Academica, Theme for Educational Sites Ported to Drupal

Academica originally developed by the people of Proud themes for Wordpress and published on Smashing Magazine, was ported to Drupal using Opengrid as base theme.

The theme was developed for  Educational and Non-Profit organizations, which I think, is a good niche for Drupal themes as there are not that large a variety of quality free themes in this high demand sector.

The main features of the theme were mostly reproduced using features that exists by default in the Opengrid base theme, but others were created specially for this case.

Main Features.

Front Page Slideshow:

Jquery Cycle plugin  was use to achieve the slideshow, is a great plugin with several options for effects.

Images must be saved in the slideshow folder, that is placed inside the images folder of the theme, finally from the theme settings page is possible to configure:

  • Enabled or  Disabled the slideshow box
  • List which images to show
  • Settings for the size of the slideshow box.

Main Navigation Dropdown:

  • This is activated by default in the theme.
  • Remember to set as expandable the items of the main navigation from the menu settings page.


  • To reproduce original theme behavior, the comment forms must be shown in the same page of the post.

Header Search form:

  • The Search module must be enabled
  • The Search form block must be enabled and placed in the header region.

Social box:

  • The Social box must be enabled from the theme settings page
  • Use the textfields to load links to social sites.  


How to Install:

  • Download Opengrid theme from Drupal.
  • Uncompress it and save it in the sites/all/themes folder.
  • Download Opengrid Academica Theme.
  • Uncompress it and save it in the sites/all/themes folder.
  • Go to the admin/settings/themes page of your Drupal site,and enable the Opengrid Academica theme.

Give it a try and remember, your feedback is always welcome.



This is a good theme; I have worked on this theme. But there is some issue with the functioning of the theme and using the slider for other pages also including the load page. And to use the contact form plugin in this is quite easy.

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