Meta Theme

I love Drupal as a content managment system, but the default themes it comes with are pretty staid. TWiT.tv – which runs Drupal – is currently based on the Push Button theme that ships with Drupal. Creating a theme from scratch is no mean feat, which is why I’ve hired Lullabot to do the coding on Arktyp’s design for the new TWiT.tv. I could never have done it myself.
I had planned to get Drupal installed here with a plain generic template and then update the site to match Leoville.com and Leo.am. But then I found this template, meta theme, from Ken Collins. I installed it as a placeholder, but it’s so slick I decided to keep it. The theme has some really neat non-obvious features like a gorgeous photo album template and a wild syntax colored code block format which is great for programmers. I’ll probably fiddle with it a bit — the font size is a little too tiny for my taste, and I’m not crazy about the funny little right quote things next to all the links — but it’s pretty gorgeous, and it turns out to be totally valid XHTML and CSS.

Drupal represents my fifth blogging engine. I started with Noah Grey’s Grey Matter in 2001, moved to Movable Type when that program was still in beta, followed Ben and Mena to Typepad, then used Expression Engine for a couple of years. I’ve been using Drupal for a year at TWiT.tv and have come to think of it as the premiere content management system due to its super clean code base and very extensive third party module support.

Migrating six hundred entries and thousands of comments from system to system hasn’t been easy. Expression Engine to Drupal offered the most tricky conversion even though both use MySQL for the data. Fortunately I found an excellent script by Tarek which worked pretty much out of the box.

So here we are. A new content management system, new incentive to keep posting here, and some neat new features like forums, polling, and a photo gallery. I hope you like the look of the new place and you’ll make yourself at home.

I’m hoping to write a script to migrate the Expression Engine user database over here, but until I do you’ll have to register to post comments. Sorry to have to do that but it’s the only effective way to prevent blog spam.

Let me know what you think! And thanks for visiting.

10 Replies to “Meta Theme”

  1. Love the new look!Love the new look Leo. It’s so techie!!! Need to change the homepage to Leoville to macth since it looks kinda bland…Keep up the great work!!

  2. meta theme in windowsHi LeoIt was good to find your blog. It looks fantastic. Thing is, I’m trying to use Meta on my site too. Looking at your site through windows, it is impeccable, and pretty much exactly as it looks in Firefox too. But if you look at my site through windows (www.nywf.org.au) you can’t read it. Any ideas? I’d greatly appreciate your help!

  3. Fells like old timesReading through the five incarnations of the blog brings back memories, through active and not so active times I’ve always loved the blog. Having watched (sometimes literally in real time via the webcam) the metamorphosis of it over the years the one thing that has remained constant is the way it feels. The look may have changed, the URL may have changed, even the purpose may have changed but with its multi facetted voice (part professional, part personal and part off the wall) it’s always felt like a comfortable old friend. Change, add and grow the blog however you like Leo, as long as the feel remains the same I’ll be happy.

  4. Is there a place I can download this template?I like the look and would like to tweak for something I’m working on.
    Anybody know where to get it?

  5. Great!Im glad you decided to keep the metatheme for your blog. Much better in my opinion then your old blog design. Looks more professional and isnt as bland as the old one. Great work Leo!
    Greg

  6. I’m curious how you plan toI’m curious how you plan to integrate Drupal with PmWiki? Are there themes that you can apply to both of them? Is there a quick and dirty way to apply CSS across a PmWiki and drupal install. If I can get Drupal to play nice with Pm, then I’m definitly switching over.

  7. meta toolsleo, im curious as to how you removed the metatools from the meta theme, i dont want my users to be able to chbage site styling

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