Twitter style Login box for Drupal

In this tutorial I'll show just how easy it is to do a Twitter style drop-down login form in Drupal 6 (probably just as easy if not identical in Drupal 5 and 7). If you don't know what this looks like these days you better get over to and scope it out so you know that I'm on about - see the link in the top right corner...


* We're gonna cheat and use the LoginToboggan module
* Moderate CSS skills

Login Toboggan

* Download and install the module

How to theme the User Login page in Maintenance Mode

A recent client wanted to remove everything from the user login page when the site was in maintenance (or Site off-line as its referred to in most system messages and documentation). Just showing the user login form when the site is off-line actually makes a lot of sense because whats the point of showing things like primary links, search block or whatever else might show on your normal user login page.

Using CSS clip as an Accessible Method of Hiding Content

Its relatively easy to hide content in Drupal using CSS, however its a whole different ball game to hide content and keep it accessible to all site visitors. Disabled web users may be using a screen reader or other Assistive Technology. For Drupal 7 we wanted a way to hide content that worked in all browsers and avoided many of the issues associated with current techniques.

100 Percent width Header and Footer Backgrounds in Adaptivetheme

I've been asked a few times by Drupal themers and designers how to do 100% header and footer backgrounds in Adaptivetheme—and retain the theme settings so end users can still adjust the overall page width. Actually this is pretty easy - its just a matter of adding a couple of wrapper DIV's in the right places and overriding the layout variables that Adaptivetheme uses to set the width.

First we wrap the various page elements in a set of wrapper DIV's. The new .container DIV will be full width and the .container-width wrapper will set the width - see the PHP snippet below.

Bartik for Core!

As many of you may know Bartik is one of the candidate themes for Drupal 7 - we only have until the 17th of May to bring it up to core worthiness so if you're a front end developer your help is needed, and its needed now.

Page Template Suggestions per Node Type

Sometimes its useful to have a page.tpl.php template per node type. While you can have a node-[type].tpl.php be default in Drupal 6, the same does not apply to page level templates.

To add these template suggestions to your theme simply add the following code to template.php, replacing themeName with the name of your theme.

Adaptivethemes Running Hot...

Hot Drupal that is!

We just moved host, for various reasons our old host wasn't really working out for us so we jumped ship and went with Hot Drupal.

We're also trying out the Boost module, again, I hope it goes better this time around.

Still some issues to sort out with content delivery, imagecache and so on, but so far the migration went about as smooth as it gets.

Field Type Suggestions in Drupal 7

NOTE: I have submitted a feature request to Drupal 7 to have this included in core - if you have some opinion on that please see Field Type Template Suggestions

Today I finally got around to testing out the new field suggestions in Drupal 7. If you're not familiar with the standard suggestions in short you can either use field templates or override theme_field using a naming convention not unlike we do with preprocess functions. What struck me as kind of odd was the lack suggestions for field types—maybe there's a very good reason for this such as performance, I don't know, but I thought it might be interesting to see if I could use them, if I wanted to.

Export Adaptivethemes Advanced Theme Settings

In the latest bleeding edge DEV version of Adaptivetheme we've introduced a new feature—the ability to export your theme settings. This is useful if you need to move your Drupal theme and you can't just export and move the database as well.


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