Blog Posts

Drupal 8 Video Tutorial: How to Get Started with Xdebug using PHPStorm with Docksal

(16 Aug 2019)
In this screencast video tutorial, I show you how to get up and running with Xdebug and PHPStorm using Docksal.

Drupal 8 Architecture: How to Get a Value from a Paragraph’s Parent Entity

(23 Jul 2019)
A common architectural model in Drupal is for one entity to reference another. For example, when using the Paragraphs module to build structured modular content, imagine that you have a paragraph type that references another paragraph type.

Creating an AJAX Node Field Pager with an Embedded Contextual View

(20 Nov 2013)
I get great ideas from users of both my Drupal contrib themes, Bamboo and Gratis. Typically a user will write to me and ask, "how do I do x" with your theme?

Features + Drush = Drupal Goodness

(02 Sep 2013)
It's hard to believe I've been using both Features and Drush for a few years but didn't know you can create, update and manage your features all with Drush.

Implementing HTML5 Image Captions with Drupal 7

(09 Jul 2013)
I've been pretty busy these days with a few different projects and a number of them required a user friendly way (editors not needing to know how to code) of implementing captions for images within content areas.

Designing a Responsive Lightbox Photo Grid Gallery for Drupal 7

(04 Jul 2013)
Lately, I've been designing and developing photo galleries for both clients and myself. I thought it would be nice to share some methods and practices that I've learned. This tutorial will focus on creating node photo grid galleries that can either be stand alone or attached to other content types.

Drupal 7 Preprocess Tricks: Tips From a Themer

(08 Jun 2013)
In the course of a day as a Drupal Themer, I need to code a wide variety of functionality into a given site I'm working on. I try to follow Drupal best practices as well and this usually means implementing theme preprocess functions; these become key to a Themer's toolbox.

Leveraging Drupal 7 API Functions for Theming Field Array Element Data

(24 Jan 2013)
In my last article I demonstrated how to extract basic data from field array elements which is ideal for custom node theming. The key to this is using *field_get_items*. I'll expand upon that by adding in additional Drupal API functions to enhance and format these Field array elements.

Drupal 7 Fields: Digging Deep into the Data for Themers

(23 Jan 2013)
In this article, I'll show how to really dig into data associated with a field and for that I'll use a preprocess function in your theme's template.php for the logic and then a variable for presentation in a custom node template.

Drupal Tips, Tricks and Gotchas

(16 Oct 2012)
The more Drupal web projects I do, the more I keep having to solve similar issues that arise during development or reusing similar code snippets. Typically you can use Features or write a small module for a lot of things but sometimes, you just need that one code snippet or quick fix.

Customizing the User Login Page in Drupal 7

(17 Aug 2012)
I was recently tasked with theming a customized user login page in Drupal 7. I could not find a whole lot of documentation for this so the first place I looked was in the core modules folder hoping to find something like user--login.tpl.php that I would be able to copy and put in my theme folder for an override.

Customizing the Title on Account Pages in Drupal 7 Using a Theme Preprocess Function

(25 Jul 2012)
The Drupal 7 Account pages (user, user/register, user/password), all have the same Title, i.e. "User Account". I just ran up against this issue and my client wanted different / custom titles on these pages.

Theming a Node Post Date With Drupal 7

(14 Mar 2012)
In this article I will show you how to theme a post date in Drupal 7. The goal is to take a boring date printed inline and theme it so it stands out as a design element.

Screencast: Creating and Theming a Node Photo Gallery with Drupal 7 and Colorbox

(16 Sep 2011)
I wanted the ability to easily create node galleries and this screencast shows you how to create and theme a node photo gallery using Drupal 7. I will also point out what modules are needed and make reference to those that would have been used in Drupal 6 and are now integrated into core in Drupal 7.

Using Drupal Views Arguments to Show Results Only When a Filter is Used

(18 Feb 2011)
Recently I was configuring a Drupal view for a client's website that consisted of the user inputting a zip code and distance to find a store near them. I was using an exposed proximity search filter with a postal code in combination with the Gmap and Location Modules.

How to add a block region to a node page in Drupal 6

(30 Dec 2010)
As a Drupal themers / front end developers, we are always asked to push the envelope of what's possible with design and theming. With Drupal 6, custom block regions are usually added in page.tpl.php which is normally outside of the actual page node content / comments. It would be above, below content or in sidebars typically.

Theming Unique Home Page Elements in Drupal with $is_front & PHP

(20 Oct 2010)
Ask 10 Drupal Themers how they would accomplish a task in Drupal and you just might get 10 different answers. Most likely those 10 different ways of accomplishing the task would all be valid and unique. This concept would apply when theming a home page element in Drupal; there are several different ways of going about this.

Rewriting Drupal Views Output for Custom Theming & CSS

(20 May 2010)
I love it when we discover one of those wonderful Drupal gems that is not well documented and is very powerful in creating some nice Drupal Views theme customization. We were recently tasked with creating an events calendar that has a custom CCK field called "City". There's a drop down menu with a list of cities to assign the event to.

Leveraging Custom Body Classes for Advanced Theming in Drupal 6

(10 May 2010)
I recently developed a Drupal site where each page in the site was based on a custom content type and needed some very specific theming. Although my custom theme was based on 960.gs, I decided to borrow from the zen theme its custom body class implementation to give more meaningful CSS classes to leverage for theming.

How to Customize and Theme Post & Date info in Drupal 6

(01 Apr 2010)
When I was theming my blog in Drupal, I decided I wanted a better way to customize and display post info such as wording used and the way date was displayed. The first step is to have a look around and see where the code is coming from that renders this info. I viewed the files in my custom theme folder and discovered these few lines of code in node.tpl.php