Hacking Omeka

Workshop Files


Getting Started

Omeka.net is a great way to get started, and it is free! But, you cannot customize your collections beyond the themes and options provided. If you need customization, you can ask your IT department to host Omeka on campus servers or use a cloud service. We opted to use DreamHost, because they have a one-click installation for Omeka.

CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)

Cascading Style Sheets are text documents that use a markup language to apply a presentation layer to content on a webpage. This makes it possible to have a consistent style (font, alignment, colors, etc) for classes of text throughout a site, such as headers, titles, etc. There are various resources online for understanding CSS, including sites like these, that let you try out CSS code changes.

Chrome users: A helpful tool to familiarize yourself with the CSS in your Omeka site is to use an extension like CSSViewer. You might also use other Chrome extensions to help you identify hex codes for color changes, like Eye Dropper or Color Generator.

In Omeka, you will work with the style.css file located within the chosen theme folder. That file is accessed on the server hosting your installation of Omeka. For example, if you chose to use the Minimalist theme, the file is located under themes/minimalist/css.

Omeka Themes

A standard installation of Omeka comes with four themes (default, minimalist, rhythm, seasons). Additional themes can be found here.

Omeka Plugins

Omeka Plugins page



HTML special characters

hacking_omeka image files

CSV file (movie.csv)


The Omeka community is growing. You can find help in the Omeka.org community forums and documentation.