Thursday, February 3, 2011

New Omeka Theme Released

For those Omeka users out there, you've now got one more free design option for your site. I have recently released my theme, "Easy Colour", freely available on the Omeka website.

For those without website design experience, a free theme can save you thousands of dollars. The one I have created is designed to make it easy for users to customize the colour palatte to suit their own tastes or institutional colours.

I hope you find it useful!


Jason said...


A student of mine is having trouble getting easy colour to work on her project site. I took a quick look at the css & noticed that print.css is an empty file, and that for some reason her home page is not activating the link to screen.css. I'm not usre if this is a bug but wanted to let you know. Thanks!

natasia.k said...

Hi Adam,

I'm using this theme for the omeka site I'm currently building, but I'm finding that unless you're using IE, the formatting for the main site page is off. I've had this same problem using both Chrome and Firefox. The problem is this: the buttons, unless the page is viewed in IE, don't line up where they're supposed to with the background photos. It looks like the problem might be in the header code, but I'm not sure. Do you have any suggestions for how this can be rectified?


Adam Crymble said...

Hi Natasha,

I'm happy to look into the problem, but I need far more information. What version of Omeka are you using? Where is your site? Have you changed anything?

You can email me the details at


Adam Crymble said...

I have a suggestion that might fix your problem. Am I right to assume that your title is too long to fit on a single line and is overflowing onto a second line?

If that's the case, then that's almost certainly what's causing your boxes not to line up properly.

There are two solutions:

1) Change your title to something shorter
2) edit the CSS file. The exact line to look for is in the /easy-colour/css/screen.css file. You will need to adjust the CSS class for the title: "#site-title {font-size: 6em; etc.}

If you lower the font-size to 5em or 4em it should solve the problem. If you know any CSS you can try to tinker to get something you're happy with.

If that's not clear drop me a line and I'll see if I can help further.

natasia.k said...

Hi Adam,

You were right about the title issue. I toyed with the css to make the font size smaller and everything lines up properly now. Thanks for the suggestion!


gnosis_librarian said...

I am trying to use the Easy Color Omeka Template and I have a preliminary question.

The Easy Color theme does not appear to have a header file. How to add?

Notice the top of the page at this URL:

There is peculiar white-space with no navigation. How do I remove the whitespace or duplicate the footer and make it a header to put in place of the white-space?

Web Developer toolbar does not see any div or CSS there.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Tom Purnell said...

Trying to find a downloadable version of this theme but cant' seem to find a link anywhere :( Has it been withdrawn from circulation?

Adam Crymble said...

You're right Tom. I'll get on the Omeka people and find out what's happened.

Tom Purnell said...

Managed to find a version here but it doesn't seem to work with the current version of Omeka :(

Adam Crymble said...

Hi Tom,

I fixed the problem, caused by an Omeka upgrade. The theme can now be found here:

Tom Purnell said...

thanks Adam

Unknown said...

Hi Adam,

Do you have any examples of Easy Colour we can check out? The example on Omeka is just a static image. Would be great to play with a live demo.


Adam Crymble said...

You can play around with my site dedicated to silly pictures of ducks, which uses the Easy Colour theme.

Cathy Moran Hajo said...

Hi Adam,

I have a student working on an Omeka exhibit that wants to use easy-colour. We are running Omeka 1.5.3 and when we installed the theme, we don't see the Configure option button. It this an issue with the Omeka version? Thanks,

Cathy Moran Hajo
class site:

Adam Crymble said...

Hi Cathy,

I'm afraid I havn't kept up to date on changes Omeka's made that might cause you problems. The Configure button may be a new feature that wasn't around when the theme was created.

You could try posting a question on the Omeka forums. They will know more than I will (

Good luck,


Cathy Moran Hajo said...

Thanks-- I figured that it might be something like that.

Lauren Carboy said...
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Lauren said...

Hi Adam,

I am currently using the easy-colour theme for a digital library prototype project on Omeka. Unfortunately, when I upload the theme through an FTP onto our server, some error messages come up (including "PHP Fatal Error; Call to undefined function settings ..."). But, at the end of the upload, the FTP (FileZilla) states that it was uploaded successfully. I am able to see the theme once we go into our Omeka Appearances page, and when I click "Use This Theme", Omeka states that the theme was successfully updated. However, when I go to look at our actual website, it's blank. Nothing comes up at all.

Any idea what could be going on here?

Jake said...

Hi, Adam,

Are you planning on updating the easy-colour theme for compatibility with Omeka's latest version?



Adam Crymble said...

Hi Lauren, this theme hasn't been updated in a few years and may not be compatible with the latest version of Omeka. I havn't used it in quite a while, so I'm not sure what the problem is that you're experiencing. I have no plans to make further updates on this, but anyone interested in doing so is more than free to.