Drupal 5.0 Themes

I haven't had much time to play around with the themes other than the included default themes, but from what I have seen so far, the new themes are very slick! Most noticable is that you can now choose colors of different components with an Ajax / kde style color picker.
I created something similar for myclassroomhelper, where the entire theme was created using png transparency. The creaphics created a two tone style, and the user could set the color of all the elements which were stored in a mysql backend and used to generate dynamic stylesheets. All of the drop shadows and bevels were created by the foreground png graphics.

The default drupal theme seems to be doing pretty much the same thing, but the Ajax color picker is much more elegant than my table javascript solution. I am impressed, and can't wait to create my own Drupal 5.0 themes.

My new Drupal 5.0 site

I have been wanting to get my site out of Nuke for a long time now, and since I have been doing a lot of drupal development lately it seemed like a good choice. I wasn't really excited about another drupal install, so this is the new 5.0 beta. I was anxious to check out the latest drupal beta, mostly to make sure all of the modules I have been working on are forward compatible.

So what's new?

The first thing I noticed was the new web-based install. The previous installation was pretty straight forward so this doesn't save you too much. The DB is populated by the setup script, but you have to create the DB - of course, so if I am creating a db, creating the tables is not a big deal. You also have to set permissions on a config file to be readable, so it would be easier to do the entire install from a terminal. A simple php or perl script could prompt the user for the root mysql user/pass and allow creating the db for the drupal install or or allow entering a user/pass if the db is allready set up, then create the db, extract the installation, write the config and secure the permissions. But the install went very smooth.

The next thing I noticed was the default theme, Huge Improvement - Nice work!

I am not sure if there is a WYSIWYG editor by default because I am in konqueror, but from the drupal forums I do not think they ever plan on including a WYSIWYG by default which is probably for the best!

The new administration interface uses a two column layout and I think it will be much easier to use once I get used to the new layout.

Another new feature is Ajax style dropdowns for list.

Well, that is all I have noticed so far. Now to install some modules and transfer all of my nuke content.