Introducing the new Illinois theme for Drupal

Illinois Drupal Framework 2.0 is available

The WIGG Drupal team has been hard at work knocking out bugs and is ready to release the first fully vetted version of the Illinois Drupal framework.  If you've been using our earlier releases, you can follow these update instructions to get the latest changes.  Please note the extra steps needed when moving to version 2.  With this release you can quickly have a site up and running on the campus cPanel hosting and enjoy many features:

  • Pre-installed theme with campus branded header, footer, and structured menu system
  • Large collection of Illinois branded user interface elements
  • Quick setup of campus logins
  • Support for pages, news stories, spotlights, donation forms, and more

Additional updates will continue to be released on a roughly monthly basis as we continue to make improvements, adopt more of the web components being developed and add more functionality to the framework.  If you have interest in using the framework, please give it a try, leave some feedback, and join our community.


There are several code repositories that come together to complete this framework and the best way to get started is to visit the Illinois_framework_project repository for detailed instructions. 

With this designation, there are some known layout, user interface, and accessibility issues being addressed. However, the data structure in the code is solid, and you can safely begin work on new Drupal projects with this code and rest assured that as we complete the testing, you will be able to apply the new code without the need to restart construction on your site. 

The proposed roadmap is:

  • September 3 – Alpha released
  • November 1 – Release Candidate release which will include:
    • upgrade to Drupal 9
    • functional bug fixes
    • accessibility issues identified
    • improved back-end and end-user documentation
  • January 12 – Full v1.0 release
    • resolve accessibility issues
    • resolve any issues that come from increased use of the release candidate

The WIGG team is here to help you get started using these tools, though we DO NOT have the capacity to perform actual deployments for units or “build you a website”.  The best way to get involved is to join our MS Teams group (WIGG Drupal) and from there you can join our bi-weekly online meetings. 

A HUGE thanks to everyone that collaborated to create this package.  There’s lots more to do, but this has been a major effort already.  Some of the key Drupal people who contributed to this are below but, by its very nature, there is work being done at the Design, WordPress, and Web Component levels that trickle down to this team.  It’s been a campus-wide group effort!

  • Nate Baxley - LAS
  • Julieanne Chapman – Tech Services
  • David Cross – ACES
  • Robbie Gascoigne - LAS
  • Bill Gutierrez – ACES
  • Maggie Jarvis - LAS
  • Tyler Rubach - LAS
  • Liz Shallenberger – ACES
  • Melissa Waller - ACES

This documentation site is running on Drupal Framework Release Candidate.