Drupal 7 Layout & Theming (2 days)

This 2-day course provides a comprehensive understanding of theme development in Drupal 7. The student will learn all the skills necessary to take control over the look and feel of Drupal websites by creating custom themes and subthemes.

Should I Take this Course?

This course is perfect for those who are:

  • front end developers unfamiliar with Drupal theming
  • Drupal site builders who need to take more control over HTML and CSS
  • planning to build a new site in Drupal 7
  • preparing for delivery of a new Drupal 7 development
  • looking to firm up Acquia best practice knowledge for Drupal 7 Certification
Recommended Experience

Having a basic understanding of the following technologies is helpful, but not required:

  • Authoring content using a Content Management system
  • Experience with Drupal's administrative interface
  • Experience with CSS, JS and HTML
  • Some PHP experience is helpful

Day 1: Layout & Theming

  • Drupal Theming Fundamentals
    • How Does Drupal Theming Work?
    • What are Themers?
    • Making a Simple Theme
    • Adding CSS and JavaScript to Themes
    • Anatomy of a Theme
  • Customizing Your Theme
    • Coding Standards in Drupal
    • Introduction to Overriding Template Files
    • Adding Regions to Themes and Templates
    • Basic Structures in PHP

Day 2: Layout & Theming

  • Base Themes and Subtheming
    • What are Base and Starter Themes?
    • Using Subthemes
    • File Inheritance
  • Matching a Design Using a Zen Subtheme
    • The Client's Design
    • Import Your Site
    • Creating a Zen Subtheme and Configure
    • Building the Layout and Structure
    • Adapting CSS to Match a Design
  • Designing Responsive Drupal Sites
    • Optimizing Navigation
    • Making Views Grid Display Responsive
    • Responsive Images, Slideshows, Videos
  • Controlling Layout Through Configuration
    • Site Building Tips
    • Contributed Modules for Layout
    • The Display Suite Module
    • Panels and Custom Layouts
    • The Context Module