Drupal: Add Body Class when Tabs are displayed

I had the urge to style various elements differently in case tabs (the ones generated by menu_local_tasks) are present on the page. Out of the box $tabs array isn't available in html.tpl.php so I had to implement ' hook_preprocess_html' and add my desired class to my array of body classes. Yay!

function THEMENAME_preprocess_html(&$vars, $hook) {
  // Make tabs available on html tpl
  $vars['tabs'] = menu_local_tabs();
  // if we have primary tabs, add an accoring body class
  if (!empty($vars['tabs']['#primary'])) {
    $vars['classes_array'][] = 'has-tabs';

Unmaintainable Block Admin Page in Drupal

When you have more than 100 Blocks things get messy on Drupal’s Block Admin Interface. If you ever went crazy because of weird issues when dragging and dropping blocks to change their weight and/or region you probably have hit Drupal’s internal limit of handling weights from -50 to +50 or otherwise said, 100 items.

It can be fixed by setting the variable drupal_weight_select_max to a higher value. This can be done in various ways, here’s how its implemented in a deploy script.

function dgm_deploy_update_7011() {
  variable_set('drupal_weight_select_max', 250);

Remove fields form content type programatically

Say you want to remove the body field from the page content type. Putting this code inside an updatescript will get the job done. Remember not to use field_delete_field() if you're not sure if you still want to use the field anywhere else. It's way safer to rely on field_delete_instance. Setting the second parameter to TRUE means it's automatically going to clean up the field anyway if it is found to be the last instance.

$instance = field_info_instance('node', 'body', 'page');
field_delete_instance($instance, TRUE);

Generate new Drupal 7 Password Hash

If you find yourself locked out of your own Drupal installation and are unlucky enough to not receive any password-restore emails (or your server not being able to send them) you need to set a new password directly in the database. As Drupal stores a salted sha512 hash (and no plain passwords, of course) you need to encrypt your new password before you can store it in your database.

To do this you can either use the Shell script called password-hash.sh provided in the scripts folder of any Drupal installation. In case you don't have access to a shell you can also use the user_hash_password function in PHP:

This could be put in your index.php temporarily after bootstrapping Drupal. After visiting your site a string will be displayed. Replace your admin's password in the users table in the database with that string and you can now log in with YourNewPassword.

require_once 'includes/password.inc';
echo user_hash_password('YourNewPassword'); 

Override Superfish's Mobile Menu Trigger in Drupal

The Superfish integration for Drupal works nicely for all kinds of menus from Mega Dropdowns down to Mobile. What bothered me with Superfish's Mobile Menu implementation is that the Button that opens the Mobile Accordion (.sf-accordion-toggle) is always named after the name of the actual menu and normally can't be overridden.

One possible approach to overcome this is using plain CSS to hide the span and place something different inside the link tag using the content property. I don't like that idea too much so instead I tried figuring out how to change this with JavaScript. Turned out it's not possible to simply selecting the DOM element and changing its value because the original value gets re-assigned anytime you resize you browser windows. What does work is overriding the Superfish behavior. I just copied it over from superfish.js form the Superfish Module into my theme's JS and there I set my desire value, like so: options.plugins.smallscreen.title = '<i class="glyphicon glyphicon-menu-hamburger "/><span>Menü</span>';

Here's the entire function:

Let Drupal Editors Pick a Color and use it in Template

I'm currently working on an image slider where each slide needs to have its own background color.

Letting editors choose a color is easy with the Color Field Module. Just install it, throw the Spectrum Color Picker into your libraries folder and add and configure a Color Field where ever it's needed. You can then simply access the user-entered color as a hex string in your template and use it to your liking (yea, that's one of the rare times where it's ok to use inline style, at least in my book).

Convert Hexadecimal Color Values to RGBa

I needed my color to have alpha transparency, however, the color value is only available as a hexadecimal string. Luckily I found this handy snippet to convert hex values to RGB(a), so thanks a lot to mekshq for sharing.

Just put it into your template.php and you're good to to to use hex2rgba() anywhere in your theme.

Drupal: Insert JavaScript for Every Page except Front Page

Just a quick reminder for myself how to simply load an asset only if a certain condition is true.

In template.php we need to implement template_preprocess_page() check our condition and load our script using drupal_add_js():

function MYTHEME_preprocess_page(&$vars) {
  // if we're NOT on the front page load a script from the currently active default theme
  if (!$vars['is_front']) {
    $active_theme = drupal_get_path('theme',$GLOBALS['theme']);