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Author Tom Geller demonstrates how to create and publish a complete web site with the powerful tools in Acquia's hosted service, Drupal Gardens. The course shows how to leverage the pre-built page layouts and add custom styling using the ThemeBuilder tool; integrate rich site features, such as surveys, user ratings, and media galleries; and push content to Twitter and Facebook. The course also covers transitioning from a Drupal Gardens site to a self-hosted Drupal site. Exercise files are included with the course.
One small thing you can do to make your site's design fit its content better is to change its color palette. Drupal Gardens offers a choice of designer- selected sets of colors that go together well. You can always apply your own colors to individual elements. You learned a little bit a about that in the video about refining selections in the Theme Builder and you'll learn more about it in two other videos about adjusting typography and adding background colors and images. But I find the best way to start is with one of Drupal Gardens built-in color palettes.
To go there, click Appearance and then Brand. As I briefly showed before, you just click on any one of these, and it changes the entire site's look. There is quite a bright look, and it changes different parts of the site. It might change the background color; it changes this navigation bar; this search that changes the color a little bit; and so on. But mostly I am looking for something basic without that bright orange that was in the original theme. I have looked around a little bit, and I kind of this Kenwood look, especially for California, which has woodsy feel.
I will then save it and publish it. I think I will save that as exp_cal_kenwood_01. Okay. Then once that's done, I will publish it, so that this is what the world sees. For most Drupal Gardens themes, changes in color palette mostly affect highlight color on a site--that is, the text and borders and rules. You can make much bigger impact by changing the background color or by replacing it with the graphic. We won't show that in this video; instead, you will learn how to do it in the video "Changing Background Colors and Images." And that's all there is to it.
Now I have to admit that I am pretty ignorant about color theory, but when the colors are wrong, I just know. I expect business sites to have muted blues and greens instead of bright clown- like colors, for example. That implies money and suits, whereas gaming sites should have bright colors and a black background. These are just some of the standards that have grown up on the web, and Drupal Gardens helps you follow those standards. If you want a really delve into what makes good color usage though, I recommend the lynda.com course "Working With Color" and certainly just poke around the palettes that Drupal Gardens offers.
Most importantly, as you do that, is to keep an eye on how the colors fit your content, including such corporate identity items such as logos and illustrations.
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