Introducing York, A New Theme for Sueetie

Now that Sueetie Version 2.0 is out the door I wanted to start providing users with more themes to choose from.  Like I wrote in the Sueetie roadmap, “If Web Designers don’t use the Lollipop and Chiclet Theme Packs to provide new themes, I will.” The new Sueetie v2.0 theme named “York” is the first of several new themes you’ll be seeing over next weeks and months. I’ll blog about availability details once things get rolling.

The York theme is named for York, Pennsylvania, home of the York Peppermint Pattie.  It’s also an old stomping ground from when I was a kid in South Central PA, so we want to give York some love. You can see the York theme online at  Below is a screenshot of the home page. The intention of York is to provide a theme with an easily customizable banner and fixed sidebar.  I took the opportunity to give Gus a feature on the banner.

I’ve added a new custom.css file to Sueetie theming and will identify the primary classes and objects for customization in that stylesheet.  The purpose of the annotated custom.css in each Sueetie Theme is to enable users to install Gummy Bear, select a theme, then very quickly change page background color, marquee photo, sidebar color, primary link colors, etc. We’re not talking dynamic CSS, admin forms or anything complicated, just a simple CSS override architecture with all essential definitions in one file.

The York sidebar is the first vertical version of the Sueetie Global SiteMenu. All contextual highlighting is fully operational.

Theming isn’t the most energizing part of my role as Head Sueetie Ice Cream Dipper, so I’ll be getting back into coding a bit before starting work on the next theme. You can be sure, however, that more Sueetie themes are on the way.

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A long time developer, I was an early adopter of Linux in the mid-90's for a few years until I entered corporate environments and worked with Microsoft technologies like ASP, then .NET. In 2008 I released Sueetie, an Online Community Platform built in .NET. In late 2012 I returned to my Linux roots and locked in on Java development. Much of my work is available on GitHub.