Sitehound Drupal is aiming to be as out-of the box as it can. Hence, it was my choice to add support for the Drupal's Color module (and SASS). There are currently 6 ready color variants in SiteHound standard theme, the default being the gray one. These color variants can be chosen in the theme settings section. This is also where a custom color set can be created with the Color module graphic interface.
About a few years ago, I had worked on a pre-configured Drupal site, that can be used as a template for building client web sites. Now, I decided to revisit that idea with Drupal 7. Drupal has a steep learning curve, and comes with a need to have it configured before it can be used. WYSIWYG installed, content types added, image fields, galleries, layouts for pages.
Using the Color module is easy - thought I could not understand how I can map colors to classes and id's . Which, I can't - you simply declare default colors, the themes colors, tell which css file to use, and then the Color module overrides default colors with counterparts throughout the whole theme. Good for recolorable themes.
Quickstart has finally reached version 1.0. What is it Quickstart? Quickstart is basically a VM (virtual machine) image, that can be downloaded and imported into vmware or virtualbox. Quickstart image has on it:
- Ubuntu Linux, Apache, MySQL, APC, XDebug, IMAP, UploadProgress
- Firefox (with developer plugins) and Chrome
- Drush - an acclaimed command-line remote Drupal mangement tool
- Apache Solr
- Netbeans and Eclipse - two great development IDEs
I have decided to become a member to Drupal Association. Taking to consideration that I currently am the sole face of Striderlance, I decided to make it an Individual Membership. Why? Because it's cool to have that logo on your web site. It's like a stamp, that makes your site almost official. In reality, this just means that I made a donation. So let's just say it's a way of me saying "Thank you" to Drupal community.
Drupal 7 is now the active Drupal version. Most popular modules have already been issued Drupal 7 versions. What are top 5 changes about Drupal 7?
- Drupal 7 has a better and smarter installer.
- Drupal 7 has improved speed. Core functionality has been rewritten, especially at the MySQL layer level, to provide faster and less resource-hungry platform.