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Adaptivethemes to roll out Ubercart and OpenPublish Starter themes

Drupal 6 has seen some truly fantastic installation profiles emerge that allow end users to have a site-in-a-box installation in minutes. UberDrupal gets you up to speed with Uberbcart and OpenPublish is an amazing profile for setting up a magazine or news site.

Each of these profiles has very specific theming requirements. Ubercart has the product and cart pages, while OpenPublish has extended user profiles and bio information for nodes and many additional views and other features.

Adaptivetheme Admin User Links Feature Intro

Quick intro video showing the new Admin User Link menu that appear in the admin section pages by default. There is a new theme setting so you can toggle the display on and off and by default it won't appear if the Admin Menu module is installed.

Agile and Scrum Videos

This is likely to become a pretty big collection of videos about Scrum and other other Agile based managements processes.

Semantic Views Module for Drupal 6 - Video Tutorial

The Semantic Views module for Drupal 6 allows you to easily insert HTML markup for your Views rows and fields.

This is a new module by bangpound and I think this is really going to change how we think about theming Views because for the first time it puts clean semantic Views output in the hands of site builders and other end users, without having to get their hands dirty in the templates.

Getting Started with CSS

Prolly one of the most frequently asked drupal design questions to me and others in the Drupal forum is "how do I [insert question] CSS". Answering these questions provide little more than the proverbial *fish*, whereas we really want to be teaching them *how to fish*. Heres a few resources that can really give you a head start with CSS.

How to Add unique classes to Drupal menus

Sometimes you want to be able to style menu items individually. For example you may want to use image replacement to display icons instead of the text, or you may want to make one menu item stand out from the rest.

Drupals Primary and Secondary links allow you to do this because they print a class on the li that includes the mlid, so its easy to target a particular link doing something like:

li.menu-123 a {font-weight: bold;}

But, in normal Drupal menus, the ones that appear in blocks, no such classes appear, which leaves them all with the same style.

How to add a sidebar-top region in Genesis

Genesis supports 3 different layouts including both sidebars on either the left or right of the main content. In this configuration it can be useful to have a sidebar-top region that spans the width of both sidebars, but sits on top of them.

An example of when you might want to do this would be to display a fixed height banner or contextual ads. Its not good for content that will change in height as it could then overflow the div—while the fixed height limitation could be overcome, this tutorial is meant for beginners and is a simple strait forward explanation of how to add new regions in Drupal and how to position the new sidebar-top region using CSS.

This tutorial shows you how to do this in the Genesis starter theme for Drupal 6.

Adaptivetheme LayoutSP Intro

In this video I go over the new layout features in the next generation of Adaptivetheme, code named LayoutSP (SuperPremium). The new layout options are all point-and-click configurations aimed at given end users the abiltiy to modify the layout of their Drupal theme in a meaningful way.

Smashing Magazine Book Giveaway

Smashing magazines new Smashing Book

We're giving away a copy of Smashing magazines new Smashing Book! All you need to do is fill out a short survey and you're in the draw.

UPDATE: this survey is now closed. The winner was Sean O'Rourke.

5 Groovy Icon Resources

In case you hadn't noticed I really like icons, in fact I love icons. A great set of icons, or even a few nice ones can really lift your Drupal themes from drab, to fab, and all it takes is a bit of leg work to find a suitable set for your rocking Drupal theme. Heres a short list of 5 icon resources I have plundered used recently.

What are Premium Drupal Themes

Premium Drupal Themes

Premium Drupal themes, or *Drupal templates* as they are sometimes referred to, are themes that are beautifully designed paired with advanced features such as theme settings, color, style and layout options. In this article we explore what makes a theme *premium* and what you can expect when purchasing Drupal themes.

We're One Year Old Today

Just thought I'd mention that we are in fact one year old today and I am so pleased this project has finally started taking shape and is now on the fast track, growing everyday with a group of truly talented designers and Drupal themers. It took us a long time to get here, much thought and planning went into this and 350 odd days of contriving to bring it to reality.

I'd like to glance back at my very first post and I think you'll see I've really stuck to my guns:

Give your Nodes some Class

In this short tutorial I'm going to show you how to set a unique class on your nodes based on taxonomy terms, which is something I've been asked about more than once or twice.

First thing you need is a template.php file and inside that declare a preprocess function. We're going to use this function to build an array of class names and then print them in node.tpl.php. With me? Ok.

How Gpanels Work - the Secret Sauce

When I first built Gpanels I ran into the usual layout problems when using percentages—IE rounding up, Operas inane percentage rounding behavior and a bunch of other pita issues.

I decided there must be a better way of achieving the layout I was looking for, and not using grids, because my base theme is not grids based.

Call to Action - Help needed with Drupal Design Profiles

We are working on a set of Design Profiles. A Design Profile is a package that includes:

1. A Drupal Installation Profile.
2. PSD templates.
3. A design brief.
4. Design resources such as a logo or other supporting graphics.

The purpose of the Design Profile is to give designers and theme builders a clear development path from design to finished theme. They are not for custom theme builds but rather to help designers design generic themes either to sell or open source.

Drupal Design Cheatsheets

Cheat sheets, or reference cards, help you remember things quickly and serve as a quick reference when recall is waning, such as during those long endless nights of frantic photoshopping, or is that just me?

Whether you need to learn something quickly or need a quick refresher on how to do certain tasks, cheat sheets allow you to do either one with relative ease. Print them out and decorate your workspace or save/bookmark them for later use, whichever way suits you best.

Web Typography Resources

I love typography, seriously, I do. Can't say I'm all that good at it, which seems odd since I've been staring at all my life. There must be more to it than just looking so I went in search of a few great websites about, you guessed it, web typography, and came up with my short list.

Video Tutorial - How to Design a Portfolio Site

From Elliot Jay Stocks,one of my all time favorite designers, comes two great screen casts on how to design a portfolio site, these are a must see if only to get an insight into one todays most influential designers.

CSS Sprites for Drupal Themes

What is a CSS sprite? In short a CSS sprite is one big image combining all the images used in a theme or web site template. So instead of having loads of separate little images, you combine them into one.

For an example Yelvington posted a really good example of CSS Sprites - take a look at his example sprite.

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