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Installing a new theme

From: Drupal 6: Creating and Editing Custom Themes

Video: Installing a new theme

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.

Installing a new theme

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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Drupal 6: Creating and Editing Custom Themes

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  1. 8m 19s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      7m 16s
  2. 5m 17s
    1. Learning about Drupal themes
      2m 0s
    2. Building sites today with Drupal
      1m 7s
    3. Required knowledge and software
      2m 10s
  3. 22m 38s
    1. Installing Drupal 6 using Acquia
      4m 4s
    2. Configuring the appropriate modules for a Drupal site
      1m 59s
    3. Creating pages with standard node content types
      4m 48s
    4. Creating custom node content types
      6m 19s
    5. Adding RSS secondary content
      3m 11s
    6. Finalizing site navigation
      2m 17s
  4. 22m 0s
    1. Installing the Theme Developer module (aka Devel)
      6m 27s
    2. Ensuring cross-browser compatibility with conditional style sheets
      5m 16s
    3. Using Firefox extensions for site development
      6m 57s
    4. Working with Dreamweaver
      3m 20s
  5. 35m 13s
    1. Choosing a default theme
      2m 5s
    2. Touring the core themes
      5m 25s
    3. Configuring global theme features and post settings
      4m 46s
    4. Adding a logo and shortcut icon (favicon)
      4m 7s
    5. Setting the administration theme
      4m 0s
    6. Installing a new theme
      3m 47s
    7. Positioning blocks in theme regions
      5m 56s
    8. Setting user theme permissions
      5m 7s
  6. 40m 36s
    1. Using the Color module to change color schemes
      5m 0s
    2. Preparing to build a sub-theme
      7m 13s
    3. Building a sub-theme: Creating the .info file
      8m 51s
    4. Building a sub-theme: Adding custom styles (CSS)
      7m 25s
    5. Building a sub-theme: Adding custom theme regions
      12m 7s
  7. 35m 0s
    1. Exploring a theme folder
      3m 19s
    2. Setting up a theme .info file
      4m 7s
    3. Adding styles (CSS) to a theme
      7m 9s
    4. Including a style sheet for right to left readers
      1m 43s
    5. Creating a print style sheet
      3m 30s
    6. Adding JavaScript to a theme
      5m 49s
    7. Adding graphics and images to a theme
      3m 7s
    8. Understanding theme templates (tpl.php)
      3m 19s
    9. Understanding template variables
      2m 57s
  8. 30m 33s
    1. Understanding page templates
      8m 2s
    2. Creating a template to theme every page (page.tpl.php)
      6m 54s
    3. Creating a template to theme just the front page (page-front.tpl.php)
      4m 33s
    4. Creating a template to theme individual pages (page-node-nid.tpl.php)
      3m 43s
    5. Creating a template for "site offline" maintenance pages
      7m 21s
  9. 13m 20s
    1. Understanding node templates
      4m 24s
    2. Creating a template to theme every node (node.tpl.php)
      2m 16s
    3. Creating a template to theme custom node types (node-type.tpl.php)
      5m 10s
    4. Discovering node templates using the theme developer module
      1m 30s
  10. 21m 32s
    1. Understanding block templates
      3m 32s
    2. Creating a template to theme every block (block.tpl.php)
      2m 37s
    3. Creating a template to theme an individual block (block-module-delta.tpl.php)
      8m 26s
    4. Creating a template to theme all blocks from a single module (block-module.tpl.php)
      3m 41s
    5. Creating a template to theme all blocks in a certain region (block-region.tpl.php)
      3m 16s
  11. 7m 33s
    1. Exploring the comments template (comment.tpl.php)
      5m 20s
    2. Exploring other core modules and their templates (other tpl.php files)
      2m 13s
  12. 10m 5s
    1. Removing unnecessary modules
      1m 43s
    2. Optimizing site performance
      2m 17s
    3. Streamlining site files for launch
      1m 26s
    4. Troubleshooting when a white screen appears instead of Drupal
      3m 15s
    5. Touring Drupal community groups
      1m 24s
  13. 11s
    1. Goodbye
      11s

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