Tutorials

Custom GMap Solution for Dynamically Updated Markers (Part 1) (Drupal 6)

I recently upgraded OffRoadAtlas.com with a custom map interface based on the GMap module. I was able to do this while leaving the GMap module is virtually un-hacked (with the exception of modifying the "GMAP_API_VERSION" variable) - all of the customizations were made via an additional "helper" module that was written specifically for this site.

Drupal Theming: $path vs. base_path and path_to_theme

When developing Drupal themes, there is one bit of code you type over and over again:

sites/all/themes/blueprint/images/whatever.jpg

Where images/whatever.jpg could be a css file, or other file, but is normally an image.

However, since clean URLs in Drupal appear to make fake directories, the web browser thinks your image is located in:

node/345/sites/all/themes/blueprint/images/whatever.jpg

When it's not. Luckily Drupal has tools to help you in this case.

Using Views 2 and Drupal 6 to Create a Related Pages Block

Today's question comes from Dale at NFi Studios in Orlando, FL - my home town:

Essentially:, what i'm trying to do is
1. Determine the current nodes taxonomy terms
2. Determine all other pages that share taxonomy terms
3. Display the title (and link) to those pages in a block

Using Drupal 6.2 and Views - Looked at a few modules, but nothing quite
exact - Reviewing some module snippets right now to see if I can
potentially use an argument to do it.

Using AWK to Download and Unpack Drupal Modules

Security Update RequiredWhen installing a new Drupal site (or when your list of available updates gets nice and long), you'll often have to download tons of modules, unpack them, and copy all of the resulting directories to your sites/all/modules directory. Personally, I'm not a fan of all the clicking, downloading, unzipping and most of all waiting!

Today I finally settled on a workflow that gets the job done, and it's called the UNIX command line. If your server doesn't use some flavor of UNIX or Linux, or if your web host doesn't allow you shell access, you may want to stop reading after the next paragraph.

Editing HTML around Displayed View Fields: Views Theme Wizard

Question #2 also comes to us via our Facebook forum

Modifying existing views.

Michael Blake (Orlando, FL) wrote on Jan 24, 2008 at 12:08 PM.

I'm working on an existing Drupal application that has a custom Content Type. This includes some custom fields. When I change a custom field, such as add markup before and after it, This does not appear in my views. I think it's because my Views have been exported.

However if I change the .php files in the themes directory directly on the server, I get what I want. My question is , if I go about it this way, can someone else come along export a view and erase my changes? Or do I need to re-export every time I make a change?

Thanks.

XML Sitemap not associated with pathauto url aliases

This question comes to us from our Facebook forum. It feels good to answer, because this is the first of many questions we'll be answering here on the site.

Some Help I need (XML Sitemap)

wrote on Jan 8, 2008 at 5:52 PM.

So right now, I've been trying to fix an issue I have on my website. I imported everything I had from WordPress (posts, comments, categories/tags, etc), and then I installed the pathauto and the XML Sitemap modules. The problem I'm having is that XML Sitemap is producing a sitemap with every link in terms of nodes rather than the aliases my pages now have, and I would strongly prefer it to use the aliases. My NEW content is being included in the sitemap using aliases, but all the previously imported content is in the node format.

You can look at my sitemap if you're not sure what I mean, is http://omareduardo.com/sitemap.xml

Thanks for any help!
-Omar