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Drupal 7: Creating and Editing Custom Themes
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Drupal 7: Creating and Editing Custom Themes

with Chaz Chumley

Video: Welcome

Hello and welcome to Drupal 7: Creating and Editing Custom Themes. I'm Chaz Chumley. In this course we look for some of the tools and techniques needed to be successful in building beautiful and exciting Drupal websites. We will begin by walking through Drupal's theme administration. Taking a look at basic theming concepts such as templates, regions, and variables followed by how Drupal's default themes are configured, structured, and just how easy it is to install a theme and modify the look and feel.
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  1. 5m 58s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 4s
    3. Viewing the finished project
      2m 51s
  2. 23m 21s
    1. Installing Drupal 7 (Mac or Windows)
      7m 23s
    2. Using a development environment
      3m 36s
    3. Installing contributed modules
      3m 43s
    4. Using the Administration Menu module
      3m 55s
    5. Using the Backup and Migrate module
      4m 44s
  3. 15m 35s
    1. Using the Devel and Theme Developer modules
      7m 23s
    2. Using Firefox, Firebug, and Web Developer extensions
      4m 55s
    3. Using the Block Class module
      3m 17s
  4. 9m 42s
    1. Exploring the Appearance interface
      3m 20s
    2. Choosing global and theme-specific settings
      2m 55s
    3. Installing prebuilt themes
      3m 27s
  5. 10m 40s
    1. Anatomy of a theme
      2m 57s
    2. Structure of a theme
      1m 52s
    3. Understanding templates and variables
      4m 11s
    4. Exploring the theme registry
      1m 40s
  6. 27m 23s
    1. Exploring the Bartik themes folder, file structure, and .info file
      5m 45s
    2. Exploring how CSS references work in Drupal
      10m 49s
    3. Exploring how script references work in Drupal
      5m 7s
    4. Exploring regions and how they are referenced in a theme
      5m 42s
  7. 11m 5s
    1. Using the Backup Migrate module to create content for a web site
      2m 33s
    2. Creating a theming roadmap
      3m 10s
    3. Creating a theme folder, theme structure, and a .info file and enabling a theme
      5m 22s
  8. 54m 5s
    1. Customizing HTML templates and variables
      5m 29s
    2. Customizing page templates and variables
      13m 43s
    3. Creating regions and rendering page variables
      11m 36s
    4. Customizing region templates and variables
      53s
    5. Customizing node templates and variables
      4m 49s
    6. Customizing block templates and variables
      12m 14s
    7. Customizing view templates and variables
      5m 21s
  9. 13m 36s
    1. Removing unnecessary modules
      2m 46s
    2. Optimizing the CSS and JavaScript
      2m 45s
    3. Enabling caching
      4m 43s
    4. Exploring the performance settings
      3m 22s
  10. 44m 19s
    1. Recreating HanselAndPetal content, files, and the .info file
      14m 0s
    2. Adding an HTML template and modifying page templates
      11m 25s
    3. Converting node templates and page variables
      10m 30s
    4. Converting block templates and page variables
      3m 41s
    5. Converting miscellaneous templates and cleaning up CSS
      4m 43s
  11. 1m 11s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 11s

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Watch the Online Video Course Drupal 7: Creating and Editing Custom Themes
3h 36m Intermediate Jan 12, 2012

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Drupal 7: Creating and Editing Custom Themes shows the tools and techniques needed to build custom web sites with Drupal. Author Chaz Chumley introduces Drupal theme administration and takes a look at basic theming concepts, such as templates, regions, and variables. The course explores how Drupal default themes are configured and structured and how to install and edit a theme. The course also explores the tools a designer needs to create a Drupal 7 theme, using HTML, CSS, PHP, and Drupal templates, or migrate an existing Drupal 6 theme to Drupal 7. Exercise files are included with this course.

Topics include:
  • Installing Drupal 7 on Mac or Windows
  • Using the Devel and Theme Developer modules
  • Understanding templates and variables
  • Choosing global and theme specific settings
  • Exploring how CSS and JavaScript references work in Drupal
  • Creating a theme roadmap
  • Creating the theme folder, structure, and .info file
  • Customizing HTML templates and variables
  • Creating template regions and rendering page variables
  • Optimizing site CSS and JavaScript
  • Understanding performance considerations such as caching
  • Migrating themes from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7
Subjects:
Web CMS Web Development
Software:
Drupal
Author:
Chaz Chumley

Welcome

Hello and welcome to Drupal 7: Creating and Editing Custom Themes. I'm Chaz Chumley. In this course we look for some of the tools and techniques needed to be successful in building beautiful and exciting Drupal websites. We will begin by walking through Drupal's theme administration. Taking a look at basic theming concepts such as templates, regions, and variables followed by how Drupal's default themes are configured, structured, and just how easy it is to install a theme and modify the look and feel.

Together we will work with some of the most common tools any designer needs while we build a brand-new Drupal 7 theme using HTML, CSS, PHP, and Drupal templates. Finally we will finish up with migrating from an existing Drupal 6 theme to Drupal 7. So let's get started with Drupal 7: Creating and Editing Custom Themes.

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Fortunately, a reasonable work-around for an otherwise crippling issue is running this shell command in Terminal:
 
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