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Design for Drupal Camp Boston 2010

on June 21st, 2010 at 8:47:58 AM


The Design for Drupal Camp crew did it again and put on a great camp. I saw a lot of familiar faces but also lots of new people. The D4D camp is a great event for bringing new people into the Drupal community. Many of the sessions were geared for people new to Drupal, including my session which was about using Drupal Gardens as a fast and easy way to get a Drupal 7 site up and running (session video). Over 80% of the audience in my session were people who are new to Drupal, and I was stopped a couple of times by people wanting to see how to do things like move a block to a different region or hide the site name. People were glad to know that the service is free this year and when we start billng in Jan 2010, that the will be a free option as well as affordable premium plans.

A quick look at the ThemeBuilder power theming feature

on June 16th, 2010 at 10:34:43 PM

I'm not a CSS expert, so I love that I can create beautiful themes for my sites without writing a line of code. Ok, a real designer wouldn't call my themes beautiful, but they look good to me. We designed the ThemeBuilder both for people who aren't fluent in CSS and for professional designers who need to create sophisticated themes for their sites. When we released the first version of the ThemeBuilder, designers told us that the ThemeBuilder was limiting. As one designer told me, using the ThemeBuilder was like "themeing with mittens". We took this feedback and went back to the drawing board to rebuild our themes and add a lot more power to the ThemeBuilder. The latest release of the ThemeBuilder gives you the option of working in a Power theming mode to take advantage of new feautures.

Here's a quick 2 min video to show you what this feature looks like:

If you don't have time for a video, then here are a couple of screenshots of the ThemeBuilder turned off and on.

With power theming turned off, you'll click on an area of your page and the ThemeBuilder will select the regions that are most commonly styled, like the header, navigation, or sidebar regions.

When you you turn on power themeing, the ThemeBuilder gives you access to more specific areas so you can do more fine-grained styling.

To learn more about how the themes work in Drupal Gardens, read these blog posts by Jesse Beach, one of our engineers. Her first is an intro to ThemeBuilder theming, followed by one describing stacks, wrappers, and columns.

Using your Drupal site in other languages

on June 15th, 2010 at 1:00:19 PM

If you want to use the Drupal admin UI in languages other than English, here are the steps. I'll add screen shots and more details later.

  1. Go to Modules and enable the Local module
  2. Configure the Local module and add a language
  3. Find the .po file you need from the OSU Open Source Lab site. Download the file you need (eg. and rename it to match the original (eg.
  4. Go to Configuration - Regional and language - Translate interface - and to the Import tab. Browse for and upload the .po file.