Chapter 5. The Default Drupal Themes


  • Working with the Theme Manager

  • Reviewing the default themes

A theme is a set of files that control the look and feel of your Drupal site. Drupal 7 comes bundled with a set of four themes. The themes are designed to serve varying purposes and to provide a wide range of options for your site; Drupal even includes a starter theme that you can use to learn more about Drupal theming and to help you get started with creating your own themes. To manage and configure these themes, Drupal also provides an administration tool: the Theme Manager.

In this chapter, I show you the default themes and discuss how to enable and use those themes. The chapter covers only the default themes; in later chapters, I turn to how to customize themes and how to create new themes.

Working with the Theme Manager

All themes in the system are administered through the common interface of the Theme Manager. To access the Theme Manager, select the option Appearance from the Management menu; the Theme Manager loads in the overlay, as shown in Figure 5.1.

Drupal's Theme Manager, shown with only the default themes installed and enabled

Figure 5-1. Drupal's Theme Manager, shown with only the default themes installed and enabled

The Theme Manager lists all themes in the system, grouped according to whether they are enabled or disabled. By default, only two themes are enabled: Bartik, which is used for the front end of the site, and Seven, which is designated ...

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