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Themes Overview

Stanford has a family of themes built for Drupal 7. Our themes are centrally maintained, accessible, standards compliant, mobile responsive, and Stanford branded. They are updated quarterly and rolled out to Stanford Sites and to Drupal on the Collaboration Tools Installer. You may also request to download the themes for use on your Drupal site hosted elsewhere. Stanford Framework, Stanford Light, and other Stanford-branded themes are available for University academic departments, centers, research groups and administrative units.  Open Framework and Stanford Basic are available for individuals and University-recognized student groups. Below is an introduction to each theme.

Open Framework

Base Theme

Open Framework is a responsive, full-featured base theme that uses Twitter Bootstrap styles. The Open Framework theme does not include any Stanford branding elements. This theme is used as a base theme for Stanford Framework and its subthemes. Open Framework is available by default as of April 9, 2013 for all personal, group, or department sites on Stanford Sites. You may also download Open Framework and find theme documentation online at

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Stanford Light

Subtheme without Stanford Brand Bars

Stanford Light is a new, flexible theme based on Open Framework that allows you to easily customize the look-and-feel of your site using several new theme options. Theme options in Stanford Light let you choose from three font families and seven visual styles. Fonts and colors are variations on those recommended in the Stanford Identity Toolkit. You can also easily add background images to your header. Stanford Light is ideal for personal websites, student group websites, websites which do not require Stanford branding but still want the look and feel of a professional Stanford website.

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Stanford Framework

Base Theme with Stanford Branding

Stanford Framework is a base theme specifically designed for Stanford. This theme includes the official Stanford header and footer bars, as well as useful theme options to assist in creating site title treatments that align with Stanford's identity guidelines. Stanford Framework features sans-serif typography, simplified menu styles, and use of Stanford colors in block, link, and image styles. These features make Stanford Framework an ideal base theme on which to build Stanford-branded subthemes. Stanford Framework is available for University academic departments, centers, research groups and administrative units. It can be enabled by request on your Stanford Sites website, or provided as a download for use on other hosting services.

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Stanford Basic

Personal Theme

Stanford Basic is a responsive, customizable theme available to all users on Stanford Sites. This theme is available for general use, and features several useful theme options to allow for customization.

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Learn more about using Stanford Basic on the SWS Blog