In my previous post, DEBUGGING CODE AS A NON CODER, I shared with you how I debug code as a non-coder. In this post, I’m going to share with you some code enhancements I made to our Digital Wayfinding Solutions application as a non-coder. Basically, the idea was to be able to easily change the front-end designs (I called them themes) of the wayfinding interface. Here’s the typical design:

CREATING THEMES FOR OUR DIGITAL WAYFINDING SOLUTIONS Default Design The Simple Entrepreneur Marco Tran

We do have other designs such as this one for the University. So we need to be able to easily change these designs.

CREATING THEMES FOR OUR DIGITAL WAYFINDING SOLUTIONS University Design The Simple Entrepreneur Marco Tran

What we had to do in the past was to clone the Wayfinding application and then make the changes to the interface by replacing images (logo, icons, banners) and also updating the colour in the CSS files. That meant the previous design will be overwritten and the data between each cloned wayfinding application would be different.

The solution I applied was to use a variable in the index.html file which directed the system to point to a corresponding CSS and images folder. Here is the code that I added:

CREATING THEMES FOR OUR DIGITAL WAYFINDING SOLUTIONS Use Variables file paths The Simple Entrepreneur Marco Tran

This also meant the folder paths need to be changed. I created a new folder based on each theme name and moved the corresponding css files under the folder name. The images folder was also moved:

CREATING THEMES FOR OUR DIGITAL WAYFINDING SOLUTIONS Folders The Simple Entrepreneur Marco Tran
CREATING THEMES FOR OUR DIGITAL WAYFINDING SOLUTIONS Folders Paths The Simple Entrepreneur Marco Tran

The only other change in the index.html file I needed to make was related to the <img> tag. Since I was using the Javascript code to generate the folder path with the theme name, I needed to apply the ID name instead of using the full image path in the src field.

CREATING THEMES FOR OUR DIGITAL WAYFINDING SOLUTIONS Img Src using ID The Simple Entrepreneur Marco Tran

The code implementation of this solution could potentially be improved and as I mentioned at the beginning of this article I’m not a coder. The next part of the solution would be to able to switch the theme in the dashboard rather than hardcoding it in the file. I might look at doing this in the near future.

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