Last updated August 25, 2009. Created by jwolf on March 28, 2009.
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Quick links

  1. Regions
  2. Layouts
  3. Banner image
  4. Theme settings
  5. local.css
  6. How to remove the credit links
  7. IE6 PNG fix
  8. Port to D5

Acquia Slate was created by Top Notch Themes in partnership with Acquia. The Acquia Slate theme can be found packaged with Acquia Drupal or by downloading Acquia Slate at

The Acquia Slate project page is the place to go to get help, submit feature requests, and report bugs. Before you post to the issue queue be sure to check that the issue or bug you want to report hasn't already been reported and/or fixed. Please, provide a detailed explanation of the issue you would like help with or the bug that you have found. The more details you provide (link, screenshots, etc), the more likely your request for help or bug report will get attention.


There are 14 regions available in Acquia Slate for placing blocks of content. The regions are as follows:

  1. Banner
  2. Header top
  3. Header first
  4. Header middle
  5. Frontpage preface sidebar - only displayed on frontpage
  6. Inner content top - not displayed on frontpage
  7. Sidebar first (left sidebar)
  8. Sidebar last (right sidebar)
  9. Content bottom
  10. Postscript first
  11. Postscript middle
  12. Postscript last
  13. Footer
  14. Node bottom - this region is only available on full node pages

Fig. 1 - Acquia Slate region maps - frontpage and inner pages


Because the regions in Acquia Slate are collapsible (a region disappears if blocks are not assigned)  there can be different layouts:

Fig. 2 - Acquia Slate's different layouts

The banner image in Acquia Slate (the big image on the front page and background image within content-top region) can be activated by either turning on the site's mission statement or by adding blocks to the "Front Preface Sidebar" region. Addtionally, the "Content top" region contains the same banner image as its background. Adding blocks to the "Content top" region will display the banner image as its background.

Theme settings

Acquia Slate makes extensive use out of theme settings available in Drupal 6. The theme settings help you make adjustments to what types of information is shown with your content, and how it is displayed.

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Note: The theme settings can be found at: 

or by clicking:

Admin » Themes » Configure (Acquia Slate)
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The following is a list of theme settings which can be adjusted and customized:

General settings

  1. Breadcrumb - Should breadcrumbs be displayed?
  2. Username - Display "not verified" for unregistered usernames
  3. Search results - What additional information should be displayed on your search results page?

Fig. 3 - Acquia Slate's general theme settings

Node settings

You can modify node settings so they apply to all content types. Check the "Use content-type specific settings" box to customize node settings for each individual content types. You may want to change the way taxonomy terms are displayed or customize node links:

  1. Author & date - author's username and/or display date posted. Alternatively, you can use custom settings for each content type instead
  2. Taxonomy terms - When should taxonomy terms be displayed. Options are a) never display taxonomy terms; b) always display taxonomy terms; or c) only display taxonomy terms on full node pages (not in teasers)
  3. Links - this option allows you to customize the text of node links for both the "Read more" and "Add new comment" links

 Fig. 4 - Acquia Slate's node theme settings

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Note on displaying vocabularies: Vocabularies are not displayed by default. Individual vocabularies have to be selected, within the "Taxonomy terms" settings section, in order to display vocabularies.
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Search engine optimization (SEO) settings

  1. Page titles - the title that displays in the title bar of your web browser. Options are a) Front page title; and b) Other page titles
  2. Meta tags - this is what will be shown as the description of your link in search engine results.

Fig. 5 - Acquia Slate's SEO theme settings


Acquia Slate comes with local.css support which allows you to customize the look and layout of the theme without changing the theme's style.css file.  The file name is local_sample.css; put your custom css and css overrides in this file and rename it to local.css  By restricting your css changes to local.css your changes will not be overwritten when upgrading to a new version of the theme.

NOTE: Don't forget to uncomment the call to local.css in so that modifications to local.css will take affect.

How to remove the credit links

The credit links at the bottom of the page, "Theme provided by Acquia, Inc. under GPL license from TopNotchThemes Drupal themes", can be removed by using the local.css file, and add:

#legal-notice {
  display: none;

Adding the above to your local.css ensures that any upgrades of the theme will not reverse your changes.

IE6 pngfix

Acquia Slate does not use any alpha transparent png images. However, for consistency and documentation purposes, the pngfix code is available in the theme for those wishing to use alpha transparent png images.

Because IE6 does not display alpha transparent png images correctly Acquia Slate utilizes a ie6pngfix method which requires the path (location on the web server) of the theme to be as follows: /sites/all/themes/acquia_marina

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Note: The and ie6-fixes.css files that come with the theme must contain the path to the theme in order for alpha transparent png images to display correctly in IE6. By default, the path to the Acquia Slate theme is /sites/all/themes/acquia_slate
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Port to D5

Acquia Slate was created for Drupal 6 and is currently only actively maintained and supported for Drupal 6.

Keeping up with the latest changes

Acquia Slate is actively maintained on a weekly basis. New features and bug fixes are available in the development snapshot before ported over to an official release. You can always download the latest changes to Acquia Slate at

If you find an issue with the development snapshot or wish to see an particular feature added to the theme please file a detailed bug report or feature request via the Acquia Slate project issue queue.

Looking for support? Visit the forums, or join #drupal-support in IRC.