Pete Harris recently released a number of themes, some of them with css overrides controlling the appearance of plugins that modification of the views/default/css.php did not touch. This is because many plugins have their own css.php files. Let’s look at the directory structure of one of his themes:
Looking at the third panel containing the hiles of the theme’s views/default/ directory, there are several folders for plugins that you do not see in the core views/default. Each of these contains a css.php file governing the appearance of the plugin when the theme is activated. In this case we are looking at the css.php file for the blog plugin.
Let’s look at the original blog plugin’s directory structure:
As you can see, there are parallels between the directory pathways to the governing css.php files. For the original blog mod:
This is the same as the pathway within the theme folder:
In order to create an override impacting plugins, you simply need to make a directory in your theme:
Create a copy of the plugin’s original css.php, and edit it to change the appearance. Once you are done, save it and and put it in the apporpriate folder as css.php:
This will now override:
Examining Pete’s modification gave me a deeper understanding of how the appearance of Elgg is controlled. It certainly opens up many more avenues of customization than I previously realized.