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Themes

Themes can be used to kick start your SilverStripe projects, can be stored outside of your application code and your application can provide multiple unique themes (i.e a mobile theme).

Downloading

Head to the Themes area of the website to check out the range of themes the community has built. Each theme has a page with links you can use to preview and download it. The theme is provided as a .tar.gz file.

Installation

Manually

Unpack the contents of the zip file you download into the themes directory in your SilverStripe installation. The theme should be accessible at themes/theme_name.

Via Composer

If a theme has composer support you can require it directly through composer.

composer require "author/theme_name" "dev/master"

As you've added new files to your SilverStripe installation, make sure you clear the SilverStripe cache by appending ?flush=1 to your website URL (e.g http://yoursite.com/?flush=1).

After installing the files through either method, update the current theme in SilverStripe. This can be done by either altering the SSViewer.theme setting in a config.yml or by changing the current theme in the Site Configuration panel (http://yoursite.com/admin/settings)

mysite/_config/app.yml

SSViewer:
  theme: theme_name

Developing your own theme

A theme within SilverStripe is simply a collection of templates and other front end assets such as javascript and css. located within the themes directory.

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Submitting your theme to SilverStripe

If you want to submit your theme to the SilverStripe directory then check

  • You should ensure your templates are well structured, modular and commented so it's easy for other people to customize
  • Templates should not contain text inside images and all images provided must be open source and not break any copyright or license laws. This includes any icons your template uses.
  • A theme does not include any PHP files. Only CSS, HTML, Images and javascript.

Your theme file must be in a .tar.gz format. A useful tool for this is - 7 Zip. Using 7Zip you must select the your_theme folder and Add to archive, select TAR and create. Then after you have the TAR file right click it -> Add to Archive (again) -> Then use the archive format GZIP.

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