Drupal 7 Theme Development

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
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  • 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
  • The Drupal Theme System
    00:49:43
  • Using Preprocessing Functions
    00:38:45
  • Using the Theme Developer Module
    00:44:58
  • Theming Forms
    01:11:56
  • Theming Views
    01:07:29
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 May 27, 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 June 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 June 24, 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 July 8, 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 July 22, 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 5, 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!

Development Environment

Your practice development environment will be available from May 27, 2020 to July 22, 2020.

Your practice development environment will be available from June 10, 2020 to August 4, 2020.

Your practice development environment will be available from June 24, 2020 to August 18, 2020.

Your practice development environment will be available from July 8, 2020 to September 2, 2020.

Your practice development environment will be available from July 22, 2020 to September 16, 2020.

Your practice development environment will be available from August 5, 2020 to September 30, 2020.

Your practice development environment will be available from August 19, 2020 to October 14, 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)
June 2 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
June 9 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
June 16 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
June 23 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
June 30 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
July 7 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
Date Time(s)
June 16 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
June 23 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
June 30 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
July 7 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
July 13 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
July 20 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
Date Time(s)
June 30 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
July 7 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
July 13 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
July 20 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
July 28 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
August 4 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
Date Time(s)
July 13 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
July 20 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
July 28 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
August 4 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
August 11 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
August 18 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
Date Time(s)
July 28 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
August 4 10:00am-11:00am & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
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
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