Drupal 7 Theme Development

Learn to build your own custom themes for Drupal 7

Course Overview

In this course, you will learn to build your own custom themes for Drupal. The class covers Drupal 7 core theming, Views theming, responsive design with the Omega base theme, and using the Display Suite module. During this course, you'll develop themes step-by-step, while following best practices to ensure maintainability and interoperability with Drupal module updates. This course is taught by a practicing Drupal developer and themer and will take a pragmatic approach to theming based on real-world experience.

Who is it for?

This course is for anyone who wants to create their own Drupal themes or customize existing themes. It targeted a web designers, system integrators, and anyone who want to tweak Drupal's look and feel to meet their needs.

Pre-requisites: This course was designed for those who have experience with Drupal site building and knowledge of PHP, HTML and CSS. Students without PHP experience should consider taking our PHP Bootcamp for Drupal class. Those without Drupal experience should take Building Websites with Drupal 7.

How is it taught

The class will consist of weekly video lessons, each around 2 hours, and weekly live lab sessions with the instructor. The lessons will cover all the topics listed below and can be watched anytime that is convenient for you. At the end of each lesson, you will be given an assignment to practice what you've learned. (We will provide web hosting for your practice work, so you don't need to worry about setting that up.) The lab sessions will be conducted online, using the webinar software GotoMeeting. During the sessions, the instructor will answer all your questions from and will help troubleshoot any issues you have doing the assignment. (GotoMeeting allows us to view your computer, and take control of your keyboard and mouse if needed. So, we can see any error messages that you're seeing and figure out how to fix it in realtime.)

In addition to the live sessions, students will have access to an online forum to discuss assignments with other students and ask the instructor questions.

Lessons In This Course

Lesson 1: Creating Your First Drupal Theme

Introduction to Drupal 7 Theme Development
00:07:00
Using the DrupalTutor DevStack
00:28:42
Installing Drupal with Drush
00:13:29
Creating Your First Theme
01:46:59

Lesson 2: The Drupal Theme System

The Drupal Theme System
00:49:43
Using Preprocessing Functions
00:38:45
Using the Theme Developer Module
00:44:58

Lesson 3: Theming Forms and Views

Theming Forms
01:11:56
Theming Views
01:07:29

Lesson 4: The Display Suite Module

Display Suite Layouts
00:40:28
Display Suite Field Templates
00:26:55
Display Suite Custom View Modes
00:17:48
Display Suite Custom Fields
00:34:52
Display Suite Extras
00:25:38

Lesson 5: Creating Themes with Omega

Creating an Omega Subtheme
00:25:14
Configuring Omega UI Options
01:18:48
Creating Responsive CSS Files with Omega
00:32:21
Packing Omega Subtheme Options with Omega Tools
00:10:16

Lesson 6: PSD to Theme: A Case Study

Introduction and Building the Blog
01:10:11
Building the Portfolio Items
00:43:47
Building the Home Page Slideshow
00:18:15
Creating an Omega Subtheme and Adding Images and CSS
01:35:57

Appendix: Using Local Development Environments

An Overview of Local Development Environments
00:01:50
Using Lando as a Local Development Environment
00:39:00
Using DDev as a Local Development Environment
00:28:36
Using DrupalVM as a Local Development Environment
00:30:38
Wayne Eaker
Wayne Eaker
Drupal Architect, Developer, and Trainer

About Your Instructor

Wayne Eaker is the director and chief developer of Zengenuity. He's a Drupal expert with years of experience building highly-customized Drupal websites. He is also a seasoned trainer, having taught professionals, corporate clients and high school computer science students.

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Our Guarantee

Try this course for a week, and if you don't agree that it's the best way to learn Drupal, we'll refund the full price. No questions asked.

$ 494
Per student
  • 12+ hours of video lessons
  • 6 weekly live webinars with your instructor
  • Permanent access to the recordings of all the lessons and live sessions
  • A development environment for your practice Drupal site
  • Access to an online forum to ask questions of the instructor and discuss with other students
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Your Class Session Details

Lesson Videos

Your lesson videos will be available starting August 10, 2020. You can start and stop the videos at your convenience, and use them as a reference forever!

Your lesson videos will be available starting August 19, 2020. You can start and stop the videos at your convenience, and use them as a reference forever!

Your lesson videos will be available starting September 2, 2020. You can start and stop the videos at your convenience, and use them as a reference forever!

Your lesson videos will be available starting September 16, 2020. You can start and stop the videos at your convenience, and use them as a reference forever!

Your lesson videos will be available starting September 30, 2020. You can start and stop the videos at your convenience, and use them as a reference forever!

Your lesson videos will be available starting October 14, 2020. You can start and stop the videos at your convenience, and use them as a reference forever!

Your lesson videos will be available starting October 28, 2020. You can start and stop the videos at your convenience, and use them as a reference forever!

Development Environment

Your practice development environment will be available from August 10, 2020 to September 30, 2020.

Your practice development environment will be available from August 19, 2020 to October 14, 2020.

Your practice development environment will be available from September 2, 2020 to October 27, 2020.

Your practice development environment will be available from September 16, 2020 to November 10, 2020.

Your practice development environment will be available from September 30, 2020 to November 24, 2020.

Your practice development environment will be available from October 14, 2020 to December 9, 2020.

Your practice development environment will be available from October 28, 2020 to December 23, 2020.

Live Webinars

Webinars for this session are scheduled at the dates and times below. Don't worry. These webinars are strictly for questions and troubleshooting. They are not required to cover the lesson material, and you are not expected to attend them all. These webinars will also be recorded, so if you can't attend a webinar due to your time zone or other conflicts, you can submit your questions ahead of time and watch the answers on the recording.

Webinar Schedule
Date Time(s)
August 11 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
August 18 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
August 25 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
September 1 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
September 8 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
September 15 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
Date Time(s)
August 25 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
September 1 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
September 8 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
September 15 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
September 22 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
September 29 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
Date Time(s)
September 8 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
September 15 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
September 22 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
September 29 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
October 6 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
October 13 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
Date Time(s)
September 22 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
September 29 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
October 6 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
October 13 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
October 20 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
October 27 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
Date Time(s)
October 6 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
October 13 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
October 20 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
October 27 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
November 3 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EST
November 10 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EST
Date Time(s)
October 20 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
October 27 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
November 3 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EST
November 10 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EST
November 17 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EST
November 24 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EST
Date Time(s)
November 3 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EST
November 10 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EST
November 17 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EST
November 24 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EST
December 1 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EST
December 8 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EST