Archive for the ‘Themes’ Category

New plugins, a theme update, and exciting things ahead!

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

The Omeka team is happy to announce new and updated plugins and themes.

Geolocation is now updated to be compatible with the Omeka 2.x series. Geolocation allows you to pin a location for your items onto a map, and display a map showing all the geolocated items.




We are also happy to release a brand new plugin for Omeka, Search By Metadata. It allows site builders to build navigation between items by turning any field into an automatic search for other items with the same data. If you want to guide your visitors from one item with the subject “Digital Humanities” to a list of other items with that subject, this plugin lets you do that quickly and easy through the admin interface.


Finally, we are releasing an update to the Seasons theme. In the spirit of breaking expectations, there is now a fifth season — “night”. The night stylesheet is a dark style, suitable for displays of artwork.



More is on the way, and in the next two weeks we’ll spend less time talking about what we have produced and more about what our community has been up to. There are great new plugins and themes coming Omeka designers and developers out in the world. So, for a special Day of DH post we’ll draw attention to them and their work, and show our appreciation.

Fun New Things for Omeka 2.0 (Part 2): Core Changes

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Following up on the previous post, here, we want to talk about the broad contours of changes coming in Omeka 2.0 that will be most important for theme and plugin developers.

First and most important, the codebase of Omeka is being extensively cleaned up. This should not only make the code faster and leave a smaller footprint, but also make it easier to find your way around the code to see how things work.

Broadly speaking, unnecessary or redundant functions and methods are being removed. This includes many of the wrapper methods in some of the core code used by plugins. The various functions used to access metadata about collections, items, and other kinds of content are also consolidated from collection(), item(), etc. into one function, metadata(), for all.

Some of these changes will require updating your existing themes and plugins. We are keeping a running list of changes to help you anticipate the updates you will need to make for your plugin and theme customization.
One example is that the directory named “archive” will be called “files” in 2.0. The “files” folder that currently resides in the “archive” directory will be renamed “original.” We will provide specific instructions for renaming those folders to ensure that the transition to 2.0 will go smoothly. .

As always, you can keep up to date with the most recent changes by watching Omeka on GitHub.

Many thanks to our users, theme developers, and plugin developers for your feedback and questions that led to these and many, many other improvements to Omeka in our upcoming release of Omeka 2.0.

The developer team of John Flatness, Jim Safley, and myself have worked very hard over the past months to implement these changes. We hope that you are as excited about these changes as we are, and eagerly anticipate your feedback in mid-October when the release candidate is ready.

Configurable Themes in 1.2

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Omeka’s newest release offers a glimpse of functionality coming with our new service, configurable themes.

Omeka 1.2 includes two examples of themes that can be configured in the admin/themes panel. Rhythm and Seasons allow users to choose from a bundle of style sheets that change the color palette of the theme. Additionally, Seasons gives users the option to upload a logo that will be displayed in the left corner of the site’s header. All themes will be configurable in this way for the service, so consider this a sneak peak of what is to come. If you’re interested in making your own theme configurable, check out the Theme Configuration page in the Documentation.

Version 1.2 also includes Exhibit Builder 0.5.2. We fixed a few bugs, including one in the TinyMCE editor that incorrectly converted absolute URLs to relative URLs. If you’re not ready to upgrade Omeka to 1.2, you can still download the new version of Exhibit Builder on our Plugins page.

We’ve also fixed a major bug in the Berlin theme by adding the standard plugin hook to items/show, so that all plugins can append content to that page.

A summary of all changes made in Omeka 1.2 can be found in the release notes.

Try it out, and tell us what you think.

Ringwood Public Library Launches Digital Collections Site

Monday, October 13th, 2008

If you thought only large urban libraries (eg, New York Public Library) could launch a unique Omeka-powered digital collection site, think again. The Ringwood Public Library in New Jersey recently released, the Upper Ringwood Collection with a great theme designed by the Web Developers Studio.

In this site you will find over 120 images browseable by four categories: people and places, events and keepsakes, schools and churches, and mines and stables. These categories are actually Omeka collections. While most of the packaged themes offer browsing by all items, exhibits, and collections via the main navigation bar, you can gently tweak the theme to allow browsing by specific collections, types, or tags.

The Upper Ringwood Collection provides another excellent example of how Omeka’s themes can be modified to create attractive and distinctive looks for any web project.

Screencast Friday 11: Theme File Structure

Friday, August 8th, 2008

This week’s screencast gives a brief introduction to working with themes, providing an overview of their file structure.

New Theme

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

This time we bring you a theme based on the Bracero History Archive. Go grab the Braceros Santa Fe theme from the directory.

New Theme Monday

Monday, July 21st, 2008

And the themes roll on….

Check out the final installment of the seasonal suite, Spring, over at the theme repository.

Add an Advanced Search

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

Omeka’s How To, or Codex, section offers a wide array of information ranging from step-by-step tutorials for managing your archive to more general instructions on adding and modifying PHP functions in your theme.

One good example of the nuggets nestled in the codex is an instruction on how to add an advanced search to your public site. The advanced search is similar to what is available to you on the /admin/items page, and allows one to search or browse by a specific field which can be quite handy.

Follow the instructions and paste the code into your theme’s item/browse page to give your site’s users an easier way to mine the archive.

New Theme Monday

Monday, July 14th, 2008

The seasonal suite continues, as we launch Winter today. You can also grab it from the themes page.

Autumn Theme Available

Monday, July 7th, 2008

The second installation in our seasonal suite of themes is up. Head over to the theme page and give Autumn a try.