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Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 4:40pm

Continuing our six-part Drupal 8 webinar series is Kendall Totten.

In this presentation, Kendall walks through the priorities outlined by the D8 mobile initiative team and what has been accomplished so far. Being a content management system, it's vital that editing content is easy, and basic site administration tasks are achievable via mobile devices. See how admin menus are now mobile friendly, what potential solutions are on the horizon for responsive images, and how breakpoints are no longer restricted to the theme only. Since performance is also important to mobile users, Kendall also covers how CSS and Javascript are being optimized in Drupal 8. 

Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 10:56am

If you're familiar with Sass, you're probably well aware of the Breakpoint mixin and it's awesomeness. It's a tool that makes using media queries extremely easy. Instead of having to break up your CSS into large chunks by breakpoint or even into separate stylesheets, you can organize your CSS by base elements, layout, module, state, or theme. Note that these terms are not Drupal terms, for more information on how to categorize your Sass, check out the SMACSS e-book by Jonathan Snook and also this handy SMACSS template.

Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 3:40pm

The Omega Drupal 7 Base Theme is a highly configurable HTML5/960 grid base theme that uses built-in media queries to make the site responsive. Each zone, or group of regions, can be configured for content-driven layouts that reformat depending on the device’s screen size.

Mediacurrent recently partnered with Acquia to record this webinar. In it Kendall explains the theory behind Omega's mobile-first approach, helping achieve best results whether on desktop, tablet or smartphone.

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Monday, April 22, 2013 - 10:04am

The AdaptiveTheme for Drupal 7 is a great HTML5 base theme that makes it easy to build out a responsive website quickly. It comes with a plethora of built-in extensions and polyfills to combat differences in browsers, devices and operating systems. It also expands on the basic idea of "smartphones" and "tablets" to include portrait and landscape versions of each.

If you are accustomed to editing the Drupal template files to control the layout of your theme, you can do what you've always done. The difference is that AdaptiveTheme has some built-in options to rearrange sidebar and content regions on mobile devices.

Friday, February 8, 2013 - 11:31am

Last night I was working on a project where the mockups called for some assymetrical button shapes that were all different sizes. Rather than creating a half a dozen background images for each button length, I wondered if I might just use an SVG or Scalable Vector Graphic file as the background which I could then stretch as needed. As you know, there's no penalty of pixelation when stretching SVGs because they are not based on pixels. This would also save a lot of load time on the site, as I can load one vector image instead of half a dozen pixel-based images. 

Friday, December 7, 2012 - 3:59pm

There are a lot of ways to handle navigation in general, because “best practices” for mobile are still being sorted out. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution because everyone has different needs for their site, and their menus are organized differently.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 11:47am

At various Omega presentations I've given at Drupalcamps and in blog posts I've written, people have asked me about responsive menu options. Brad Frost has outlined some great options for responsive menus, and I'd encourage you to do your research since it's a always a good idea to review what your options are before deciding on a particular path.

Monday, September 10, 2012 - 11:02am

The Omega Drupal 7 Base Theme is a highly configurable HTML5/960 grid base theme that uses built-in media queries to make the site responsive. Each zone (group of regions) can be configured for content-first layouts, that resize and rearrange themselves depending on the screen size of the user's device.

The presentation will walk-through the theory behind Omega's mobile-first approach, how to use the many configuration options on the theme settings page, and pitfalls to avoid.

Experience level: Intermediate

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 10:21am

Maybe you already know by now that mobile web is important. There are now more than 100 million smartphone users in the U.S. and the percentage of overall web traffic that comes from mobile users just doubled in 2011. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 1:36pm

Last Friday the Drupal community in Tampa enjoyed our third Drupal Co-Working Event at Tampa Bay WaVE. It was slightly smaller than in past months, but in some ways, this worked better in my humble opinion. For me, it has been a challenge in the past to stay focused and to get a lot of real work done. With less people though, the environment felt calmer and even a bit quieter.