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Changing your theme's graphics

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Video: Changing your theme's graphics

Drupal's web based interface lets you change a few basic bits of your site's appearance through the theme administration page. But sometimes, you want to keep a theme's basic layout and typography, but just change a few of the graphics it came with. I found that's often the case when I download third-party themes. Note that you'll need right level access to your server folder where the Drupal installation is location. If you don't have that already, talk with your system administrator before going forward. The first thing that we're going to do is we're going to switch to another theme. We'll go up to Administer and Themes and the one we'll select is called Pushbutton.

Changing your theme's graphics

Drupal's web based interface lets you change a few basic bits of your site's appearance through the theme administration page. But sometimes, you want to keep a theme's basic layout and typography, but just change a few of the graphics it came with. I found that's often the case when I download third-party themes. Note that you'll need right level access to your server folder where the Drupal installation is location. If you don't have that already, talk with your system administrator before going forward. The first thing that we're going to do is we're going to switch to another theme. We'll go up to Administer and Themes and the one we'll select is called Pushbutton.

We're going to use this one because I happened to know that it contains a lot of additional graphics including some that we can change. Go to Save configuration and there we are, this is the Pushbutton theme. You see at the beginning of every block, we have this little arrow up here and I want to replace that with something a little bit more colorful. So, that's what we're going to do. To do so, we have to go to the Drupal installation directory. I go over here, click on Finder and go down to hide others, so I can see my desktop. I already have my Drupal folder open here. For me, that's in the Sites directory, but for you, it will be wherever you first install Drupal. I also have opened the folder that contains the Exercise Files. This is the graphic that we're going to use in place of the one I just pointed out.

Let's go back to our Drupal installation directory and find all of the files that make up that theme. You'll find them in themes, Pushbutton. Then to make this a little bit easier to figure out, we'll sort by type of file, right up here. Make the window a little larger, so we can see everything. Since it's sorted by type of file, all of the cascading Style Sheets for example are in one place, all of the graphics are in one place and all of the PHP files that describe pages within this theme are in one place.

Looking around, I just graphically see, ah! That looks like the one that I want. Let's see if there's any other that looks like that. No, that appears to be the one I want. We could just do this by trial and error, by dragging this into its place. But I'm going to show you another way to figure out, if that's actually the graphic that you want. To do so, we go back to our Drupal administration. On the Mac, I'm doing that by hitting Command+Tab and going back to the web browser. We're going to look at this page in its source, we know that this graphic is right next to the word Admin which is right above the phrase My Account. We go up to View and View Source, wherever it is on your browser and then I'll just quickly do a find by hitting Command+F or Ctrl+F and search for that phrase, My Accounts.

Aha! Now we see here that admin is between some H3 tags, I'm going to guess that that's actually the tag that controls whether or not that little graphic appears. If you're good with CSS, you may want to dig further as it happens, I've researched this one already and I know that that's the place. We'll close that out and then go back to our Finder. Hide everything else and take a look at the CSS files that make up this theme. Scroll down until we find it, there they are at the bottom. In every theme, you'll have one main CSS file called style.css. In this particular theme, you also have style-rtl. That means right to left, for when people are using an alphabet that goes from right to left such as Hebrew. We'll open this up in a Text Editor and now I'm going to search for that H3 tag and see if that's where the graphic actually is.

I hit Command or Ctrl+F, type in H3 and find the next one. Well, we don't see any graphic showing here, so let's find the one after that. We don't see any graphics there, so we keep going. Aha ! Here we have a graphic showing up, icon-block.png. Is that the same one we identified before? Scrolling up to see it, yes it is. We throw that away either by dragging it to the trash or on the PC, right clicking and choosing Delete.

We then go down to the graphic we have and give it the name that we need, in this case icon-block.png. Very good, now let's go back to our site and see if that change actually took place. All we need to do is reload the page and Walla! We've changed the little graphic. The same is true for the other graphics on the site. It may take a little bit of detective work to figure out what the graphics are, but once you can do that, you can change pretty much anything you see in any theme on Drupal.

Before we finish, I'm going to go back and change our theme back to Bluemarine. We save the configuration and we're back where we started. The last step in the process is to play with the results until you like what you see. Ultimately, you might decide that you need a completely different base theme or a different configuration of the theme you have. But now you have all the tools that you need to change your theme and its graphics.

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Drupal 6 Essential Training

66 video lessons · 31662 viewers

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  1. 4m 38s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. Using the example files
      3m 48s
  2. 28m 55s
    1. Drupal is a CMS
      7m 43s
    2. Choosing Drupal
      5m 32s
    3. Checking Drupal's requirements
      4m 26s
    4. Understanding the inner workings of Drupal
      4m 35s
    5. Meeting the Drupal community
      6m 39s
  3. 11m 28s
    1. Learning key terms in Drupal
      5m 20s
    2. Touring Drupal's interface
      6m 8s
  4. 34m 35s
    1. Installing WAMP and Drupal on Windows
      9m 41s
    2. Installing MAMP
      4m 34s
    3. Setting up the database on a Mac
      2m 2s
    4. Downloading and installing Drupal on a Mac
      6m 37s
    5. Troubleshooting installation problems
      3m 49s
    6. Automating updates with cron
      7m 52s
  5. 25m 37s
    1. Setting up clean URLs
      5m 52s
    2. Backing up your Drupal site
      3m 31s
    3. Restoring your Drupal site from backup
      4m 19s
    4. Wiping your Drupal installation clean
      2m 7s
    5. Updating Drupal
      9m 48s
  6. 15m 37s
    1. Using the Administration menu
      6m 21s
    2. Setting site information
      4m 50s
    3. Setting the theme
      4m 26s
  7. 35m 8s
    1. Understanding security and permissions
      7m 2s
    2. Controlling site access with user management
      3m 39s
    3. Creating users
      7m 58s
    4. Setting user profiles
      9m 40s
    5. Creating contact forms
      6m 49s
  8. 19m 19s
    1. Creating your site's basic info pages
      7m 13s
    2. Understanding page layout
      5m 40s
    3. Creating a flexible layout with blocks
      6m 26s
  9. 15m 35s
    1. Monitoring performance
      4m 52s
    2. Recovering from disasters
      7m 37s
    3. Improving administration skills
      3m 6s
  10. 41m 3s
    1. Understanding nodes
      6m 50s
    2. Creating basic content: Stories and pages
      7m 9s
    3. Enabling other content types
      9m 22s
    4. Adding blogs
      3m 49s
    5. Adding forums
      6m 56s
    6. Adding polls
      6m 57s
  11. 34m 50s
    1. Exploring content categories
      7m 45s
    2. Exchanging content via RSS
      9m 47s
    3. Using input filters
      7m 41s
    4. Managing comments
      9m 37s
  12. 38m 5s
    1. Configuring your theme
      11m 27s
    2. Changing your theme's graphics
      4m 59s
    3. Finding and installing a new theme
      8m 56s
    4. Understanding Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
      5m 56s
    5. Deciphering CSS files
      6m 47s
  13. 22m 41s
    1. Finding modules
      6m 53s
    2. Unpacking and installing modules
      6m 30s
    3. Configuring modules
      3m 50s
    4. Implementing complex modules
      5m 28s
  14. 32m 12s
    1. Ensuring automated updates with poormanscron
      3m 11s
    2. Defining custom content types with CCK
      12m 54s
    3. Stopping spam using a CAPTCHA
      10m 43s
    4. Using a WYSIWYG text editor
      5m 24s
  15. 22m 18s
    1. Getting around with multilevel menus
      7m 26s
    2. Building custom menus
      5m 42s
    3. Creating easy-to-navigate books
      9m 10s
  16. 20m 19s
    1. Changing page templates with PHP
      8m 15s
    2. Using PHP in content
      5m 20s
    3. Implementing PHP snippets
      6m 44s
  17. 10m 15s
    1. Launching your site
      5m 52s
    2. Joining the Drupal community
      4m 23s
  18. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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