Customizing the Wacko interface.
The themes defines the appearance of all pages in your installation and can be installed by adding (or modifying) the configuration.
The distribution comes with two themes: default – which you can see on a WackoWiki installation and tabs, which is installed for example.
To switch from one theme to another, you have to make a change in the Configuration.
If you want to customize your installation, it is best to create a new theme.
A new theme is best created by copying the old one to the new directory and thoughtfully modifying the copied files.
If you followed the advice and did not change the existing themes, but created a new one by copying, there will be no big difficulties with the upgrade. After updating the scripts, the WackoWiki will work with your individual theme as before.
Another question, if you want to include improvements from one of the standard themes in your theme, you will need some program like WinMerge or Meld and some patience. Once you've checked the changes in the standard theme with WinMerge, include them in your theme and you're done!
Within the themes folders, there are sub-folders like
- appearance/: It contains the .php-files and the .tpl-files with the HTML structure, which will be used to layout the content.
- css/: Contains (what a surprise) the CSS stylesheet for printing and normal layout. A lot of the work for a new layout or theme can be done here.
- icon/: The default icons are ok, but if you change the CSS, perhaps, you want to change the icons also. The logo of your wiki is not here. By defaut, it is under /yourfolderhere/file/global/wikilogo.png.
- lang/: In the folder are some minor important language files.
In the theme configuration file, you can also define your own configuration options and overwrite existing ones.
// theme options =========
$this->db->revisions_hide_cancel = 1;
$this->db->site_desc = 'My Theme for WackoWiki';
$this->db->footer_inside = 0;
$theme_translation = [
'EditIcon' => '...',
'' => '',
A improved guide for the new template engine will hopefully follow soon. Nevertheless you can write or adapt your theme without using the template engine.
The hard part isn’t actually writing the HTML and CSS code, it’s figuring out, conceptually (on a piece of paper), the behavior of all the necessary boxes to create a given layout.
WackoThemes could be found here: