- Paperback: 456 pages
- Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (April 15, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0137136692
- ISBN-13: 978-0137136698
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,095,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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 Drupal "tackles 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 Drupal "is 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 Drupal "is 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 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.
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This book should be the first place you go for learning how to make Drupal look good. Drupal is not known for runway-quality model beauty when first installed (damn, I seem to have switch metaphors). But regardless of your experience level, Emma Jane will teach you how to turn your site in a Monet- and one that doesn't just involve sad-looking haystacks. Third type of metaphor, for those keeping score at home. I'm a Drupal developer, not an English major. But Emma seems to be both- with a skilled teacher thrown into the mix.
Get this book. Create gorgeous Drupal websites. Profit. It's just that easy.
While there is information on starter themes that are meant to be customized, there's not a lot about how to customize them. I was better off watching online videos for that. Throughout the book there are little tidbits about how to set up the .php files when altering a theme, but they are hard to find. Mostly, this book seems like a conglomeration of information about Drupal, none of it covered in much detail.
For instance, there is a section on how to incorporate anti-spam tools along with a list of modules that might be good for this. There's no real advice on implementing the modules, or why one module might be better than another. This is the way the theming section is as well. The authors focus on the Zen theme, which is fine, but there's no clear advice on why the Zen theme as opposed to other popular themes.
If you are looking for a good starter book that clearly discusses altering themes, try Using Drupal instead.
This book does include a lot of information I found useful as a beginner--for example, some debugging suggestions, how to theme your front page differently from other pages, and many other random tidbits. In terms of my goal of learning about theming, I did better at Lynda.com, and I found other Drupal books easier to follow and more methodical in explaining Drupal's system of overrides.
If you like books that cover topics in depth, this is not it. But books on this topic are rare...
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