Drupal 8 Theme Development

Learn to build your own custom themes for Drupal

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

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

Lesson 2: The Twig Language

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

Lesson 3: Advanced Theming Techniques

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

Lesson 4: A Case Study

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

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

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 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!

Your lesson videos will be available starting November 11, 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 16, 2020.

Your practice development environment will be available from August 19, 2020 to September 30, 2020.

Your practice development environment will be available from September 2, 2020 to October 14, 2020.

Your practice development environment will be available from September 16, 2020 to October 28, 2020.

Your practice development environment will be available from September 30, 2020 to November 11, 2020.

Your practice development environment will be available from October 14, 2020 to November 25, 2020.

Your practice development environment will be available from October 28, 2020 to December 9, 2020.

Your practice development environment will be available from November 11, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Date Time(s)
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