We were delighted to be voted third overall by the SilverStripe judges. Congratualtions to Sveta here at GPMD, who's 'Tangerine' theme was also voted 'Judges Choice' out of the non-finalists. And a big well done to Sara Tušar, who's theme 'Simple' came in first place. Click here for full details on all the finalists.
If any of you follow me on Twitter you’ll have noticed me going on recently about a theme contest for SilverStripe CMS. Here at GPMD we love SilverStripe and use it as the platform for many of our projects, so when we heard about the contest we thought we’d like to give something back.
View a live demo or get stuck in and download the theme below:
When discussing what we wanted to achieve there were a few considerations we felt were important. The theme should be:
- Beautiful (naturally)
- Exclusive - you won’t see this theme anywhere else, it’s exclusive to SilverStripe
- Neutral - suitable for any kind of business, organisation or personal website
- Compatible - works with SilverStripe version 2.4 and the soon to be released version 3
- Current - uses HTML5 and CSS3 (degrades gracefully on older browsers)
- Accessible - clean and semantic code
- Responsive - looks good no matter what device it’s being viewed on
We also took into account the fact that a default SilverStripe install doesn’t include any data or widgets, so it had to look good with little or no content.
I’ve worked with many different themes on various platforms and the ones I’ve enjoyed using the most are those that aren’t overly styled and are easy to customise - I’m a front-end developer and I don’t want the way a theme is set up to get in my way of being creative with it.
Therefore, my primary goal was to create a beautiful bare-bones theme that could be used as is, or built upon and expanded quickly by developers.
Rather than try and re-invent the wheel I used the superb HTML5 Boilerplate as my base template and the excellent 320andup HTML5 Boilerplate Extension to bring in the responsive ‘stuff’. 320andup works on the basis of 'mobile first', so it prevents mobile devices from downloading desktop assets by using a ‘mobile’ stylesheet as its starting point.
Then into the mix I integrated the default SilverStripe template features (three level menu, sidebar support, breadcrumbs etc.), added a touch of sexy css (using LESS) and bingo, one fully responsive, gorgeous SilverStripe theme!
As an added extra I included styling for the simple blog module because I know a lot of people will want to use that.
Just gimme the good stuff already!
If you’ve read this far I assume you’re still interested in downloading the theme. Simply click the big button below and off you go, take it and make it your own.
Feedback and Support
This is just the start for Sunrise, so I’m sure issues will arise as people use it. Please feel free to leave your feedback in the comments section below and we’ll do our best to implement updates and fixes in future releases.
You can also submit support questions, although as it’s a free theme the time we’re able to dedicate to support will be limited. However, we are planning on producing more themes in the future and will therefore be setting up a dedicated support forum at some point, so watch this space...
The theme is free and covered by exactly the same BSD license as SilverStripe.