Drupal

Lightbox2: Adding a Download Link

I implemented the truly awesome Lightbox2 Drupal module for one of my customers recently. It performed as advertised pretty much out of the box. The photo gallery displayed in beautiful DHTML just like the big boys did it. Only problem, as was quickly pointed out to me, was that there was no way to actually download the pictures. Interesting oversight.

Ubercart: Product Imports

When a client asked me to build him an eCommerce site that allowed him to occasionally re-upload his product catalog, it seemed like Drupal and UberCart would be the obvious solution. Both are well established projects with tons of high-quality free plug-in modules. It was a safe bet there was a collection of downloads I could assemble like Lego bricks into the perfect site. But, oddly enough, it turns out that the product upload capability was simply not supported.

Drupal: File Uploads

Like most Drupal tasks, uploading a file is dirt simple. But only if you already know how. Lucky for you, I do.

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Drupal: Theme Forensics

Doing a back trace through Drupal code on exactly where an undesired activity is originating is a fairly well documented challenge. Once you've finally figured out that you want to look at something in a theming function, you still have to figure out which one. There are theme functions, more than one, in almost every module that displays something, and between core hooks and module hooks, you can pull a lot of hair out looking for the the one you need. There is a trick to making the search a little easier.

Drupal: WSOD

I've been trolling the boards a lot this week, looking for help on various road blocks. One issue I've seen a TON of is people running up against the the brick wall of the dreaded WSOD (White Screen of Death). This is when something breaks your Drupal site and the only feedback you get on the error is a blank white screen full of absolutely nothing. It can be pretty frustrating, but you need to know that there is a simple fix.

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