Front End Drupal: Designing, Theming, Scripting

Book description

“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!™, 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

  • Use JavaScript™ to make your themes interactive and to enhance usability

  • Create powerful animations and AJAX callbacks with jQuery, Drupal’s JavaScript library

  • About the Web Site

    The accompanying site,, contains all sample code and themes presented in this book.

    Product information

    • Title: Front End Drupal: Designing, Theming, Scripting
    • Author(s): Emma Jane Hogbin, Konstantin Käfer
    • Release date: April 2009
    • Publisher(s): Pearson
    • ISBN: 9780137007752