Today we will work on skinning Plone, you will see how easy it is, especially when using collective.phantasy.
This product is only plone3.1.x (and perhaps ++) compliant.
I suppose you know how to build a new plone instance using buildout. I know it’s not always so easy for Windows users, but keep cool, read documentations about buildout (it’s a really powerful feature), and send a comment here if you get problems with this question, i will try to help you .
So, in your plone3.1.x buildout.cfg, just add these two lines : In instance – eggs sections :
In instance -zcml section :
Now you could launch your buildout :
Then launch your Plone instance.
Install collective.phantasy in Plone
Go on your plone site > Add/Remove Products You will get this screen :
Check for « Collective Phantasy » product and Save the form.
This will install « Collective Phantasy » product and its dependency « Smart Color Widget » :
The portal look is changed, but it’s just an example, not the best wonderful design ever seen ;-),
so we will change it.
Change the portal skin
Go to your portal root, click on Contents :
You will get two new items :
– An Item called « Phantasy Skin repository », it’s a folder containing alternate skins for folders
– An item called « Plone’s logo, colors and border defaults », it’s the dynamic skin used for your portal, you can delete it and recreate it, but now we will just change it click on this item,
then click on « edit » tab
Click on « Colors » tab, change the background color value for « #f3f3fb » :
And save the form, here is the result :
Re-click on edit tabs, then on « dimensions » tab,
change the values for ‘portal width’ and « Portal horizontal position » like this :
And save the form :
hmm it’s better but we will do some new things.
First we will add our logo.
Go back to your skin, use the contextual menu : « Add new… », choose « Skin Image » :
Click on Browse (« Parcourir » in french ), choose your logo image on your HD :
Save the form. Go Back to your skin.
We will change the logo name in skin. Click on edit tab, then on « images » sub-tab.
Change the logo name value for « logo.gif » (the image id you’ve just uploaded), and save the form.
Here is the result :
Go back to your portal home page and refresh the page, CTRL-F5. If you want to see the left column as shown in next image you also need to change the portlet navigation property with « Manage portlets » …) :
Setting a new skin and choose this skin for a particular folder
See global tabs at top, Click on « Folder with other skin »
You see that the portal look is changed here. Ok. Go back to the Phantasy Skins Repository, click on Contents, you see here alternate skins which can be used by any folder :
Click on the only skin present here :
Oh, oh … the same look as we’ve seen somewhere before.
OK, now we will change everything, go back to the portal root > Contents tab, select the dynamic root skin and click on « copy ». :
Go back to the Phantasy Skins Repository, and click on « Paste » :
We will rename this skin, it could be practice, check the second skin and click on « rename » :
Then click on this skin to go on it. Now we will do always the same thing, click on « edit » and change background color, but take care because now the color value must cohabit with a future background image (use Firebug extension to help you) :
Create a css for your skin
Now we will do something special that’s not embed in Phantasy skin parameters. Edit a text file, save it on your HD as a a css file, here we call it « ornicat.css », we add a little new selector in this css, this selector add
a large left violet border to the page :
Create some images used by your skin
We create a global background image which can cohabit with the background color, using Photoshop or any picture dedicated software (we save it on local disk as « portal-background.gif ») :
We create a new logo with the same software (we save it as « logo-2.gif ») :
Post all these files in your skin
Create a zip archive with the 3 precedent files :
Go back to your browser, to your site and to your skin, click on « Import images and files » :
Click on « browse », choose your zip file on your local disk.
Click on import, wait during upload …
Upload is done
Setting up your special skin
Click on « Edit » tab, enter the css file id (ornicart.css here)
Click on « images » sub tab
– Change the logo name for the new logo id (logo-2.gif)
– add a body background image name with your background image id posted first (portal-background.jpg)
– change background image position for « Top right »
– change background image repeat for « Vertcal repeat »
– Save the form
Here is the result
Ah, i think it’s better
Give a folder a new skin
Go to « Folder with another skin », click on Edit, Below Phantasy skin, click on « Add », now you can browse the site for a new skin, Choose the « Alternate skin » we’ve made before.
Save the form Click on CTRL-F5 to refresh the page.
Now you can say « Skinning Plone is not so complex ». 🙂