Campaign for Real Ale


Customise Beer Engine website appearance

The Beer Engine site customisation page can be found on your Beer Engine Site at /admin_appearance.php - for example for this site

It provides the means of selecting the overall colour scheme from the permitted CAMRA palette and allowing it to be applied to the header, menu and footer areas.  The CAMRA brand logo colour can be specified separately if following the primary colour scheme is not desirable.

The colour of the CAMRA roundel and header text can be specified.  The customisation supports the selection of a background image and / or a branch logo (in place of the CAMRA roundel) if desired.

The enhancements which have been implemented to Beer Engine appearance and management tools...

  1. Makes branch websites fully compliant with the April 2019 Brand Guidelines
  2. Makes websites responsive to different screen sizes i.e. makes them mobile friendly, including a hamburger menu on smartphones
  3. Allows easier customisation of page layout and style - see Looking smart.

The main banner layout options are:

  1. The default branch logo as defined by the brand guidelines e.g.
  2. A background photo e.g.
  3. A custom branch logo e.g. as seen ehere and

NOTES: The banner image, needs to be at least 2048 pixels wide, since it's likely to be used on some very wide screens. The custom logo image has to be close to square for it be presented as an option. Specifically, an aspect ratio between 0.9 and 1.1 is required.

You can select the primary CAMRA colour, or a 80%, 40% or 20% tint of the primary colour for the header, menu and footer background. See the Primary Colours and Tint Colours (both PDF downloads).  Here are all the Appearance Options.

The following 38 sites have had the above upgrade applied:

Aylesbury Vale & Wycombe, Central Lancs , Chelmsford and Mid-Essex, Chester & South Clwyd, Coventry & District, Croydon & Sutton , Dronfield, East and Mid Surrey, East Hampshire, East Norfolk, Enfield and Barnet, Erewash, Fenland, Furness, Halton, Highlands and Western Isles CAMRA, Huntingdonshire, Maidstone & Mid Kent, Mid Anglia, Neath & Port Talbot, North Cheshire, North Devon, North London, North Surrey, Nuneaton & Bedworth, Plymouth, Reading & Mid Berks, Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead, Solihull and District, Solway, South Cheshire, Stourbridge & Halesowen, Sunderland & South Tyneside, Surrey Hants Borders, Tewkesbury, West Norfolk, Westmorland, Wyre Forest

The enhanced Beer Engine provides other opportunities for improved formatting and layout of page (list) contents.  For examples see:

  1. Branch Diary (diary)
  2. Contacts page (contacts)
  3. Pub Guide page (pubs)
  4. News page (news)