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What is Drupal? ...

What is Drupal?
What is a Drupal Theme?
Contributed Drupal Themes, Engines, & Services
What can you do with Drupal themes?
Drupal Theme Anatomy 101
How to Design for Drupal
Create a Drupal Theme the easy way
Where to find help

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    • Drupal ThemingFor BeginnersBy Danté TaylorMediacurrent Senior Designer
      South East Linux Fest
      June 13, 2010
    • We will cover
      What is Drupal?
      What is a Drupal Theme?
      Contributed Drupal Themes, Engines, & Services
      What can you do with Drupal themes?
      Drupal Theme Anatomy 101
      How to Design for Drupal
      Create a Drupal Theme the easy way
      Where to find help
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    • About Me
      Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Savannah College of Art and Design
      Worked as a Designer for 10 years
      Have worked with Drupal since version 4.7 release (5 years)
      Biggest project worked on in Drupal is savannahnow.com
      Favorite project worked on in Drupal is ymib.com
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    • What is Drupal?
      Content Management System (CMS)
      Application Programming Interface (API) built on top of PHP
      A community of more than 800,000+ users and developers contributing to build needed tools, services, and programs using a standard methodology or practices.
      There are more than 6,000+ profiles, modules, and themes supported by the Drupal community
      People who use Drupal include: Ubuntu.com, Whitehouse.gov, FastCompany.com, MTV.com
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    • What is a Drupal Theme?
      A set of files and templates used to build the Front-end of a Drupal site.
      The User-Facing section of a Drupal site that facilitates the majority of the user experience.
      To put it in Real Estate terms it is the Décor of a Web Site.
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    • Contributed Drupal Themes, Engines, & Services
      Zen Theme (Themes)
      Garland Theme* (Themes)
      PHPThemple* (Theme Engine)
      Smarty (Theme Engine)
      PHPTal(Theme Engine)
      Drupal Gardens (Service)
    • What can you do with Drupal Themes?
      Design photo sharing sites.
      Build a site for your local baseball team.
      Build a personal portfolio or résumé site.
      Build a theme for your church, civic group, or organization.
      There are not many limits to what can be done with Drupal and Drupal theme design.
    • Drupal Theme: AutoTrader
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    • Drupal Theme: University of Georgia:
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    • Garland Theme
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    • Choose A Theme
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    • Configure Theme
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    • Add some color
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    • How to Design For Drupal?
      Install Drupal to experiment and learn how modules UI functions work together, before you begin your design project.
      Use built-in features of Drupal and modules to achieve Design objectives. (Try not to reinvent)
      Think in terms of how your Design elements can be reused or repeated throughout Web site.
      Work closely with specialist in Drupal Design or Development to save on time and budget as you plan your Drupal project.
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    • Drupal Theme Anatomy 101
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    • File Structure
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    • Popular Drupal Terms
      Hooks
      Preprocess Functions
      Theme Functions
      Template Files
      Regions
      Nodes
      Blocks
      Delta
      • Content Types
      • Taxonomy
      • Settings.php
      • Template.php
      • Views
      • CCK
      • Menu System
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    • Create a Drupal Theme the easy way
      Create Theme Name directory (mytheme) inside “/sites/all/themes/” (create new directories if they do not exist)
      Copy Garland theme from “/themes” and move it to “/sites/all/themes/”, then rename it to mytheme directory.
      Change the garland.info file to mytheme.info. Open new mytheme.info file and change all names with garland to mytheme.
      Change the screenshot.png file to match your new theme.
      Clear system cache. (/admin/settings/performance)
      Go to Themes list page and select mytheme, to start using or editing your new theme. (/admin/build/themes)
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    • .info file
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    • Where to Find Help?
      Mediacurrent.com/blogs
      Drupal.org
      Api.drupal.org
      Drupal.org/project/Themes
      AListApart.com
      Lynda.com
      Drupal.org/node/39451
      Drupal.org/node/171205
      Drupal.org/books
      Drupal.org/node/190815
      `
    • Tools of the trade
      Firefox
      FireBug
      Theme Developer Module
      MAMP
      Admin Menu Module
      YSLOW
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    • Contact Me
      dante.taylor@mediacurrent.com
      404 537 2493
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