Theming Basics for Drupal 7 will provide a solid foundation for translating designs into Drupal themes. You'll learn to work with .info and tpl.php template files, how to add CSS and JavaScript, how to work with the render system new in Drupal 7, how to override templates, create regions, and use the Theme Developer tool.

You'll start with the original HTML, CSS and JavaScript template files that were provided by the designer so that you can follow along in translating the design into a Drupal 7 theme. The video explains Drupal's design vernacular, concepts, and special needs. We'll show you how to associate the proper CSS & Javascript files, add all of the necessary regions, and control the HTML output through page and node-specific templates. You'll learn about the best tools and strategies for controlling the look and feel of your Drupal website.

This video series will cover the basics of Drupal theming while the more advanced theming topics of working with the template.php file will be covered in the Advanced Theming video series. These videos pair with each other, and will finish the complete implementation of the 960 Robots theme used in both videos.

Examples in this video are based on Drupal 7 and its variants.

This series will comprise of the these videos:

  • Introduction to Drupal 7 Theming - FREE
  • Preparing a site for theming
  • Enabling themes and theme settings
  • Translating a design into a Drupal theme
  • Helpful browser extensions for Drupal theming
  • Creating the .info file
  • Customizing the page template file
  • Adding regions to the page template
  • Customizing the node template
  • Creating templates for node types
  • Using the theme developer module
  • Adding JavaScript to a theme
  • Tour of popular page template variables
  • Adding a screenshot to your theme
  • Conclusion to Theming Basics

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Addison Berry

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Addi is the former Director of Education at Lullabot who is currently the CEO of Drupalize.Me (launched by Lullabot and now an Osio Labs company).