Drupal 6.0 Goes Live!

I'd like to congratulate the entire Drupal team on the successful release of Drupal 6!

"After one year of development we are ready to release Drupal 6.0 to the world. Thanks to the tireless work of the Drupal community, over 1,600 issues have been resolved during the Drupal 6.0 release cycle."

Be sure to check out the full release announcement to see all the awesome new features!

Posted by John on 2008-02-13

Drupal Modules Update

I've been working on my next big site, Drupal Modules, for a while now, and today I can reveal a bit of that work to you!

Drupal Modules

This is a design that's been in the works for months, but only recently have I had time to finish it. Of course, there's much more behind the scenes, but I'm not quite ready to launch the site yet.

Check back soon, the full site will be going live sooner than later!

Posted by John on 2007-12-14

Removing The Default CSS In Drupal 5

Drupal comes with several CSS files built in. These files determine the default look of basic elements like menus, tabs, and tables. But what if the default Drupal style just isn't what you want?

... Read the rest of this post!

Posted by John on 2007-12-10
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Drupal Portfolio Update: UBC

I've updated the portfolio list on my Drupal Themes page to include a Drupal site I built for The University of British Columbia's MiNa Group.

MiNa Group Drupal Theme

You can find more details about the site in the Drupal Showcase.

Posted by John on 2007-10-16
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Drupal 6 Beta Released

The first beta release of Drupal 6 is now available for download! What's new? There's a revamped installer, OpenID support, improved international language support, performance improvements, and a lot more. Check out the official announcement on Drupal.org, or read through the change log for the full list of changes.

If you're looking to upgrade your 5.x theme to Drupal 6, you can find a helpful conversion guide here, and if you're a module developer, this page will give you a head start on updating your code.

Posted by John on 2007-09-15

Drupal Themes: SEO Position Theme Updated

I was recently hired by SEOposition to update their contributed theme for Drupal 5. Essentially, I rewrote the entire theme from scratch: The CSS and XHTML are all brand new, there's a new navigation bar, improved typography, and the theme itself is about 200px wider.

Overall, the code is much tighter, and quicker to download. If you're upgrading from the 4.x version, you'll see a significant decrease in bandwidth usage. Here's an overview of the bandwidth-saving improvements I was able to make:

  • Rewritten CSS is 60% lighter. Old version used over 15k of code, I did it in 6k.
  • New XHTML layout is 25% lighter, easier to read, with better SEO.
  • Optimized images now have 40% smaller file sizes without sacrificing quality.

Here's a screenshot of the new 5.x version:

Updated SEO Position Drupal Theme

The updated theme is now available for download from the official Drupal site. Please note that the information on that page still referrers to the old 4.7 release, all admin screen issues have been resolved in the new Drupal 5 version.

If you have an old theme you'd like updated to Drupal 5, be sure to check out my Drupal theme services.

Posted by John on 2007-06-24
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