Create and share a font theme component

themes

(Sam Saffron) #1

Discourse supports importing themes containing assets from a remote repository.

This allows theme authors to share fonts and images.

Create a new git repository with the font

mkdir discourse-roboto-theme
cd discourse-roboto-theme
git init .
vim about.json

For about.json add a skeleton config file

{
   "name" : "Roboto theme component",
   "about_url" : "",
   "license_url": "",
   "assets": {
        "roboto": "assets/roboto.woff2"
   }
}

Add a LICENSE file, I usually use MIT

vim LICENSE

Download the font

http://localfont.com/ is a handy site to get fonts

mkdir assets
cp ~/Downloads/roboto.woff2 roboto.woff2

Add CSS that consumes the theme

mkdir common
cd common

Create a file called common.scss with

@font-face {
  font-family: Roboto;
  src: url($roboto) format('woff2')
}

body {
    font-family: Roboto;
}

Push changes to GitHub

Check in all your changes:

git add LICENSE
git add about.json
git add assets/roboto.woff2
git add common/common.scss
git commit -am "first commit"

Create an account on GitHub.com and then create a new repository.

(Optional) create a topic on Discourse as a home to discuss your colors

Ideally you would create a topic in the #plugin:theme category with some screenshots of your color scheme. You will use this as your about_url

Fill in the missing information in your about.json file

  • Navigate to your LICENSE page on GitHub, fill in that URL as your license_url

  • Either use the GitHub project URL or Discourse topic URL as your about_url

At the end of the process your about.json file will look something like:

{
   "name" : "Roboto theme component",
   "about_url": "https://github.com/SamSaffron/discourse-roboto-theme",
   "license_url": "https://github.com/SamSaffron/discourse-roboto-theme/blob/master/LICENSE",
   "assets": {
        "roboto": "assets/roboto.woff2"
   }
}

Check in the change and push to GitHub

git commit -am "added more details"
git push

Test your font component

  • In the admin/customize/theme screen import your theme from GitHub

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You can now easily share fonts!

See also:


Include images and fonts in themes
Do you have original customisations?
Beginner's guide to using Discourse themes
(Danny Goodall) #2

Great tutorial.

Worked like a charm except it looks like localfont.com is down or no more.

I used this Google webfonts helper site to download a .woff2 version of the font I was after.