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Customize backend style and UI


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jorrie

Community Member, 40 Posts

29 March 2010 at 1:36am

Whats the best way to modify the backend UI a little bit?
Ive red saphire framework let you change things but I wonder If I would like to change the TAB styling for example how to do that.

Are there backend themes? To skin the backend?

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Willr

Forum Moderator, 5513 Posts

29 March 2010 at 8:17pm

You can define a editor.css in your theme which is included in the backend. You could probably use this as a crude way of getting in and overriding css / images in the backend.

If you want to customize templates or do anything more drastic then your need to make a themes/yourtheme_cms/ folder and in that you should be able to override the css, templates.

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jorrie

Community Member, 40 Posts

29 March 2010 at 8:33pm

Thanks Willr

So I create a /themes/myname_cms/ and copy all /images/ /css /templates from /cms/* inside that?

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Willr

Forum Moderator, 5513 Posts

29 March 2010 at 8:40pm

Hmm just tried this myself and it looks like the path to the css files are hardcoded, I thought the links should have been themedCSS but appears not. You can try doing that. If you don't have any luck use the editor.css to override it.

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Wilson

Community Member, 63 Posts

30 March 2010 at 3:24pm

Hey Willr,

I'm not having any luck with this with 2.4 beta1. Is there any other way to set some custom CSS in the admin side? I need to apply 2-3 classes so nothing huge, but editor.css doesn't seem to get loaded in scope. For example,

body.CMSMain {
   background: aqua;
}

doesn't show anything.

Thanks,
Wilson

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jorrie

Community Member, 40 Posts

30 March 2010 at 10:43pm

Can the dev team make this non hardcoded and a setting in the config files?
So we can easily override this?

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Willr

Forum Moderator, 5513 Posts

31 March 2010 at 9:17am

jorrie just had a look through the code and changing the css links to the themedCSS won't work since it'll include your themes main files but I have stumbled across another way to do it. LeftAndMain::init() has a extend() call (at least in 2.4) so you can override with a custom LeftAndMain extension.

// mysite/code/MyCustomLeft.php
<?php

class MyCustomLeft extends Extension {
   
   public function init() {
      Requirements::themedCSS('admin');
   }
}

Then add the extension in your _config

// add to the mysite/_config.php
Object::add_extension('LeftAndMain', 'MyCustomLeft');

Will load an admin.css file from your theme.

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Wilson

Community Member, 63 Posts

31 March 2010 at 9:20am

Wow! Thanks Willr. I really appreciate that. I'm using 2.4, so this will be really valuable. Thx!!

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