The "base theme" provides a number of content regions into which scholars may move widgets within the layout settings in the control panel. A region can be enabled by the site owner, or not according to preference on a particular pages, so all themes should be flexible enough to respond to these changes.
For instance the left column may be in use in the publications page, but not in the blog area. The right column might only be used on the site's front page, but not anywhere else. Read more about Regions and body tag classes
You can of course do anything you want with the CSS of your custom theme, but it's not a bad idea to know how the base theme on which you'll be essentially overriding is constructed. The base theme's CSS is loaded before yours so many defaultattributes can be used if you prefer.
To test your custom theme's CSS we have a themer kit which can be downloaded (Note: remove the .txt extension and then decompress). The kit contains a dummy mini-site of files with typical markup and with links to the live base theme, as well as links to a blank css file called my-theme.css. This is where you should work. Add background images to the supplied images directory.
Although the features offered by OpenScholar allow users to build a site without first establishing some semblance of plan, it does help to have some ideas regarding what is needed. Below is a brief overview of the site activities we will produce.
Site Goal: Organize and display content a member of the faculty might need.
Personal sites are used to highlight Faculty, researchers, students or anyone looking for a site for "personal" use. These sites are often called "scholar sites" because the sites live at scholar.harvard.edu.
Return to the home page and observe "News" has been added to your primary menu.
Set the Widgets for the Section
In order to set the next widget, you need to create a vocabulary with some terms. A vocabulary is a way to group terms (or tags) so that you can organize your content. In the next steps, you will add a vocabulary to News in preparation for organizing your news posts. Read more about Section: News