From the Back Cover
“For Drupal to succeed, we need books like this.”
-Dries Buytaert, Drupal founder and project lead
“Drupal faces a common problem on the Web-the relative lack of new, high quality themes.Front End Drupaltackles this problem directly and is designed to help both experienced designers and rank novices get an understanding of how Drupal theming works. In fact, I'll be the first to admit I learned a lot from this book.”
- Dries Buytaert, Drupal founder and project lead
The Practical, Complete Guide to Customizing Drupal Sites with Behaviors, Themes, and Templates
Drupal is now the world's #1 open source content management system: Thousands of individuals and organizations are using it to build and update Web sites of virtually every kind. As Web designers and developers adopt Drupal, they need ways to quickly customize the visuals and interactivity of their sites. Drupal offers powerful tools for doing so, but little guidance on using them effectively.Front End Drupalis the solution. In this book, two expert Drupal developers cover everything you need to know to create great visual designs and state-of-the-art interactivity with Drupal's behaviors, themes, and templates.
Front End Drupalis 100% focused on issues of site design, behavior, usability, and management. The authors show how to style Drupal sites, make the most of Drupal's powerful templating system, build sophisticated community sites, streamline site management, and build more portable, flexible themes. You'll also gain hands-on experience through several case studies that walk you through the customization of everything from page templates to Web site forums.
Prepare and organize content so it's easier to integrate into Drupal Web sites
Structure Drupal page templates that are easy to work with
Configure Drupal with the modules and browser tools you need to customize your site
Utilize Drupal's Starter Themes and themes converted from WordPress, Joomla!(tm), and Drupal 5.x
Maximize the power and usability of Drupal's content editing forms
Build usable community sites with user profiles, comments, and user-generated content
About the Web Site
The accompanying site,frontenddrupal.com, contains all sample code and themes presented in this book.
About the Author
Emma Jane Hogbin has been working as a Web developer since 1996, helping individuals and organizations to realize both their own potential and the potential of their online presence. She creates systems that enable her clients to succeed–by using her infectious enthusiasm and ability to explain concepts without using technical jargon that puts even the greatest technophobes at ease. Passionate about helping people to acquire knowledge, Emma volunteers with the Drupal and Ubuntu documentation teams. She is well known in the Drupal community not only for her technical knowledge, but also for her engaging and humorous means of bringing Drupal to a wider audience–such as the Drupal socks and their GPLed pattern. Through her consulting company HICK Tech, and at conferences around the world, Emma has inspired people to overcome fear, uncertainty, and doubt and to tackle problems head-on. She is known as “emmajane” on drupal.org and chronicles her adventures at http://www.emmajane.net.