07/31/2012 - 00:17

Basically, gallery is designed to showcase products with visual attractions. The first type of product in our mind is images, from photographers. They could be also paintings, products, services or portfolio items. They all have a special requirement in common, the showcase images and effects must be outstanding.

I have created the first Drupal gallery theme 3 years ago, as requested from a friend of mine. Although Wordpress has many awesome tools for gallery effects, but for Drupal lovers, we can still build great Drupal gallery sites using contributed modules from the Drupal.org community such as Galleria, Gallerific, Views Slideshow, Colorbox and etc... 

In this article, I collect and present our 5 best Drupal gallery themes at Symphony Themes.

1. Jarana

ST Jarana is our latest gallery theme, based on Drupal 7. The first attractive point of Jarana is the sliding photo albums. The second one is the Galleria effect for photo displaying.

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05/27/2012 - 23:54

ST Piccolo is our Drupal 7 commerce theme in May 2012. Using curved border menu with square edge product images, the theme combines two contrast styles in one layout. It looks slick but still preserve a clean region for product display. The theme is powered by Drupal Commerce and available for 4 different device screens: smartphones, tablets, laptops and big screen computers.

Demonstration

See the demo here: Drupal theme ST Piccolo demo

Drupal theme ST Piccolo demo

Features

Here are Piccolo's feature:

  • Drupal 7.x responsive with Commerce.
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict, CSS 2.0 Valid
  • 6 Regions
  • 6 Colors
  • Install profile - install website with just few clicks
  • Customize using Theme Settings
  • Professional Typography
  • SEO tools:...
05/01/2012 - 22:44

ST Tanpura is a nice Drupal 7 theme for education and organization. The theme includes typical features of an educational institue such as Events, News and Photo Gallery. With 6 color combinations, it perfectly fits your purpose of seeking a beautiful theme for your schools.

Demonstration

See the demo here: Drupal theme ST Tanpura demo

Drupal theme ST Tanpura demo

Features

Here are Tanpura's feature:

  • Drupal 7.x responsive with Commerce.
  • Responsive displays: smartphones, tablets, laptops and computers.
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict, CSS 2.0 Valid
  • 6 Regions
  • 6 Colors
  • Install profile - install website with just few clicks
  • Customize using Theme Settings
  • Professio...
04/04/2012 - 22:20

ST Veena is a beautiful Drupal Commerce theme for fashion online stores. The theme attracts from the first sight with catching slideshow. Products are easily navigated using the left menu. And with all features of typical Symphony Drupal 7 themes, it has 6 color options and fits to any mobile devices.

Demonstration

See the demo here: Drupal theme ST Veena demo

Drupal theme ST Veena demo

Features

Here are Veena's feature:

  • Drupal 7.x responsive with Commerce.
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict, CSS 2.0 Valid
  • 6 Regions
  • 6 Colors
  • Install profile - install website with just few clicks
  • Customize using Theme Settings
  • Professional Typography
  • SEO tools: autopath, meta tag, Google Analytics, page title.
  • ...
03/26/2012 - 22:49

This project is a joint work between Symphony Themes and Octopus Video a Drupal social video management platform.

Octopus is the web’s premier 100% open source video hosting and delivering platform. Based on the Drupal platform, Octopus offers services to video contents, providing support for video uploads, enabling you to convert to web-compatible formats for playback in Flash or HTML5, and it’s even compatible for playback on mobile devices like the iPhone, iPad, Android and other mobile setups, or share through social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.

Octopus provides the most thorough feature set of any video hosting and delivering platform. With such a feature-rich platform, any developer can easily manage everything from Video Podcasts to video blogging and much, much more.

Octopus runs on the Drupal platform with video module, developed by Heshan. It is hosted in Drupal.org at http://drupal.org/project/video, also maintained on Github at https://github.com/heidisoft/Octopus

A few months ago, we have worked with Octopus Video to produce the first theme for its...

03/06/2012 - 05:32

Last week many of our theme demonstration sites were not working. Users only saw a blank screen with "Fatal error" or "Warning messages". Thanks Hennie who reminded me about this issue.

The reason was our mistake when carrying out the Drupal update process. After update the Drupal core with the latest package Drupal 7.12, we forgot to run the /update.php script. That is quite amateur I know, sorry about that.

When you use our themes, we have include the Drupal core and contributed modules with our packages. When Drupal and those modules release new versions, you will need to update them. So I think it is good to provide a guideline for updating Drupal and Drupal modules because you will be frequently using it.

Drupal update guide

1. Backup

First, backup your Drupal site. Play it safe. If anything goes wrong, you do not lose anything.

  • Backup database: We include the backup_migrate module with the installation profile so it will be out-of-the-box for use. Just go to /admin/config/system/backup_migrate and hit "Backup now".
  • ...
01/30/2012 - 11:57

This is a repost from Tuthanh's blog, the founder of Symphony Themes. The original article is available at: http://tuthanh.com/blog/be-proud-when-you-are-small

What do you think when your team is down from 10+ to 2? Move from a 100m2 office full of office equipments to a 20m2 simple one?

I started the 2011 year with a large office, a team of 10 staffs including developers, designers and an accountant, chasing a dream of becoming a large technology company with different cool products. After a year, I have 2 permanent staffs including me, moved to a much smaller office and focus on one or two projects only.

Many people call it a setback. I call it an advantage.

In these recent weeks, I still wonder can I continue this stuff for long. In everybody's mind, you look great when you have more people. When people ask you about your company size, I reply "20-30 staffs", they often say "Wow, great". Now I say "2 staffs", they say something to show their politeness.

And when I read the 37signal's book "Rework", it eases my mind. It said:

"Don't be insecure about aiming to be a small business. Anyone who runs a business that's sustainable and profitable, whether it's big or small, should be proud."

Yes, why...

01/25/2012 - 22:36

ST Shamisen is our complete Drupal 7 photography theme. Designed with the usability in mind, we provide photographers with neccessary tools: a blog to write articles, a gallery section to post photos, social network icons, a block to advertise for their products such as photography courses or selling books. The blog section is one of the mosting highlighted parts of the website with eye catching design.

Demonstration

See the demo here: Drupal theme ST Shamisen demo

ST Shamisen demo

Features

Here are Shamisen's feature:

  • Drupal 7.x
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict, CSS 2.0 Valid
  • 6 Regions
  • 6 Colors
  • Install profile - install website with just few clicks
  • Customize using Theme Settings
  • Professional Typography
  • SEO tools: autopath, meta tag, Google Analytics, page title.
  • Manage unlimited photos and...