Customizing site appearance

In Drupal, your website's theme is how the different visual elements that make up your website are combined and placed. It includes the available regions that you can use, different layouts on different pages, and the selection of colors, fonts, and graphics.

Your theming options for your websites on Acquia Cloud Site Factory depend on which Drupal distribution you're using and your subscription level.

Theming with a custom distribution

Acquia Cloud Site Factory provides two principal methods for theming your websites that use your custom Drupal distribution: using an external Git repository, and manually theming your website.

Using an external Git repository

If you're a PaaS subscription customer, you can associate an external Git repository that contains one or more Drupal 7 themes for use with your website. After you connect your website to a theme repository, you can view and select its themes by clicking Appearance in the admin menu.

For more information about connecting to an external theme repository, see Adding external themes to your site.

Manually theming your site

SaaS+ and PaaS subscription customers also have the ability to manually theme their websites in manners similar to other Drupal 7 websites.

Theming with the Gardens distribution

If you're using the Gardens distribution (SaaS, SaaS+, and some PaaS subscription customers), you have two methods that you can use to theme your website:

  • ThemeBuilder

    The ThemeBuilder is a point-and-click tool that was designed to allow site builders and developers the ability to easily style websites, even if they didn’t have experience with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). You can use the themes that come with the Gardens distribution as they are, or you can fully customize them to create a unique look.

    The themes that are included with the Gardens distribution are standard, responsive-ready Drupal themes. Behind the scenes, Acquia Cloud Site Factory combines your styling choices and any image files you upload into valid CSS, creating a fully exportable and compatible Drupal theme that you can use on any Drupal 7 website.

    For more information about the ThemeBuilder, see Using ThemeBuilder.

  • Manually

    SaaS+ and PaaS subscription customers have the ability to disable the ThemeBuilder and manually theme their websites in manners similar to other Drupal 7 websites.

    You can also associate one or more themes that are located in an external Git code repository with your website. After you disable the ThemeBuilder and connect to a theme repository, you can view and select its themes by clicking Appearance in the admin menu.

    For more information about connecting to an external theme repository, see Adding external themes to your site.

Subscription tier theming matrix

Acquia Cloud Site Factory provides the following website theming options for your websites, based on your subscription level:

Tier Theming options
PaaS (custom distro) Can change their website's styling by directly modifying the codebase to add a custom theme, or can add themes from an external Git code repository
PaaS (Gardens distro) Can either:
  • Use the ThemeBuilder to manage themes
  • Manually modify themes by disabling the ThemeBuilder, adding any base theme files into the codebase, and then adding an external Git repository for subtheme files
SaaS+ Can either:
  • Use the ThemeBuilder to style websites and manage themes
  • Disable the ThemeBuilder and use themes from an external Git code repository
SaaS Must use the ThemeBuilder to style websites and manage themes

Drupal theming resources

For information and resources about manually creating and adding themes tp your websites, see the Theming Guide on drupal.org.