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CMSQuickStart Helping Out with the Drupal Dojo


Here at CMSQuickStart we know that Drupal didn't magically appear under our pillow one night after we left a thumbdrive under the pillow. We appreciate the fact that countless hours of dedicated contributions have occurred, are occurring and continue to occur. We subscribe to the philosophy that the shops that benefit from Drupal need to add value to the project by giving back to the community. The Drupal Dojo is just that opportunity.

CMS Visibility: A Versatile Business or Blog Theme


CMS VisibilityCMS Visibility pleases the crowd with a great clean look that users love. A striking colored content area shares the space with the navigation and header and contrasts the rest of the page. Simple color schemes help produce a wide array of customization and choices, all maintaining a versatile look and feel that fits any requirements. As with all our themes, there are 17 regions that you can use to place all of your content as well as the flexibility of our custom theme settings. Explore what opportunities this theme provides by trying out 5 different color combinations and 6 background colors to find something that fits your style or brand. Use the featured area on the front page or a variety of pages to create an attractive stage for your best content.

Possible uses could include corporate sites, products or services, creative services, product display, technical or corporate blogs, and portfolios. CMS Visibility provides a great web presence for any need and the added benefit of an excellent content management system.

Share your Drupal Screenshots with JING


Drupal is awesome and you already know that. There no limit to the number of tools available out there that can improve your productivity and make you look good. In this video I'm looking at JING a product from TechSmith. You may know them as the same people who brought you Camtasia which is what I use for all the videos I make.

Why use JING?

Pages, Menus, and Blocks in Drupal7


In this video we take a look at creating a few pages and creating Menu-Links, formerly Menu-Items, and then nesting those Menu-Links. We also explore the 2 different ways of viewing the Main-Menu, formerly Primary-Links. 

It's rather amazing how much has changed in Drupal7. If you're familiar with Drupal6 then you'll quickly notice that more features have been added You may even notice that there are a great many smallish contrib modules that have grown wings and flown over to Drupal7 core. In some cases they have added functionality that is tightly woven into Drupal core.

CMS Wave: A Colorful Theme for Blogs and Children Sites


CMS WaveCMS Wave is a fun, colorful theme for use in personal blogs or children sites. Bright colors, graphics, and block styles all serve to attract and hold your user's attention without distracting from your content. As with all our themes, there are 17 regions that you can use to place all of your content as well as the flexibility of our custom theme settings. Explore what opportunities this theme provides by trying out different color combinations and background colors to find something that fits your style or brand. Whatever combinations you choose, be assured that you will have a playful, attractive design in your hands.

Possible uses could include personal or family blogs, kids products or services, creative services, product display, and portfolios. CMS Wave is waiting and ready to bring attention to your content today.

CMS Breeze: A Clean Theme for Business Blogs


CMS BreezeCMS Breeze is a great theme for sites like business blogs and many other general purpose site types. Give it a try for your business site or formal blog. As with all our themes, there are 17 regions that you can use to place all of your content as well as the flexibility of our custom theme settings. There are a few elements that make Breeze stand out in the crowd, including soft transparent background effects, subtle accenting colors, and full colored backgrounds in your choice of colors. Dates are displayed in a calendar-style box on your posts and content is separated in clearly defined boxes.

Possible uses could include product display or reviews, formal blogs, various business applications, and online services. Careful attention to content display, Clean and elegant lines and backgrounds, and a contrasting featured content area make this theme perfectly suited to any application.

CMS Gourmet: An Elegant Theme for Restaurants and Wineries


CMS GourmetCMS Gourmet is a brand new theme that fulfills a nice range of elegant site types. Gourmet works really well for restaurants, wineries, and other sites that are in the food industry. It could also work for many other categories such as weddings or other formal events. As with all our themes, there are 17 regions that you can use to place all of your content as well as the flexibility of our custom theme settings. We tried to provide a rich, luxurious tone for your content and included various subtle details to engage and add value for your viewers. A light, textured main content area will really stand out against the wood and dark grained backgrounds provided with this theme.

Possible uses could include fine dining and spirits, weddings and special occasions, and locale or event hosting. With specially-crafted typographic elements, textures, and icons, CMS Gourmet provides a great space with which to fill your content and messages.

Using the Admin Role Module to share access to your Drupal Site


One of the essential functionalities of Drupal which attracts a lot of people to the project is it's ability to configure user's ROLES and PERMISSION with astounding granularity and security. That works very well when you want to have a variety of users with very specific ROLES and PERMISSIONS, but there was a time when this didn't work so well when you wanted to give someone else the same admin rights that you, the site owner, have.

Backing up your Drupal site with the Demo Module


I probably don't have to tell you how important it is to keep your Drupal site backed up. However, if you don't know some of the methods that are commonly used to accomplish the task, chances are that you are not backing up your site.

In this VIDEO I show how to take SNAPSHOTS of your website's database with the DEMO module. I also discuss how to copy your website's FILES so that you can use them if you need to do a total restore of your site.

Here's What We Did:

Drupal 6 Attachment Display in VIEWS


Out of the box, VIEWS in Drupal 6 offers FOUR displays; PAGE, BLOCK, FEED and ATTACHMENT. Of the four the latter is the least used and least understood. So that's exactly what we'll tackle here!

First, I'll quickly review the three that you probably know.

  • PAGE
    •  User enters a PATH and the output of the VIEW is viewable at that URL.
    •  A BLOCK is created when the view is saved. Going to the Blocks Admin section shows that the newly created BLOCK is disabled and needs to be assigned to a region.
  • FEED
    •  Custom XML FEEDS can be created to supply users and robots with FEEDS that are tagged with specific taxonomy OR event details for events that are upconing, etc.

And here's what we did with the ATTACHMENT display.
I already had a page display created earlier which simply showed the 10 most recent blog posts and only showed specific fields. 

We then selected ATTACHMENT from the Drop Down Selector of Displays and then selected CREATE DISPLAY. 
At this point we made some configuration changes, most notably changing from Fields to Nodes, and from 10 to 1 with an offset of one to avoid duplicate results.
After this we had to configure the attachment settings. We observed that the POSITION setting was set to BEFORE and that the ATTACH TO setting was set to NONE. We changes the NONE to PAGE so that the ATTACHMENT display would attach to the PAGE display and appear BEFORE it.

The preview bore witness to our success BUT we visited the actual page to see it in its glory.

Enjoy the video and PLEASE give us feedback on the topics we're delivering. We've enjoyed great feedback so far and would love to hear from YOU! :-)

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