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 Development00:07:00Using the DrupalTutor DevStack00:28:42Installing Drupal with Drush00:13:29Creating Your First Theme01:46:59
Lesson 2: The Drupal Theme System
The Drupal Theme System00:49:43Using Preprocessing Functions00:38:45Using the Theme Developer Module00:44:58
Lesson 3: Theming Forms and Views
Theming Forms01:11:56Theming Views01:07:29
Lesson 4: The Display Suite Module
Display Suite Layouts00:40:28Display Suite Field Templates00:26:55Display Suite Custom View Modes00:17:48Display Suite Custom Fields00:34:52Display Suite Extras00:25:38
Lesson 5: Creating Themes with Omega
Creating an Omega Subtheme00:25:14Configuring Omega UI Options01:18:48Creating Responsive CSS Files with Omega00:32:21Packing Omega Subtheme Options with Omega Tools00:10:16
Lesson 6: PSD to Theme: A Case Study
Introduction and Building the Blog01:10:11Building the Portfolio Items00:43:47Building the Home Page Slideshow00:18:15Creating an Omega Subtheme and Adding Images and CSS01:35:57
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.
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.