Blog Posts

Drupal 8 & 9 Theming: How to Render and Format JSON Data With PHP and Twig Using the JSON Field Module

(08 Jun 2021)
There's a neat little Drupal module called JSON Field and recently, I had a chance to play around with it. Out of the box, JSON field is a just a plain field where JSON data can be input and output on a web page.

Drupal 8 & 9 Tutorial: a Method to Group Fields in Layout Builder Using Ctools Entity View

(27 Sep 2020)
I've been building Drupal 8 sites with Layout Builder and one feature that I think is missing is the ability to group specific fields inside a wrapper for enhanced theming; a layout within a layout if you will.

Layout Builder With Drupal 8: a Few Tips, Tricks, and Gotchas

(25 May 2020)
Over the past month, I have been working on a large scale Drupal 8 build that is leveraging the Layout Builder module for much of the site's displays. If you have not used Layout Builder yet for a project and have been wanting to jump in, I hope this article will serve as a good overview.

Drupal 8 Architecture: How to Add Custom HTML Data Attributes to Menus

(23 May 2020)
In this post, I show you how to extend menu link attributes in a custom module

Drupal 8 Theming: How to Render Custom Datetime formats For Events With Twig

(01 Feb 2020)
In this blog post, I will show you how to theme custom datetime formats using Twig in Drupal 8

Drupal 8 Architecture: Video Tour for Designing Structured Modular Content

(18 Sep 2016)
In this screencast, I'm going to walkthrough how I've been designing structured modular content with Entity Construction Kit and Inline Entity Form in Drupal 8.

Drupal 8: How to Define Variables in Twig Templates as Custom Classes

(15 Sep 2016)
For the past seven months, I've been designing, building, and theming with Drupal 8 for my own side project. Along the way, I've seen huge advancements in these realms versus what was possible with Drupal 7.

Drupal 8: How to Craft Custom Theme Hook Suggestions & Templates

(10 May 2016)
In Drupal 8, there's templates for just about anything and with Drupal 8's new theme hooks, you can really narrow in on crafting a custom template for your specific use case. This makes getting at and altering markup far more accessible than it was in Drupal 6 and 7.

Drupal 8 Development: 5 Things to Add to Your Theming Toolbox

(08 May 2016)
My uncle used to say, "You have to use the right tool for the job." This is no different when it comes to Drupal 8 theming and development.

Drupal 8 Theming: How to Set Custom HTML Classes in a Block Region

(27 Mar 2016)
Now that I'm digging into Drupal 8 theming and its awesomeness, I'm discovering some really useful methods and functions. At the same time, I'm learning a lot and having fun.

Drupal 8: Attaching Core Libraries and Other Scripts to Your Theme

(06 Apr 2014)
In this blog post, we learn how to add core and theme scripts in to Drupal 8 using a theme libraries YML or YAML file.

Drupal Theming: Adding Font Awesome Icons to Menu Items

(26 Mar 2014)
I'm currently working on a Drupal build where I'd like users to be able to easily add icons to menu items through the UI. Enter FontAwesome, the scalable vector icon font that leverages the power of CSS. That in combo with the infamous Menu Attributes module allows users to add custom classes to Drupal menu items via the Menu edit interface on a per menu item basis. This is ideal for what we need to accomplish.

Eclectic but Useful Drupal Modules

(05 Jul 2013)
An overview of an eclectic mix of modules I've found really useful lately for some projects I've been working on with a few examples and use cases.

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.

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.

JQuery Theming Tips for Drupal 7

(18 Jul 2012)
I often see posts on the drupal.org forums and elsewhere in regard to implementing jQuery scripts and code into Drupal. It seems common that users try to attach JQuery right within page.tpl.php or html.tpl.php. In other words, it's hard-coding a script into a page and it's not ideal. Some try to render it using the PHP filter within a block or node.

Theming a Views Post Date With Drupal 7 ("Date in Parts")

(02 Jul 2012)
In my last blog post I showed how to theme a node post date. I'll take it one step further this time and show how to do the same thing with a View. This assumes you are using the Views Module, and a use case would be if you want to display a feed of items with titles and teasers such as blog posts or news.

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.

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