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Drupal and Ubercart 2.x: Creating a Theme from Scratch Using the Zen Theme

by George Papadongonas Yiannis Doxaras | March 2010 | MySQL Drupal e-Commerce Open Source PHP Web Development

In the previous articles by George Papadongonas and Yiannis Doxaras, authors of Drupal E-commerce with Ubercart 2.x, we learnt how to install a ready-made theme and how to customize it, thus offering the client a great browsing experience. In this article we will learn how to create a theme from scratch using the Zen Theme.

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Drupal and Ubercart 2.x: A new Approach to Drupal Theming

by George Papadongonas Yiannis Doxaras | March 2010 | MySQL Drupal e-Commerce PHP Web Development

In the previous articles by George Papadongonas and Yiannis Doxaras, authors of Drupal E-commerce with Ubercart 2.x, we learnt how-to customize the theme and thus offer the client a great browsing experience. We also covered how to create a theme from scratch using the Zen theme. In this article we will cover the following new approaches to themeing:

  • Fusion Theming System with Skinr module
  • Migrating an HTML theme to a Drupal template
  • Creating a Drupal theme from a Photoshop template
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Customizing Layout with Themes in PHP-Nuke

by Douglas Paterson | March 2010 | MySQL Content Management Open Source PHP

In the previous article of the series by Douglas Paterson, author of Building Websites with PHP-Nuke, we explored the PHP-Nuke Forums module. In this article, which is the ninth article of the article series, we are going to transform the look of the Dinosaur Portal with the help of a new PHP-Nuke theme. A PHP-Nuke theme is a collection of HTML files, CSS styles, images, and PHP code that defines the layout and appearance of your pages, and hence, the look and feel of your site. Through the use of themes, without having to touch the inner workings of PHP-Nuke, you can create a new look for your site, enforced throughout the site. There is even the possibility of allowing the user to choose a personal theme.

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Managing the Discussion Forums Using PHP-Nuke

by Douglas Paterson | March 2010 | MySQL Content Management Open Source PHP

In the previous article of the series by Douglas Paterson, author of Building Websites with PHP-Nuke, we have had a tour of the other default modules that ship with PHP-Nuke, and seen the types of content they manage.

In this article which is the eighth article of the article series, we will begin to explore the PHP-Nuke Forums module. You will:

  • Learn about the structure of a discussion board
  • Learn how to create categories and forums, and make postings
  • Create groups, and set simple permissions for forums
  • See how to moderate forum content
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User Interface Enhancement Techniques with Drupal and Ubercart 2.x

by George Papadongonas Yiannis Doxaras | March 2010 | MySQL Drupal e-Commerce Open Source PHP

In the previous article by George Papadongonas and Yiannis Doxaras, authors of Drupal E-commerce with Ubercart 2.x, we saw how to implement more complex marketing technique such as cross-selling using taxonomy and recommendation systems for Drupal with Ubercart, how to create an alternative layout for products using panels and enhance user interface using views. In this article we show we will you how to offer a better browsing experience to your visitors, and how to use enhanced marketing techniques to attract more clients and to make them spend more money in your store. In this article we are going to show you:

  • How to improve the shopping cart
  • How to manage product prices and discounts in a better way
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Product Cross-selling and Layout using Panels with Drupal and Ubercart 2.x

by George Papadongonas Yiannis Doxaras | March 2010 | MySQL Drupal e-Commerce Open Source PHP

This article by George Papadongonas and Yiannis Doxaras, authors of Drupal E-commerce with Ubercart 2.x, helps you to implement more complex marketing techniques. You may wonder why is there a need to invest more time after having already set up your e-shop. But, you have to keep in mind that there are thousands of competitors out there, selling similar or the same products that you're selling. So, being good is not enough, you have to be one of the best. In this article we are going to show you:

  • How to implement more complex marketing techniques, such as cross-selling using taxonomy and recommendation systems
  • How to create an alternative layout for products using panels
  • How to enhance the user interface using views
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Content Management Modules In PHP-Nuke

by Douglas Paterson | March 2010 | MySQL Content Management Open Source PHP

The previous article of the series by Douglas Paterson, author of Building Websites with PHP-Nuke, shows us an overview of stories and the story publication process, also the way stories on our site are organized; stories are classified into topics and categories, and also how to edit and manage them. In this article which is the seventh article of the article series, we'll look at the PHP-Nuke modules for handling content. We will see how each of them works, how you add content with them, and what features they possess. We will cover these modules:

  • Content
  • FAQ
  • Encyclopedia
  • Web Links and Downloads
  • Reviews

For each module, we will explore both the visitor and administrator experience, and see how to work with the types of content these modules handle

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Story Management with PHP-Nuke

by Douglas Paterson | March 2010 | MySQL Content Management Open Source PHP

In the previous article of the series by Douglas Paterson, author of Building Websites with PHP-Nuke, shows how to manage visitors to your site, how to create users, explore the Your Account module, which is the user's private 'space', and set up other administrators to perform limited administrative tasks on the site.

In this article which is the sixth article of the article series, we will cover the following, paying attention to both the administrator and visitor points of view when required:

  • An overview of stories and the story publication process
  • Organizing stories into topics and categories
  • Adding and editing stories
  • Understanding comment moderation
  • Managing stories
  • The different modules that let you access stories
  • Creating polls and surveys
  • Syndicating your news with the backend.php file
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Drupal 6 Performance Optimization Using DB Maintenance and Boost: Part 1

by TJ Holowaychuk Trevor James | March 2010 | MySQL Content Management Drupal Open Source PHP

In this two-part article by Trevor James and T J Holowaychuk, authors of Drupal 6 Performance Tips, we're going to install, configure, and utilize the DB Maintenance and Boost modules. DB Maintenance will allow us to maintain and optimize our MySQL database from within the Drupal admin interface. Boost will help us to speed up page load times on our site for our anonymous site users by using its sophisticated and advanced page, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript caching mechanisms. Both of these contributed modules will help you diagnose problems on your site and server as well as help to keep your site running smoothly and in an optimized fashion.

By the end of this article you will know how to install, configure, and use the following contributed performance modules:

  • DB Maintenance module
  • Boost
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