? What do you think?

Thursday, 22 December 2011 01:55

Drupal has a reputation for being strong in functionality and having a strong community, but weak when it comes to design. In deciding which cms to use, it is important to make the right decision, especially when considering design features. The following will cover how strong Drupal is from a design perspective and how to improve design if you are using Drupal.

10 Drupal Administration Themes

Friday, 25 November 2011 10:41

Administration themes


RootCandy is a 3 column fluid or fixed layouts theme focused on administration section.

  • Supports node/add /edit pages
  • Re-colorable, Icons, Sliding region
  • Top navigation by role
  • Simple dashboard
  • Rootcandy dark sub-theme

21 Fresh & Stunning Drupal Themes

Friday, 25 November 2011 10:40

A while ago I published an article with 25 beautiful Drupal themes which become the most popular post on this blog ever. Since that time, tons of new Drupal themes have been published, so I decided to list another 25 new and beautiful Drupal themes.  Each theme has a link to its Drupal.org project page, a live demo link, and a basic description.

25 beautiful Drupal themes

Friday, 25 November 2011 10:36

From many sides I hear that Drupal sites and themes are ugly, which is partly true, but I took a closer look at Drupal.org themes and handpicked 25 best designed Drupal 6 themes, to prove that Drupal can be beautiful even using standard themes that you can find on drupal.org website.

In this post I provided a link to every theme’s project page on drupal.org, download link and live demo link. Please note, that download links link to current theme release, which can change in the future, so use project page link (theme title in this post) in the future and download themes from there to keep them up to date.

27 Best Looking Free Drupal 6 Themes

Friday, 25 November 2011 10:28

There are hundreds of Drupal themes which you can find on the Internet but not all of them are good looking. So, this time I have collected the best looking free Drupal 6 themes I have found.

I have no idea how much of you guys use Drupal, but I’m a big fan of Drupal and this time I take a big risk and hope you’ll at least check out this selection and compare it with your CMS. Drupal is definitely worth trying out, it has a lot more customization options and chances to add different features, which even mighty WordPress cannot handle.

40+ Essential Drupal Modules

Friday, 25 November 2011 10:12

  If you are new to drupal, then this list is for you. These are some of the best of the best drupal modules. Everything from standard framework modules, to location and mapping is covered. Note that if you've been emersed in drupal for some time, than this will be "old news".

The Big Three

"The big three" are important enough that they deserve a category of their own. Most drupal modules worth using have integrated with one of these three. Their importance simply can't be stressed enough.

  • Content Construction Kit (CCK) - Part of drupal 7; still a contrib in drupal 6. Allows you to define new content types (e.g. blog entry, event, or employee record...) and add "fields" to them. A field could be plain text, an image, a flash video, or whatever. You can also adjust how these fields display in the live view. No drupal install should be without this module.
  • Views - Broadly speaking, this module empowers non programmers to build dynamic streams of content displaying any number of fields. The content may come from nodes (a.k.a. content types and fields), users, system log entries, etc. You can display this stream in any number of formats including RSS feeds, tables, or just the vanilla view for a content type. You can also create pages or blocks -- its very tightly interwoven with drupal. Nearly every drupal module worth using is integrated with this module. Extremely powerful when used in combination with CCK.
  • Panels -

    I believe Panels + CCK & Views is a hint at what drupal will look like 3 years into the future. I had to change my pants after the first time I witnessed it. At a very simple level, you could think of it as a layout manager. Create a 1,2,3 column layout. Or a 3 column layout with a full width footer and header, and plop pieces of content in them -- say a view, a block, or a node. That description, however does not do it justice. Since version 3, its positioned itself as a replacement for drupal core's clunky block system. It can now override a node page, and can be used to place content all over the place. It also introduced a concept of contexts, selections rules, and relationships. These are concepts that deserve a series of blog posts, but lets just say its solving some of the weirdest, mind numbing, bug creating problems found in advanced websites. Ironically, I used to hate this module, but after version 3 I will defend its awesomeness to the death!
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