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Create your own theme for FrogLearn

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Getting started


Creating your own themes in FrogLearn has been tricky in the past.  This new tutorial guides you through each of the steps to get started.


Things you'll need:

  • The HTML widget (contact the Service Desk to do activate this if you can't see it)
  • A code editor, such as Notepad++ (although the basic Notepad will be sufficient)
  • An image editor - see our tutorial on Optimising images for web, which includes a link to Pixlr online image editor if you don't have software)
  • A working knowledge of CSS

If you aren't comfortable with building your own theme, remember that Frog's Creative Studios can be commissioned to build some for you.

 

Getting started - Step 1


Go to the FrogStore and install the Boilerplate theme:
 

(If you have any problems installing this theme - please contact the Service Desk)

Step 2


Create a new site and apply this theme.  You'll notice this theme is quite unusual.  It has barely any styling:
 


That's because we're going to add some CSS to the HTML widget in the next step.
 

Step 3


Add an HTML widget to your site, the paste in the code below:
 

<style>

/* Theme background */ 
.REPLACE_THIS-container{
	background:	#10354f;
}

/* Header*/	

/* Top banner */
.REPLACE_THIS-container .REPLACE_THIS-head{
    margin:20px auto;
	padding:0px;
	min-height:70px;
   	width:100%;
	float:left;
}
/* Site title */ 
.REPLACE_THIS-container .REPLACE_THIS-head h1{
    color: #fff;
	font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif, "Gill Sans", "Gill Sans MT", "Myriad Pro", "DejaVu Sans Condensed";
    font-size:30px;
	font-weight: normal;
  	line-height: 35px;
    text-align:left;
	word-wrap: break-word;
	max-width:calc(450px - 10px);
	padding:3px 5px;
	margin:0px;
	display:block;
}
/* Site description */
.REPLACE_THIS-container .REPLACE_THIS-head p{
    color: #fff;
	font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif, "Gill Sans", "Gill Sans MT", "Myriad Pro", "DejaVu Sans Condensed";
    font-size: 17px;
    font-weight: normal;
   	line-height: 22px;
    text-align:left;
	word-wrap: break-word;
	max-width:calc(450px - 10px);
	padding:3px 5px;
	margin:0px;
	clear:left;
	display:block;
}
/* Outer area of theme.  Enables the content to be centred */	
.REPLACE_THIS-container .REPLACE_THIS-bodywrap{
    padding: 0px;
   	width:calc(100% - 0px);
    margin:0px auto;
	min-height:100px;
	float:left;
}
/* Bodyarea controls the width of the site. */
.REPLACE_THIS-container .REPLACE_THIS-bodyarea{
	margin:0px auto;
	padding:0px;
	min-height:100px;
	max-width:960px;
}

/* Content Area Container*/
.REPLACE_THIS-container .REPLACE_THIS-contentarea{
	margin:0px 0px 50px 0px;
	padding:0px 0px;
    width: 100%;
	min-height:60px;
	float:left;
	background:#fff;
}
/* Additional div for styling above content */ 
.REPLACE_THIS-container .REPLACE_THIS-contenttop {
    width:100%;
    height:30px;
	margin:0px 0px;
	padding:0px 0px;
    float:left;
}
/* Where your content sits */ 
.REPLACE_THIS-container .REPLACE_THIS-contentmiddle {
	margin:0px 0px;
	padding:0px 30px;
    float:left;
    width: calc(100% - 60px);
	min-height:60px;
}
/* Additional div for styling below content */ 
.REPLACE_THIS-container .REPLACE_THIS-contentfoot {
    width:100%;
    height:30px;
    float:left;
	margin:0px 0px;
}
	
/* Navigation */

.no-touch .REPLACE_THIS-container .REPLACE_THIS-wrapmenu{
    padding: 0px;
	float:left;
    margin: 0px auto;
    width: 100%;
	background:#191c1e;
}

/* Navigation - 1st Level */

.REPLACE_THIS-wrapmenu  .main-menu > ul li a {
	font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif, "Gill Sans", "Gill Sans MT", "Myriad Pro", "DejaVu Sans Condensed";
	font-size: 14px;
    font-weight: normal;
	text-align: center;
	line-height: 50px;
  	color: #fff;
    margin: 0px;
   	padding:0px 20px;
	word-wrap: break-word;
	word-break: normal;
}
.REPLACE_THIS-wrapmenu  .main-menu ul li:hover > a {
	color:#fff;
	background: #25282b;
}
.REPLACE_THIS-wrapmenu  .main-menu ul li.parentselected > a,
.REPLACE_THIS-wrapmenu  .main-menu ul li.selected > a   {
    font-weight: bold;
	color:#0071b9;
	background: #fff;
}
    
/* Navigation - 2nd Level*/
    
.REPLACE_THIS-wrapmenu  .main-menu ul ul {
	background: #fff;
}
.REPLACE_THIS-wrapmenu  .main-menu > ul li ul li a {
    font-size: 12px;
    line-height: 17px;
    font-weight: normal;
    color: #272727;
    padding: 10px 10px;
	margin:0px;
	text-align: center;
	background:none;
	border-bottom: 1px dashed #cccccc;
}
.REPLACE_THIS-wrapmenu  .main-menu > ul li ul li:hover > a {
	color:#fff;
	background: #191c1e;
	border-bottom: 1px dashed #191c1e;
}
.REPLACE_THIS-wrapmenu  .main-menu > ul li ul li.selected > a,
.REPLACE_THIS-wrapmenu  .main-menu > ul li ul li.parentselected > a {
	font-weight:normal;
	color:#fff;
	background: #191c1e;
	border-bottom: 1px dashed #191c1e;
}
    
 /* Navigation - 3rd Level*/
	
 .REPLACE_THIS-wrapmenu  .main-menu > ul li ul li ul li a {
    font-size: 12px;
    line-height: 17px;
    padding: 10px 10px;
	margin:0px;
}
.REPLACE_THIS-wrapmenu  .main-menu > ul li ul li ul li:hover > a {
	color:#fff;
	background: #191c1e;
	border-bottom: 1px dashed #191c1e;
}
.REPLACE_THIS-wrapmenu  .main-menu > ul li ul li ul li.selected > a,
.REPLACE_THIS-wrapmenu  .main-menu > ul li ul li ul li.parentselected > a {
	font-weight:normal;
	color:#fff;
	background: #191c1e;
	border-bottom: 1px dashed #191c1e;
}	


</style>

 

When you leave editing mode, your theme should look a lot different:

 

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