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Setting user theme permissions

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Video: Setting user theme permissions

As we saw earlier in the chapter, Drupal can have more than one theme enabled on a site, but only administrator was able to choose the overall theme for the site. A nice feature for users is the ability to be given permission to choose their own theme. In this video, I will enable two themes and create a new generic user and show how that new user can have their own theme chosen for the site. Now, before we actually can give the user permission, we need to actually create a user. So let's do that real quick, through the Drupal Administration screen.

Setting user theme permissions

As we saw earlier in the chapter, Drupal can have more than one theme enabled on a site, but only administrator was able to choose the overall theme for the site. A nice feature for users is the ability to be given permission to choose their own theme. In this video, I will enable two themes and create a new generic user and show how that new user can have their own theme chosen for the site. Now, before we actually can give the user permission, we need to actually create a user. So let's do that real quick, through the Drupal Administration screen.

We're going to click Users, then we're going to click Add user. We're going to create a new user, called user2, and the E-mail address could actually be something fake, so we'll say chris@local and the password, we'll just use 'user'. So we'll make sure that the user is Active, click Create a new account. Now the new account has been created for the user2. We can then go back to the administration screen, and actually enable more than one theme in the Themes administration, because we will then give the user permission to choose one of these themes.

So we'll enable Marvin, click Save. So before I give the new user permissions to choose their own theme, let me show you what the user will see right now. So instead of logging out in my Firefox browser, I'm going to actually minimize Firefox and open a different browser. So I'm going to open Internet Explorer, and we're going to log in to the local site.

So let's copy our URL, minimize Firefox, and now we're going to paste the URL into our other theme. Instead of visiting the Administration screen, which the copied URL will take us to, I'm going to actually trim down the URL to just visit the homepage. We're going to log in with the user2 credentials. So my Username is user2 and the Password I gave that user is just user. So click Log in.

I don't want to store the password this time, and we see that Navigation is much different than our administrator. So we're going to click My account, and now we're going to click Edit, and this is actually where the user can edit their own profile. So right now, we do not see any options to choose our own theme. Let's change that. I'm going to minimize Internet Explorer. I'm going to open my Firefox, where I'm logged in as an admin, and we're going to now go to the Administer screen and we're going to choose Permissions.

This is where you can actually set all the user permissions for any feature of Drupal. Permissions, for Drupal, are actually covered in detail in the Drupal Essential Training course, also available on lynda.com. So we're going to scroll down to the System section and we see that there is a permission here, Select different theme. We're going to enable this permission to the Authenticated users only. So now we click Save Permissions, permissions have been saved, let's now minimize Firefox, and reopen Internet Explorer.

I'm going to now refresh this Edit Profile page for the user2. We now see that the user is given options in their profile page to choose their own theme. So let's have this user choose the selected theme for Marvin, click Save, and now we see user2 has now chosen their own theme and they're viewing the site in Marvin now. Since they are not a site administrator, they would not end up seeing the Garland theme again until we revoke their privileges, or change the theme on them entirely.

So now I can actually log out, and you will see that the logged out user is viewing Garland. This is because we only gave permission to choose a custom theme to authenticated users, or people who have an account to log in with. Now going back to Firefox, where we're logged in as an admin, I actually now want to disable the second theme, because we won't need it throughout the rest of this course. So I'm going to go back to Administer, I'm going to click on Themes, we're going to disable Marvin and leave Garland as the default.

We're going to click Save configuration. Now you may have noticed, I did not remove the permission of setting your own theme under the Permission screen. This wasn't necessary since we don't have more than one theme enabled right now. If you would like to remove that permission, you could do so on your own. Letting users choose their own theme is nice, but isn't always necessary. If your users need this functionality, it is built into Drupal and does not need any complex setup, as you've seen, to provide them with the ability to choose their own theme on a site.

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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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