When creating a theme, it is often very handy to break up the CSS into multiple files for the purpose of keeping things better organized. Luckily, Drupal has built-in CSS optimization on the admin/settings/performance page, but during development it is sometime quite easy to run up a large number of CSS files being used.
Need an fast way to theme a submit button on your site? Using one hook_form_alter() function and some simple CSS, it's fairly easy to do.
The method below actually keeps the text of the button as text and not part of the image (this allows you to reuse the button image for multiple buttons), but you can just as easily set the #value attribute to '' to get rid of the text.
You'll use hook_form_alter() to simply add a CSS class to the button you want to theme and to modify the text of the button.
A common development practice is to keep a local web server running on your laptop, or a development/staging server. A feature of Drupal designed for multisite installations can actually help you out in this situation.
Different servers often mean different databases, database users, and passwords. Sometimes, you may also need to point to a different files/ directory or tmp/ directory, especially if you are moving between Windows to Linux, or a local machine to a server.
Getting quick and easy control of rounded corners is a bit of a holy grail for theme developers and CSS jockeys. In order to do rounded corners correctly and have them appear consistent across a wide range of browsers often entails several additional HTML elements (usually DIVs) and several hours of CSS head-banging.
An easy way to get around this, providing you're willing to give up rounded corners in IE (a big "if", I know) is to utilize a couple of browser-specific CSS properties. Both Firefox and Safari utilize the "border-radius" CSS properties. For example:
The Context module is a great way to get a site's unwieldy block configuration page under control. It allows you to display individual blocks only when a certain "context" is available.
For example, a context may be set when a particular view is displayed. When that happens, you can use the Context module to display certain blocks alongside the view. If you find yourself writing block visibility code over-and-over again, the context module will save you time and headaches.
When developing a Drupal site, sometimes you have the need to reset a password - either for yourself or another user. Often, when working with a copy of live data, I want to be able to login as another user who is already in the system. Rather than asking them for their password, I use this method to change it.
While Drupal's built-in "reset password" functionality or user editing capabilities work great, if you're like me and tend to work with your database editor open, there's a quick-and-dirty way to quickly change a user's password.
Perhaps the most critical component of a Drupal site's security is the user login. For a login attack to be successful, the attacker must guess both the username and its password -- usually an impossible feat. But if the username can be easily guessed, that reduces the potency of this key security barrier. Far too many Drupal sites have "admin" as a username. Even worse, this is typically not a username assigned to a user who only has permissions for relatively innocuous capabilities, such as commenting on articles.
If you use the most excellent Calendar module, then you probably know that it defaults to a "Month" view. Here's the easy way to change the default view to something different.
In your calendar's main view, click on the "defaults" tab, and then click to edit the "Date: Date (node)" argument. Simply change the "granularity" setting to whatever you want the default view to be and you're golden.
(I found this tip deep in the Drupal.org forums.)
Need a quick way to show a map of node location data on your site? If you're using the Location module to collect address data for your nodes, then you're almost there.
More often than I'd like to admit, I run into the same little issue that usually takes me more than a couple of minutes to figure out. In this specific case, the small issue that I'm talking about is map views that I create not showing all the markers I think they should.
This is going to be a really quick QuickTip today - if you've ever added a generic text field to a CCK content type to contain a phone number - stop it.
Image Resize Filter is an fantastic tool for giving content administrators the ability to place and resize images within rich-text editor-enabled fields. The genius behind this module is that it is actually a Drupal input filter that resizes images on the fly based on what the user does in the rich-text editor.
If you use CCK's Node Reference field often, then this tip is for you.
Occasionally I run into the situation when I start adding a new node that contains a Node Reference field only to get half-way through before realizing that the node I want to reference doesn't exist yet. At that point I have to stop what I'm doing, open a new browser window, create the node I want to reference, then reload the original node's "add" form. What a hassle.
If your client is being very picky about the titles of certain pages, especially views, you may find yourself needing to write some code to set the title at the theme level. This is normally fine, since Drupal 6 has some great hooks, like hook_preprocess_page() and its cousins for blocks, nodes, and user profiles.