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By now, I'm sure you're familiar with the core themes in Drupal 6. I think it's time we install a new Drupal theme. In this video, I will download a reliable theme from the Internet, and install it in our Drupal site. So to do that, I actually need to download the theme first. So I am going to go visit drupal.org, the official website for Drupal, and I am going to go click on the Themes section, and now, I am presented with a bunch of themes. But I only want to filter by Drupal 06. So I am going to click to 6.x filter. And now I could see a list of only Drupal 06 themes.
I am going to go scroll down, and I am actually going to download one of my new favorite themes, called Acquia Slate. This is a new dark theme developed by the TopNotchThemes group, who do excellent Drupal themes. So go ahead and click to download the Drupal 6.x version of this theme. I've already downloaded it. So let's go and learn how to install those files. I am going to minimize my web browser, and, as you could see, the acquia_slate theme folder is on my Desktop. I need to put this into my sites/all themes folder of drupal-6.
So let me open my drupal-6 folder, and of course, I am going to go into the sites/all, and since we don't have the themes folder here, I am going to go create one. So remember, we are in sites/all/themes and this is actually where we would be installing any new themes for Drupal. So I am going to go drag in my acquia_ slate theme, minimize my folder and now I am going to go back to my web browser.
But before I enable the new theme, we need to make sure that we have the administration theme set. So in the Administer screen, I am going to go scroll down and click Administration theme, and we see that I still have it set the Garland. That's what I want. So go back to Administer, and now let's visit the Themes page. We should now see the new theme, Acquia Slate, listed with all the other core themes that come with Drupal. We are going to enable this theme, and even set it as the default. We are going to leave Garland enabled, and click Save configuration.
So now we have not seen anything changed on our side because we're still in the admin screen. So now let's click over to the home page in a new tab, and we see our site has totally changed it's theme using the Acquia Slate theme. Our primary navigation still exists, and the left sidebar renders our navigation block, just as expected. The site title is picked up, all our content is also themed. In fact, let's view one of the inner content pages.
Remember, we are logged in, so that's why we get the View and Edit tabs. But we see that this is actually a very nice theme. Closing this Content page, let's visit the About Us page. It looks good. Now, let's go back to the Administer screen, and of course, we are back to the Garland theme, because the Administration screen was set to Garland. Now, before we go, even though I like the Acquia Slate theme, I am going to actually disable it because we want to create our own custom theme for this flower shop we are building.
So let's go back to the themes administration screen. Let's disable Acquia Slate and choose Garland again as the default theme. Click Save configuration, double check by visiting the home page, and we are back to Garland. So even though Drupal has hundreds of themes available, I would advise you to not download and run any theme without putting it through a little bit of testing first. A good Drupal theme should render well across multiple browsers, and be regularly maintained.
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