Drupal 8 Theme Development

Course Overview

In this course, you will learn to build your own custom themes for Drupal. The class covers Drupal 8 theming: using the Twig templating language and other Drupal theme features to implement responsive designs from HTML/graphic templates. 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 HTML and CSS. Those without Drupal experience should take Building Websites with Drupal 8.

How is it taught?

The class will consist of four weekly video lessons, each around 3 hours long, and four weekly live Q&A sessions with the instructor. The lessons will cover the topics listed below and can be watched on-demand, 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 weekly live 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 right on the spot.) In addition to the live sessions, you will have access to an online forum to discuss assignments with other students and ask the instructor questions during the week.

After the course is over you can continue to access the lesson videos, free of charge, forever. There are no monthly subscription fees. Just come back and watch the lessons whenever you want. They are a great reference when you forget how to do something.

Lessons In This Course

Lesson 1: Creating Themes for Drupal 8
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  • Introduction
    00:03:40
  • Using the DrupalTutor DevStack
    00:28:42
  • Installing Drupal on the BitWisdom Development Stack
    00:26:00
  • Using the Code Repository for this Class
    00:16:28
  • Enabling Twig Debug Mode
    00:04:41
  • Creating Themes for Drupal 8
    00:24:47
  • Adding CSS Libraries to Your Drupal 8 Theme
    00:37:20
  • Adding Images to Your Drupal 8 Theme
    00:09:49
  • Overriding and Customizing Templates in Your Drupal 8 Theme
    00:27:03
  • Working with Regions and Blocks in Your Drupal 8 Theme
    00:18:52
  • Twig: Rendering and Debugging Content Variables
    00:28:11
  • Twig: Using Filters to Format Content
    00:30:52
  • Twig: Working with Variables and Control Structures
    00:45:13
  • Twig: Functions
    00:23:36
  • Twig: Combining and Extending Twig Templates
    00:19:57
  • Theming Views
    00:36:11
  • Adding Custom Javascript Code to Your Theme Libraries
    00:20:49
  • Overriding and Extending CSS and Javascript Libraries
    00:19:37
  • Using Preprocess Functions
    00:14:13
  • Creating Custom Templates
    00:31:03
  • Implementing Responsive Designs on Drupal 8
    00:10:07
  • Using the Responsive Images Module
    00:21:03
  • Design to Theme Case Study: Introduction
    00:12:13
  • Design to Theme Case Study: Installing Drupal
    00:11:36
  • Design to Theme Case Study: Regions
    00:33:56
  • Design to Theme Case Study: Adding CSS
    00:13:27
  • Design to Theme Case Study: The Header Region
    00:28:16
  • Design to Theme Case Study: Portfolio Full Page View
    00:41:53
  • Design to Theme Case Study: Portfolio Teaser
    00:25:53
  • Design to Theme Case Study: Blog Full Page View
    00:33:11
  • Design to Theme Case Study: Blog Teaser View
    00:11:43
  • Design to Theme Case Study: Blog Footer Block
    00:15:14
  • Design to Theme Case Study: Sidebar and Footer Blocks
    00:39:48
  • Design to Theme Case Study: Home Page Content
    00:16:54
  • Design to Theme Case Study: Banner and Intro Blocks
    00:35:02
  • Design to Theme Case Study: Disabling Development Mode
    00:03:24
  • Class Wrap-Up
    00:03:10

See It In Action

Watch this sample video to get a sense of what this course is like.

Watch Example Video

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.

Web Developer

“Multiple times during the course, I would pause the video, go into my real-life-Drupal-8 development codebase, and implement the technique I just learned.”

James — Senior Web Developer
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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.

$ 398
Per student
  • 14+ hours of video lessons
  • 4 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 January 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 February 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 February 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 March 4, 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 March 18, 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 April 1, 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 April 15, 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 April 29, 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 May 13, 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 May 27, 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 January 22, 2020 to March 4, 2020.

Your practice development environment will be available from February 5, 2020 to March 18, 2020.

Your practice development environment will be available from February 19, 2020 to April 1, 2020.

Your practice development environment will be available from March 4, 2020 to April 15, 2020.

Your practice development environment will be available from March 18, 2020 to April 29, 2020.

Your practice development environment will be available from April 1, 2020 to May 13, 2020.

Your practice development environment will be available from April 15, 2020 to May 27, 2020.

Your practice development environment will be available from April 29, 2020 to June 10, 2020.

Your practice development environment will be available from May 13, 2020 to June 24, 2020.

Your practice development environment will be available from May 27, 2020 to July 8, 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)
January 28 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EST
February 4 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EST
February 11 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EST
February 18 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EST
Date Time(s)
February 11 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EST
February 18 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EST
February 26 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EST
March 3 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EST
Date Time(s)
February 26 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EST
March 3 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EST
March 10 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
March 17 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
Date Time(s)
March 10 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
March 17 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
March 24 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
March 31 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
Date Time(s)
March 24 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
March 31 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
April 7 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
April 14 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
Date Time(s)
April 7 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
April 14 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
April 21 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
April 28 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
Date Time(s)
April 21 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
April 28 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
May 5 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
May 11 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
Date Time(s)
May 5 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
May 11 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
May 15 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
May 26 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
Date Time(s)
May 15 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
May 26 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
June 2 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
June 9 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
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