More than (just) Themes

Sep 11

Your most frequently requested customizations, now optionally bundled with our themes

At More than Themes, every once in a while, we sit down to discuss and evaluate the needs you – our users – seem to have, which we don’t already cover. We then take great pains to enrich our offerings, so as to cover those needs. 

Some of the most frequent requests we get have to do with how your can customise the themes you get from us, after installing them. Your goal is almost always to make the themes look more as if they were custom-designed for your precise needs, rather than for generic use case scenarios.

How can I make those generic themes look as if they were designed specifically for my website? How can I enter my logo? How can I re-color the theme according to my corporate identity? How can I adjust the fonts of the theme to match those of my business cards?

It’s sometimes good to hire the team that created the theme

Some of these relatively small customization tasks may be intimidating. They may require learning Photoshop, jumping into CSS, understanding the structure of a Drupal theme etc. They may require time you don’t have and dedication you can’t afford. So, unless you are experienced in Drupal theming and web design in general, chances are for some of those customization needs you will need to hire another team or company. 

While you know that, with our themes, you can hire any company experienced in Drupal theming to undertake such customisation projects, you’ve shown to us that, quite often, you prefer to hire the very team that actually creates the theme you use. It may have to do with the fact that you’ve already experienced our commitment to providing top-quality support, should you face any difficulty. It may as well have to do with the experience you know we have with Drupal’s best theming practices, and how to implement any customisations in a way that they won’t break with future theme or module updates.

The three most requested Customization Services now optionally bundled with our themes

This is why, we have productized, are now introducing the three theme Customization Services most commonly requested by you, our users, bundled along with our themes. At a fraction of the usual development costs, these services enable you to enjoy the generic theme you get, custom-tailored to your own needs and goals.

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Adding any of the three services to your cart is as simple as clicking the corresponding check box right before selecting the license you need.

1. Incorporating your logo

Our team adjusts and incorporates your logo into the website that is powered by our theme. If needed, our team can save your logo into a file format and file-size appropriate for use on the web (i.e.: JPG, PNG or GIF).

2. Recoloring of the theme to your selected colors

Our team incorporates into the theme a new colour style in line with the rest of your marketing material, in a way that it will be preserved in case of future updates.

3. Incorporating of your web-fonts

After your purchase, our team restyles the typography of the theme you got so that it uses your corporate web-fonts.

Find out more on how these services work and how you can get any of those, by taking a look at the example of our latest three themes:

Startup Growth  |  Scholarly  |  News+

Aug 28

My Gift of Grace, a wonderful game with a great cause, powers their new site with our Startup Growth Drupal theme

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The homepage of My Gift of Grace, powered by our Startup Growth theme for Drupal.

Theme used: Startup Growth

Nick Jehlen, partner at the Action Mill shared My Gift of Grace’s (very fascinating!) background:

Our design studio (actionmill.com, which also uses an MtT theme) released My Gift of Grace last December after a successful Kickstarter campaign. It’s a game that helps people have one of the most important conversations of their lives: one about living and dying well. Some people are surprised to hear about a game about living and dying, but we’ve sold thousands and hear over and over that it’s a great way to talk about something we often avoid.

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The "About the Game" page of My Gift of Grace cleverly using the context column, alongside the main presentation.

On why they chose to plan and proceed with a redesign of their website, Nick added:

We’ve been selling more and more of the games to hospitals and healthcare systems, and our old site couldn’t easily talk to our two audiences: families and healthcare staff. So we decided to go for a complete redesign.

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Powered by our Bootstrap-based theme, the homepage of My Gift of Grace is fully responsive, enabling visitors to learn more about the game from whatever device they may be using.

Nick’s story with MtT goes a while back:

I’ve been building websites in Drupal for about 10 years, and for most of that time I would start with a simple theme and build on top of it. I’m not a great coder, and I usually found the process frustrating. I bought a theme from MtT about a year ago and have since used them as the basis for 3 or 4 sites.

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Homepage of Nick’s company, the Action Mill. The site is powered by another MtT theme, Business Class.

On why they chose MtT, Nick explained:

The themes are rock solid, but the support is what really keeps me coming back. There’s so much complexity now, especially with responsive design, that I can’t really keep up. I used the startup grown theme for this site because it had the basic features I was looking for and was simple to adapt. I made some changes, even adding some block regions, and it went about as smoothly as I could hope.

For more information on Action Mill

Get in touch with Nick Jehlen and Action Mill at nick@actionmill.com, via phone at 617-504-7601 or via their homepage: www.actionmill.com. For more information on My Gift of Grace, visit http://mygiftofgrace.com.

About the theme

Startup Growth is a state-of-the-art Drupal theme with a wealth of Drupal as well as non-Drupal related features. With Startup Growth we were after an equally powerful, feature-packed Drupal theme, aimed for lots of different content presentation scenarios; products and services, client success stories and testimonials, blog posts and more. At the same time, we wanted to maintain a clean, easy-to-use look. However, it should not be the typical dry-of-all-design look that’s got quite popular nowadays. Instead, we were after a sober, classic look that still maintains a modern character. All in all, Startup Growth should offer the ideal package for a young (or even older) company, which aims to convey a sense of professionalism through its website.

More about Startup Growth | Blog Post | Live demo | Commerce Live demo

Aug 08

Interiors By Design Studio refreshes their Drupal site, using our Genteel theme

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Homepage of the Interiors by Design, built on Drupal.

Theme used: Genteel

Doug Ouverson, creator of the site shared the project background:

Interiors by Design Studio has been a client for more than 3 years. Bobbie Lecroy Lansdown – the Owner – was a pleasure to work with.

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As to the goals of the site redesign, Doug explained that it was about

… better job serving mobile operating systems, such as iOS, Android, etc. I had designed and built the previous website, so I had access to much of the content for redesign.

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One of the Galleries of the Interiors By Design Studio, as as shown on the iPhone.

On choosing the Genteel theme, from MtT to build the site upon, Doug explained his thinking:

MtT makes my job as a site builder much easier than starting from scratch with a framework such as Zen Omega, Bootstrap, etc. and then having to hack CSS. For this project I was able to use many content types out-of-the-box, such as Testimonials, or Service, Blog.

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The contact page of the Interiors By Design Studio on the iPad.

About the theme

Genteel is a theme those of you that want to build elegant-looking sites, for presenting products, services and showcases of those. Genteel is a great asset as not only it looks great but it’s also flexible as, in typical MtT fashion, it’s bundled with multiple font-stacks and colour schemes, equipped with all sorts of automations including Content types, Views blocks and pages as well as social media integration.

More about Genteel | Live demo | Commerce Live demo

Jul 31

A beautiful Drupal site showcasing vintage magazines, powered by our Best Brand theme

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Homepage of the VintageGaze Magazines built on Drupal.

Theme used: Best Brand

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Jul 17

News+: Our thoughts on building a Drupal theme for news portals

News+ is our latest Drupal theme for news portals. It was carefully planned to combine Bootstrap-based goodness, a beautiful design, with exceptional functionality tailored to the use case scenarios around news sites.

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Drupal is a great choice for building news sites

That Drupal is a great platform – perhaps the best – to build a news portal upon, is not new. The expandability, the ever-growing module-driven flexibility, and an amazing community that provides a robust, secure foundation are just some reasons to consider Drupal a great match for news portals. Which is why a couple of years back we released Pressblog, our first theme for news portals and mega-blog sites. PressBlog was great for its time and was used extensively by clients around the world. And yet PressBlog became even greater a few months ago, in late 2013, when we released a new, thoroughly revamped version, that was met with great reception and very warm comments.

So, why would we get to great pains to create yet another Drupal theme for news sites?

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Jul 02

How to update the Font Awesome web font in your Drupal site

Font Awesome gives you scalable vector icons that can instantly be customized - size, color, drop shadow, and anything that can be done with the power of CSS.

Our products use the Bootstrap CDN so you can add the Font Awesome web font with a single line of code. You don’t even have to download or install anything. Updating is as easy. 

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Jun 25

Drupal for non-profits; the case of Wilderness Society Stewardship and their use of Drupal and our Chique theme

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The homepage of the Society for Wilderness Stewardship, built on Drupal.

Theme used: Chique

A while back, the Society for Wilderness Stewardship hired More than Themes to build a new Drupal website for them, powered by a custom version of our Chique theme. Working with the Society was a great experience in many aspects. One of those, perhaps one of the most important ones, is the extensive, elaborate thought and planning that was put in place, in various aspects of their new site. 

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Jun 13

Drupal Commerce Products and the Inline Entity Form

Drupal Commerce is used to build eCommerce websites and applications of all sizes based on Drupal. 

Drupal Commerce products are entities with intrinsic product ID, SKU, and Title properties, as well as default Price fields. They can be further customised using any number of product types and fields.

You can easily create products with the Store administrative interface, but your products will not be automatically visible to users on the front end. Drupal Commerce separates the definition of a product from its display, allowing you to build custom displays using the tools the project provides such as the product reference field.

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Jun 05

For those of your interested in themes for Drupal 8: a freebie

Drupal 8 is coming shortly and it’s going to be really great for a variety of reasons. We are being asked quite often whether we will upgrade our themes or whether we will have new releases for Drupal 8. The truth is we are actively working on preparing our existing as well as new themes for Drupal 8. So, we’d like to offer you a sneak peak of what we’re up to. 

In celebration of DrupalCon that takes place this week in Austin, Texas we are sharing a pre-release of our Bootstrap Business for Drupal 8. Bootstrap Business for D8 looks like the D7 version but with one important improvement. Because typography matters, the D8 version features as default the new, great Fira Sans typeface by Erik Spiekermann, which was commissioned by the Mozilla Institution (read more about it or grab it). 

Just like its original version for Drupal 7, Bootstrap Business is completely free and you can grab and test it right away. Enjoy and, needless to say, do report any issues so that we can improve along with Drupal 8 as it matures. 

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Take a look at the demo or Go, grab it

Important Notice: the current version of Bootstrap Business is based on Drupal 8 Core Alpha 12, released on May 28th, 2014. 

May 21

Meet Scholarly, a powerful Drupal theme to power your education-oriented site.

Scholarly is our take on how a good Drupal theme for education-oriented websites should be. In today’s economy there’s an ever-growing need for building powerful, flexible and scalable sites for university departments, traditional and online schools and seminars, as well as, in general, businesses centered around education and training. Scholarly was designed to provide a well-thought use-case scenario that is specific enough to provide a great solution out-of-the-box for such sites.

Content types and other goodies

Scholarly comes with a series of content types tailored to Academia like Faculty, Students, Courses and Events and it goes a step further, featuring relationships between those e.g.: connecting Courses with Teachers teaching those.

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