Featured Drupal Module: Taxonomy Image

By - Tyme

I love clients who are always thinking "what more can we do to enhance our website?" To which I can think back, "And how can I make Drupal do what you want super efficiently?" Enter the Taxonomy Image module.

screenshot of taxonomy image module in action

My favorite case study client, Overseas Press Club of America, sends (as necessary) letters to country dignitaries in protest of unlawful or unethical treatment of journalists in their countries. They wanted each letter "reprinted" on the website to be accompanied by a thumbnail image of the respective country's flag. You can see their feed to the left.

With Taxonomy Image module by my side, I set out to hook up hundreds of little flag pictures with their wordy mates. An upfront investment of time, but one with a short-term and long-term payoff. Think of the time and space that would be wasted to upload the thumbnail image for each article!

screenshot of taxonomy image module

For general content organization, a taxonomy vocabulary had been created for "country", with associated a term for each individual country. Next, it was simply a matter of adding the companion image -- quick and straightforward from the taxonomy term add/edit form. Making use of taxonomy's recursive property, you also can link an image to multiple "child" terms of a vocabulary.

screenshot of taxonomy image module

Configuring the Module

Once you have installed the Taxonomy Image module, several configuration options are available. While the above-referenced use of the module is somewhat derivative, when you think about how tags normally are displayed for content nodes, the options will make more sense.

For example, you might have a travel site that list hotels, for which you'd like to display icons for hotel features (pool, restaurant, gym, non-smoking rooms, etc.). A typical theme might display these "tags" as text links at the end a post. From the Link Alter tab, you can specify whether to show image only or text and image, and whether the term name or description will be used for the mouseover tool tip. Also, on this set of options, you can specify which content types should display a taxonomy image at all. If you have the ImageCache module installed, you will be able to select a thumbnail preset that dictates the image size and resizing policy.

screenshot of taxonomy image module configuration options

screenshot of taxonomy image module configuration options

Another nice feature is the choice to show/hide the taxonomy image on the teaser and the full node independently -- options found on the Node Display tab.

screenshot of taxonomy image module configuration options

Views Integration

If you are Views savvy, you will find the implementation of taxonomy images straightforward, as shown in this example.

screenshot of taxonomy image module configuration options

screenshot of taxonomy image module configuration options


Taxonomy Image module is another handy, lightweight module from developer NancyDru (a/k/a Nancy Wichmann). One of those modules you might not have thought that you need, but that offers some interesting possibilities. Let your imagination run a bit and share your creative ideas! (Cloud tag of sponsors or sports team logos, perhaps?)

Tyme is a freelance writer and multimedia specialist of many years. She likes walks in the park, cotton candy, and baby ducks. To learn more: MultimediaByTyme.com.

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