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Video: Exporting themes

Now we have reached one of the easiest parts of Drupal Gardens, but it's also one of the most useful: that is, exporting themes you have created in the Theme Builder. I have mentioned elsewhere in this course how hard it is to create Drupal themes the traditional way. You get a lot more control, but you need some specialized knowledge of PHP programming, as well as Drupal's unique theming system. If you create a theme in Drupal Gardens and then export it, you don't need any of that. In this video I will show you two things: how to export the theme and how to use it in the standard Drupal installation outside of Drupal Gardens.
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  1. 29m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 39s
    2. Previewing the finished project
      1m 29s
    3. What's new in the late 2011 update?
      5m 28s
    4. What is Drupal?
      5m 8s
    5. What is Drupal Gardens?
      5m 57s
    6. Getting started with Drupal Gardens
      5m 35s
    7. Getting help
      4m 1s
    8. Using the exercise files
      39s
  2. 17m 40s
    1. Using the administrative overlay
      2m 54s
    2. Using the dashboard, toolbar, and shortcut bar
      5m 36s
    3. Touring the newly created site
      3m 55s
    4. Configuring the site
      5m 15s
  3. 59m 47s
    1. Creating and managing content
      11m 11s
    2. Creating and managing content types
      10m 35s
    3. Embedding YouTube videos and other media
      4m 5s
    4. Subscribing to RSS feeds
      4m 49s
    5. Categorizing RSS feeds
      5m 1s
    6. Managing tags and taxonomies
      5m 50s
    7. Creating dynamic pages with simple views
      4m 29s
    8. Creating complex information collections with Views
      8m 59s
    9. Creating image galleries
      4m 48s
  4. 37m 50s
    1. Working with blocks
      10m 26s
    2. Setting up rotating banners
      7m 45s
    3. Understanding menus
      7m 27s
    4. Setting up contact forms
      7m 7s
    5. Adding and removing functionality
      5m 5s
  5. 54m 54s
    1. Managing users
      6m 28s
    2. Adjusting user permissions
      6m 35s
    3. Managing comments
      7m 7s
    4. Slowing spam
      5m 20s
    5. Starting discussion forums
      9m 3s
    6. Creating blogs
      4m 41s
    7. Setting up mailing lists
      4m 50s
    8. Allowing users to rate content
      4m 21s
    9. Using best practices for online clubs
      6m 29s
  6. 44m 35s
    1. Getting feedback with webforms
      6m 14s
    2. Publishing RSS feeds
      6m 40s
    3. Taking advantage of social media
      9m 33s
    4. Emphasizing external links
      2m 44s
    5. Improving search engine optimization (SEO)
      7m 30s
    6. Internationalizing sites
      8m 6s
    7. Tracking site usage with Google Analytics
      3m 48s
  7. 34m 40s
    1. Understanding Drupal themes
      5m 44s
    2. Understanding the Theme Builder
      5m 25s
    3. Switching, saving, and copying themes
      7m 13s
    4. Introducing custom CSS
      6m 51s
    5. Refining selections in the Theme Builder
      5m 48s
    6. Exporting themes
      3m 39s
  8. 48m 31s
    1. Changing the site's color palette
      2m 32s
    2. Changing the site's main logo and favicon
      5m 22s
    3. Changing the column number and arrangement
      5m 7s
    4. Adding background colors and images
      6m 29s
    5. Changing element spacing and borders
      6m 11s
    6. Adjusting typography
      4m 24s
    7. Using fonts from outside sources
      5m 7s
    8. Inserting raw CSS code into themes
      6m 57s
    9. Adding visual effects with JavaScript libraries
      6m 22s
  9. 14m 18s
    1. Finessing theme design
      7m 51s
    2. Eight ideas for modifying themes
      6m 27s
  10. 23m 38s
    1. Monitoring sites
      4m 11s
    2. Duplicating and deleting sites
      4m 23s
    3. Adding custom domains
      3m 48s
    4. Using exported sites outside of Drupal Gardens
      3m 46s
    5. Hosting exported Drupal Gardens sites
      7m 30s
  11. 51s
    1. Goodbye
      51s

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Drupal Gardens Essential Training
6h 6m Appropriate for all Jan 05, 2011 Updated Nov 10, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Creating and managing content and content types
  • Embedding videos and other media
  • Publishing and subscribing to RSS feeds
  • Setting up blocks, banners, menus, and forms
  • Allowing users to rate content
  • Managing comments and spam
  • Tracking site usage
  • Collecting feedback with web forms
  • Duplicating and deleting sites
  • Adding custom domains
  • Changing the site's main logo and favicon
  • Adding visual effects with JavaScript libraries
Subjects:
Web CMS
Software:
Drupal Gardens
Author:
Tom Geller

Exporting themes

Now we have reached one of the easiest parts of Drupal Gardens, but it's also one of the most useful: that is, exporting themes you have created in the Theme Builder. I have mentioned elsewhere in this course how hard it is to create Drupal themes the traditional way. You get a lot more control, but you need some specialized knowledge of PHP programming, as well as Drupal's unique theming system. If you create a theme in Drupal Gardens and then export it, you don't need any of that. In this video I will show you two things: how to export the theme and how to use it in the standard Drupal installation outside of Drupal Gardens.

For this latter part I have already installed Drupal on my computer after downloading it from drupal.org. If you want to follow along at home and need to learn how to do that, watch the installation section of my lynda.com series "Drupal Essential Training." It will have to be the latest version of Drupal though, in order to be compatible with the theme that you export from Drupal Gardens. To get started in Drupal Gardens, we click Appearance to bring up the Theme Builder. I will just quickly make sure that I know which theme I am exporting. Yes, it's exp_cal_03, which is one of the themes that I created. It's in My themes, and good: it has that red box around it.

So I just go up and click Export. I am going to call this "explorecalifornia" and click OK. Drupal Gardens takes a moment to package up the theme and then offers to save it to your download location. I click OK and there it is. It's now in your download location in a compressed format. If you want to learn how to uncompress them, see Garrick Chow's computer literacy courses also on lynda.com. I have already uncompressed it on my computer and taken it out of the folders that it was contained in, because when you download it, it actually ends up contained in two or three folders.

What I end up with is the theme itself, with the name acq_ and the name I gave it, explorecalifornia. If you double-click it, you will see that it's just like any other theme. It has CSS files, PHP files, and up here, the info file. If you want to learn more about how to change these files, see the course by Chris Charlton about designing Drupal themes. Then it's a simple matter of installing it. You do that in the standard way.

I am going to do this the old-fashioned way. I will open up my drupal folder here, go down to sites, open up the all folder and the themes folder, and just drag it in. Now when we go back to our core Drupal site, I can look at the themes page by clicking Appearance. Now remember, this is a core Drupal, not Drupal Gardens, so it brings up this screen. Scroll to the bottom and there it is, explorecalifornia. I will enable it and set default, close out the overlay, give it a moment to redraw, and there it is.

You know, when Acquia first announced development of the Theme Builder in Drupal Gardens, I had no idea they would allow theme exporting like this. And you think about it, it's a pretty gutsy thing of them to do. A greedier corporate decision would be to let you create these terrific themes in Drupal Gardens, but then not give you a way to take them with you when you leave, thereby forcing you to stay a Drupal Gardens customer. But instead they followed a more open source ethic, and I say, good for them. Once you have exported the theme, you might of course want to modify it further, perhaps in ways that Drupal Gardens doesn't allow, such as using PHP to change page logic. To do that I recommend once again the lynda.com course, "Drupal: Creating and Editing Custom Themes."

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