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Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 07:34
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At September's meetup Kyle Jaster from Rayogram presented the newly released SimplyCivi Drupal theme, designed as a cleaner, more useful and user-friendly administration theme for CiviCRM. (Also check out Kyle's blog.) Below are notes from his presentation and information on how you can get and contribute to SimplyCivi.

  • Rayogram worked to create CiviCRM implementations for each of 62 New York State Senate (NYSS) offices
  • extensive use of CiviCase to track assistance to constituents
  • much of the work on NYSS implementations went into CiviCRM 3.2 core, especially front end changes
  • developed custom Drupal theme to wrap around CiviCRM; provides some extra features that work well with CiviCRM
  • decided to rewrap admin theme from NYSS project and make it public on github - can either be git cloned or downloaded as tar.gz
  • SimplyCivi theme is CiviCRM 3.2-dependent
  • README.txt has all needed info for installation, should be relatively easy; block names correspond with theme region names for easy configuration
  • works with CiviCRM Theme Drupal module
  • left and righthand sidebar pop out from window sides, but main layout is single column - gives extra width to Civi
  • Civi breadcrumbs and full-text search (different from built-in menu bar search, which is just for contacts) are prominent up top
  • handy flyout menus from bottom bar - Create New and New Individual; Recent Items actually fly out too, though it's not quite finished yet
  • Tabs have been moved into a sidebar, like Vertical Tabs - css broken out into contact-tabs.css, which can be copied into any other Civi theme to make tabs display in vertical sidebar
  • messages.css and messages.js functionality also added
  • this theme can be a good starting point for learning how to custom theme CiviCRM
  • currently no actual CiviCRM template overrides
  • SimplyCivi doesn't look good on mobile!
  • Rayogram will continue developing and maintaining SimplyCivi theme; others are also welcome to contribute, which is fairly easy via github!
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