Chapter 8. Theming a Drupal Website
This chapter was contributed by Stephanie Pakrul.
Build first, then theme
A Drupal site without content is kind of like an uninflated balloon. Once you have a bit of content to play with, then you can place it into regions to make the layout come to life, create views to list data in different ways, and create new sections or pages to link to from your menus.
If you're working on a brand new site, before you continue with configuring your layout and styles, step away from the theme for a bit and think about the content that's going to be on your site. Maybe you're going to have some news items on your front page, ...