I am recreating an existing website and part of the process is enabling a theme from the same existing site on my new version.

The theme is called microsite and has an image located in /microsite/images/.

In the original site, the image from the above directory is loaded and displayed in a block. I copied the code from the block of the original site, pasted and saved in a block of my new site. The HTML markup is the following.

<a href="/publications" target="_self">
  <img src="/sites/all/themes/microsite/images/image.jpg" />

Using the exact HTML markup in my recreated site with the same theme and path to image shows a broken image link. The link shows up as instead of

To resolve this, I set $base_url in settings.php to, but the link is still broken.

Can anyone help, please?

4 Answers 4


Use the url() function to perform the path/URL magic for you. Note that you will have to change the block's input format to "PHP code" for this to work.

<a href="<?php print url('publications'); ?>" target="_self">
  <img src="<?php print url('sites/all/themes/microsite/images/image.jpg'); ?>" />

(All of the above could be accomplished by a call to theme_image() followed by l() but that would obscure the answer. Also, it's good practice to use path_to_theme() to get the path to the current theme.)


You should remove the first slash from src in your theme to

<img src="sites/all/themes/microsite/images/image.jpg" />

That first slash is indicating that it is relative to your web root rather than your Drupal root.

  • Thanks but that didn't solve the problem
    – sisko
    Dec 12, 2013 at 9:02

If none of these answers work, make sure you have set the RewriteBase in your .htaccess file to be in the virtual directory /mysite

# Modify the RewriteBase if you are using Drupal in a subdirectory or in a
# VirtualDocumentRoot and the rewrite rules are not working properly.
# For example if your site is at http://example.com/drupal uncomment and
# modify the following line:
 RewriteBase /mysite

Try this:

<img src="<?php print drupal_get_path("microsite", "theme"); ?>/images/image.jpg" /> 

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