New base theme: Noodle

We were quite silent here at noodorg for a while. But the work has been going on without any stops. Recently, we had our base theme called "noodle" completely rewritten. It is now open source so you can get a copy (currently in beta) at github: http://github.com/betarobot/noodle

UPDATE: you can download the theme directly from now on at http://drupal.org/project/noodle

Just a few words about the theme. The previous code base was used to power dozens of custom drupal themes made by us for over 4 years. The new codebase is much cleaner and more modular.

Noodle theme is intented primarily for developers and themers. The theme was developed to allow rapid creation of custom (sub)themes. It includes basic styles, typography and features which I've found to be useful on majority of projects over the years, from less complicated blogs to more complex corporate sites. Compared to many existing Drupal theme frameworks it works right away, it is lightweight, there are no zillions of settings to stick to. Actually, I believe the majority of theme settings should be hardcoded anyway not to allow the end user to ruin the original design.

I'll keep away from describing all the features, but here are a few:

  • 19 block regions (you can disable them in subtheme.info file)
  • accordion block region in the sidebar (nice to crop less used content)
  • meerkat block region at the bottom (http://meerkat.jarodtaylor.com/)
  • block region in node
  • on mouse over block edit badges at any place
  • nicely styled comments
  • compact comment forms
  • foldable comment forms to save screen space
  • nice forums

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Comments (2)

this theme is really useful for new developer in drupal bcoz it have so much region to place.
but i think you guys develop your theme for drupal 7 too.

We are working on it. Drupal 7 version of noodle theme is going to be available in 2-3 weeks.