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Comparison of pagination techniques for Drupal 7

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Pagination is one of those elements we take for granted. Most of the time it works fine out of the box and requires no customization or configuration. However, you do indeed have options in this department and changing the pagination can greatly benefit a site that has hundreds or thousands of pieces of content. Today we're going to examine a few different modules and techniques you can use to improve the speed and efficiency of content browsing.

1. More columns

Tutorial - Designing a search experience in Drupal

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It's always there, just sitting taking up space. Much of the time it goes unused, but you want to keep it there just in case. I'm talking about the search box, and it has become a ubiquitous but often overlooked element of a site. Designers like me were often very limited in terms of what could be done in terms of customization of the search feature in Drupal. Nowadays, modules developers have given us some powerful and simple to use tools to tone the search experience. Today we're going to look at one solution to the search problem.

Tutorial - Better advertisement integration with Drupal 7 & Views

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It's a trap that a lot of sites fall into: you get the site designed and developed, you're finishing up implementation and then it hits you. Where are we going to put the ads? Maybe we'll just throw them in the sidebar or above the header...

Tutorial - What to do before your Drupal 7 site has launched

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We've done a lot of different tutorials regarding what you can do to expand your current site features, but what about things you can do before your site launches? Today we're going to be building a teaser countdown page that will allow people to visit your URL and hopefully generate some interest. To make it a touch better, we're going to be incorporating a email form that will add the visitor to a mailing list which you can then use to contact once you launch.



 

CMS Commerce: An E-Commerce Drupal Theme

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CMS CommerceA Drupal 7 E-Commerce Theme!

Introducing our second niche Drupal theme. We've had overwhelming demand to produce an e-commerce theme that anyone can use to get a online store up and running in no time. CMS Commerce comes bundled with Ubercart, a web site commerce package that is utilized by hundreds of popular websites. A special content type for products is built into the install package meaning you can launch the theme and be on your way to creating your store very quickly. In addition, you get all the goodies that come with Ubercart including various shipping settings, tax options, product tracking, payment process options, and more.

On top of that you get all the normal content options that come with our other themes, meaning you can use CMS Commerce to host your blog, forums, or whatever you need to maintain your brand. 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 6 different link color combinations and 7 background colors to find something that fits your style, brand, or image. A ready-to-use featured content area provides for a prominent front page area to feature sales or daily deals.

CMS Expression: An Artistic Drupal Theme

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CMS Expression*Update: Now available for Drupal 7* Are you an artist or creative professional who has been looking for a great theme to use with your Drupal site or portfolio? Look no further, we just released CMS Expression. This is the perfect theme to use for any site that needs lots of color options, textures, content areas, and block styling to match. 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 6 different color combinations and 6 background colors and styles to find something that fits your style, brand, or image. A ready-to-use featured content area provides for a simple region for your best articles or portoflio pieces.

Possible uses could include creative portfolio sites, photography, personal blogs, and kids sites. CMS Expression can be adapted to fit any use you require.

CMS Focus: A Dark Magazine Style Drupal Theme

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CMS Focus*Update: Now available for Drupal 7!* CMS focus is great for media-rich sites that need that extra styling boost to make them stand out. A dark background ensures that pictures and video get all the attention they deserve while light text and block styles ensure that your text never gets lost in the crowd. 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. Focus is one of our special themes that has 3 seperate configurable element color options. Explore what opportunities this theme provides by trying out 6 different link color combinations, 6 background colors and styles, and 3 accent colors to find something that fits your style, brand, or image. A ready-to-use featured content area provides for a simple region for your best articles or portfolio pieces.

Possible uses could include creative portfolio sites, photography, personal blogs, film, art, or photo review sites, and contemporary magazine-type sites. CMS Focus is tuned to fit a wide variety of uses. Check it out!

Tutorial - Build a modular presentation tool in Drupal 7

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Today we're going to look at a use of Drupal that is a bit outside the norm. Instead of the usual business website, corporate blog, or news magazine site, let's look at a building a presentation tool. How or why would you use such a thing? Well, in a world where the Powerpoint or document-based presentations and proposals are rampant, sometimes you need to do something to stand out a bit.

CMS Realty: A Fully-Featured Real Estate Drupal Theme

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CMS Realty*Updated* Drupal 7 version now available!

Most of our themes come with a style that works for a variety of site types and we make sure that all of the core types of content are up and running in the box. Every once in a while, however, we will create a theme that has extended functionality for a specific purpose. It's not just a clever title, today we launched CMS Realty, a theme aimed at individuals and businesses that need a real estate website. Realty comes packaged with an additional content type for posting listings as well as a nice categorized search funciton so your users can search listings easily. Don't worry, we haven't skipped the usual goodies. Realty still comes with forum, blog, page, and contact functionality. 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 6 different link color combinations and 6 background colors to find something that fits your style, brand, or image. A ready-to-use featured content area provides for a simple region for your best listings and includes basic details about the real estate.

Realty is primarily aimed at the real estate market, but that doesn't mean you can't use or modify it for other uses as well! Try CMS Realty for any site that needs a universally clean and crisp look. Check it out today!

Tutorial - Build a tabbed search/sort filter in Drupal 7

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Anyone with a little experience with Views knows that you can take a list of content and expose some filters to your users so that they can limit or rearrange the list to their specifications. However, when this is done it uses a series of drop down menus and an "apply" button. While this is a powerful and built-in function, it limits our options when it comes to styling our filters as we want. What if we want our filters to be pre-rendered tabs, perhaps with an AJAX loader that will build queries as needed?

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