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Drupal 7: Creating and Editing Custom Themes shows the tools and techniques needed to build custom web sites with Drupal. Author Chaz Chumley introduces Drupal theme administration and takes a look at basic theming concepts, such as templates, regions, and variables. The course explores how Drupal default themes are configured and structured and how to install and edit a theme. The course also explores the tools a designer needs to create a Drupal 7 theme, using HTML, CSS, PHP, and Drupal templates, or migrate an existing Drupal 6 theme to Drupal 7. Exercise files are included with this course.
Drupal's Appearance interface allows you as an administrator to configure various features specific to an individual theme, as well as global features used by all themes. Enabling or disabling the display of a certain page element such as the site name and logo or enabling which navigation menus are available, and many other options will be explored. Let's take a look at the Appearance interface. We were there previously to enable and disable themes, but there is also another section here called Settings.
By clicking on Settings either from the theme or from the top tab will jump us into the Settings interface. We have Global settings and we have theme specific settings. Global settings allow us to toggle the display which in turn enables or disables the display of certain page elements such as the logo and site name, as well as on a per theme basis. So click on Bartik, and I see right at the top some other additional theme features that are specific to this theme.
But, if I scroll down to the bottom, I see the Toggle Display that I saw back on the Global settings page. Let's disable the logo. Simply uncheck the logo checkbox and click on Save configuration. Close the Appearance interface and we will notice that the Drupal drop which was the site's logo for the Bartik theme has disappeared. To turn it back on, simply navigate back to the Appearance interface, the settings for Bartik, scroll down to the logo, check the checkbox for logo, and click Save configuration, close the Appearance interface, and like magic, the site logo is back.
There are some other things that you may not know where they've been moved to. For instance, articles which were known as stories in Drupal 6 have these submitted by author's name as well as the date. In Drupal 6, this was done under the Appearance interface, but in Drupal 7, this is actually part of the content type. So if we navigate to Structure>Content Types>Article and scroll down to Display settings, we see a checkbox for Display author and date information.
By unchecking this and clicking Save content type, and closing the content type interface, we see now that the post information no longer displays. As you can see Drupal out-of-the- box provides a web developer or site administrator the flexibility to configure both theme specific and global features as well as adjusting the post- settings which changed from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7.
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