cellear's picture

Many potential users of Backdrop are not themselves competent visual designers, and don’t have access to or the resources to afford a designer. We should offer them more choices. 

I propose that we find or construct three or four ready-to-go themes. They should come with the initial download, and should not require any customization at all to use. A new user should be able to simply enter content, choose one of the ready-to-go themes, and launch. 

Once again, I think Wordpress does a good job with this.  Here is their theme browsing window.  It's possible to "try on" a theme without committing to it, which I think is both cool and useful.

[Update: it appears I thought I was pasting a screencap in here, but it's not here!  I'll see if I can find it.]

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I don't feel strongly about having these themes in core. But, I do think that the lack of available out of the box finished themes is hurting adoption of Backdrop CMS and that an initiative to make sure that there are more theme options in either contrib or core is important.

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I don't feel strongly about having these themes in core. But, I do think that the lack of available out of the box finished themes is hurting adoption of Backdrop CMS and that an initiative to make sure that there are more theme options in either contrib or core is important.

Olafski's picture

Having more ready-to-go themes in Backdrop would be great. Do you already have specific themes in mind?

I guess, if we want to provide them in Backdrop core, the expected quality standard could be a barrier. In my opinion, a realistic goal would be one new core theme a year (like WordPress does btw, as far as I know).

Some ideas for discussion:

  • Look for nice WordPress themes, and port these.
  • Start to build ready-to-go themes in contrib and see later which are good core candidates.
  • Build the ready-to-go themes as sub-themes of the Basis core theme, so that we have a good starting point and quality standard.

    (I've some more thoughts regarding the Basis sub-theme idea but had no time so far to elaborate them.)

I agree that having more themes available, whether core or contrib, would be great. I'd add that many themes seem to be geared towards read-only types of sites. Most of the sites I've ever been involved with using Drupal or Backdrop have been heavily interactive, with most of the content coming from the users, not being presented to them. So good looking forms, menus, etc. are important.

I don't have specific themes in mind.  My thought it to have an experience as close as possible to http://www.csszengarden.com/ , which is a demo site that shows the range of experiences that can be accommodated with CSS.  CSS Zen Garden is built around a single HTML page, and allows you to change the attached stylesheet to show the dramatic differences that can be achieve using only CSS.

I'd like people to be able to have a similar experience with Backdrop, where they can select between a small number (at least 3, no more than 5 or 6) themes and see different usable presentations.