Start your free trial now, and begin learning software, business and creative skills—anytime, anywhere—with video instruction from recognized industry experts.

Start Your Free Trial Now
Watching:

Using the Backup Migrate module to create content for a web site


From:

Drupal 7: Creating and Editing Custom Themes

with Chaz Chumley

Video: Using the Backup Migrate module to create content for a web site

Now that we have a basic understanding of how themes function, all necessary modules configured and browser-based tools in place, let's get our hands dirty and start creating our custom theme. We are going to take a look at creating the content for the Samoca website using the Backup and Migrate module that we installed earlier. We will utilize this to restore all the data that makes up our website as well as replacing the sites folder so that we're better prepared. If we go ahead and browse on over to our Desktop, to our Exercise Files, we're going to see two files.
Expand all | Collapse all
  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 36s
    1. Using the Devel and Theme Developer modules
      7m 23s
    2. Using Firefox, Firebug, and Web Developer extensions
      4m 56s
    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

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

Viewers: in countries Watching now:

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
Subject:
Web
Software:
Drupal
Author:
Chaz Chumley

Using the Backup Migrate module to create content for a web site

Now that we have a basic understanding of how themes function, all necessary modules configured and browser-based tools in place, let's get our hands dirty and start creating our custom theme. We are going to take a look at creating the content for the Samoca website using the Backup and Migrate module that we installed earlier. We will utilize this to restore all the data that makes up our website as well as replacing the sites folder so that we're better prepared. If we go ahead and browse on over to our Desktop, to our Exercise Files, we're going to see two files.

One is the sites.zip folder; the other is samoca.mysql.zip which is the database backup that we are going to restore. Let's go ahead and start by replacing the sites folder. Go ahead and double-click on sites. zip to extract it, then once we have the sites folder simply copy, navigate to Sites>samoca and paste this item in place. This is going to replace the existing sites folder and this is exactly what we want to do.

Click on Replace and now we have our new sites folder structure in place. That's part one, the second part is restoring the data. So if we go ahead and browse on over to Firefox, go to Configuration>System>Backup and Migrate and then the Restore tab, from here we can browse to the mysql back up that we need to restore. Click on the Browse button, locate your Exercise Files, and then locate the samoca.mysql.zip file, click on it, click Open and click Restore now.

Depending on the size of the database, this may take a second. Once the Default Database has been restored Drupal will actually notify us with the following message; default database restored from Upload file samoca.mysql. We want to confirm that it has successfully been restored. Once we have, we can close this tab and we can see that our site is now changed. We are now seeing some new data including new menu items and new content that make up the samoca theme.

We have used the Backup and Migrate module to populate the content for the San Angelico Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as reviewed the site content that makes up our non-themed website. Let's move on to reviewing our static HTML website and create a roadmap for what sections of our site will need to be themed.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Drupal 7: Creating and Editing Custom Themes .


Expand all | Collapse all
please wait ...
Q: The Acquia Dev Desktop Control Panel won't open after I restart my system. Is this a bug? What can I do to fix it?
A: Some Mac users are having semi-serious difficulties with the Acquia Dev Desktop Control Panel repeatedly failing to open after routine system restart. See here and here for details.

Fortunately, a reasonable work-around for an otherwise crippling issue is running this shell command in Terminal:
 
sudo /Applications/acquia-drupal/Acquia\ Dev\ Desktop\ Control\
Panel.app/Contents/MacOS/AcquiaDevDesktopControlPanel
 
Acquia Dev Desktop Control Panel is not the only solution available. As an alternative, Mac users can switch to MAMP and Windows users can switch to WAMP, until this issue is resolved permanently.
 
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

* Estimated file size

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Drupal 7: Creating and Editing Custom Themes.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK

Upgrade to View Courses Offline

login

With our new Desktop App, Annual Premium Members can download courses for Internet-free viewing.

Upgrade Now

After upgrading, download Desktop App Here.

Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member ?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Learn more, save more. Upgrade today!

Get our Annual Premium Membership at our best savings yet.

Upgrade to our Annual Premium Membership today and get even more value from your lynda.com subscription:

“In a way, I feel like you are rooting for me. Like you are really invested in my experience, and want me to get as much out of these courses as possible this is the best place to start on your journey to learning new material.”— Nadine H.

Start your FREE 10-day trial

Begin learning software, business, and creative skills—anytime,
anywhere—with video instruction from recognized industry experts.
lynda.com provides
Unlimited access to over 4,000 courses—more than 100,000 video tutorials
Expert-led instruction
On-the-go learning. Watch from your computer, tablet, or mobile device. Switch back and forth as you choose.
Start Your FREE Trial Now
 

A trusted source for knowledge.

 

We provide training to more than 4 million people, and our members tell us that lynda.com helps them stay ahead of software updates, pick up brand-new skills, switch careers, land promotions, and explore new hobbies. What can we help you do?

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.