Plone 3 Themes
Jun 28, 2010, 04:04 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Erik Rose)
[ Thanks to veronica for this link.
"This article by Erik Rose, author of the book Plone 3
for Education, is a crash course in Plone 3 theme creation. After
untangling Plone's confusing theming situation, we walk you through
the development of a skeletal theme.
"Plone's stock configuration delivers a great deal of concrete
functionality: workflow, security, tagging, and more. However, the
people whom you need to win over—like your boss and the
public—often form their first impressions of your site based
solely on visual design. Replacing the out-of-the-box look of Plone
with one tailored to your organization is thus a very important
"Changing the overall look of a Plone site requires more than
just the web designer's usual toolkit of HTML and CSS. In this
article, we provide an introduction to the additional Zope- and
Plone-specific techniques you need. We give an overview of Plone's
somewhat complicated theming situation, show how to theme a site in
a portable, reusable way, and demonstrate practices that strike a
balance among ease, speed, and compatibility with future versions
of Plone. Theming is a complex topic, and there are entire books on
that topic alone, so we also give plenty of outside references in
case your needs extend beyond the basic."