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
Introduction00:03:40Using the DrupalTutor DevStack00:28:42Installing Drupal on the BitWisdom Development Stack00:26:00Using the Code Repository for this Class00:16:28Enabling Twig Debug Mode00:04:41Creating Themes for Drupal 800:24:47Adding CSS Libraries to Your Drupal 8 Theme00:37:20Adding Images to Your Drupal 8 Theme00:09:49Overriding and Customizing Templates in Your Drupal 8 Theme00:27:03Working with Regions and Blocks in Your Drupal 8 Theme00:18:52
Lesson 2: The Twig Language
Twig: Rendering and Debugging Content Variables00:28:11Twig: Using Filters to Format Content00:30:52Twig: Working with Variables and Control Structures00:45:13Twig: Functions00:23:36Twig: Combining and Extending Twig Templates00:19:57
Lesson 3: Advanced Theming Techniques
Lesson 4: A Case Study
Design to Theme Case Study: Introduction00:12:13Design to Theme Case Study: Installing Drupal00:11:36Design to Theme Case Study: Regions00:33:56Design to Theme Case Study: Adding CSS00:13:27Design to Theme Case Study: The Header Region00:28:16Design to Theme Case Study: Portfolio Full Page View00:41:53Design to Theme Case Study: Portfolio Teaser00:25:53Design to Theme Case Study: Blog Full Page View00:33:11Design to Theme Case Study: Blog Teaser View00:11:43Design to Theme Case Study: Blog Footer Block00:15:14Design to Theme Case Study: Sidebar and Footer Blocks00:39:48Design to Theme Case Study: Home Page Content00:16:54Design to Theme Case Study: Banner and Intro Blocks00:35:02Design to Theme Case Study: Disabling Development Mode00:03:24Class Wrap-Up00:03:10
Appendix: Using Local Development Environments
An Overview of Local Development Environments00:01:50Using Lando as a Local Development Environment00:39:00Using DDev as a Local Development Environment00:28:36Using DrupalVM as a Local Development Environment00:30:38
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.
“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
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.