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Responsive Theming for Drupal by Mike Crittenden

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What You’ll Find Here

This book will guide you through the basics of proper Drupal 7 theming. This includes things like:

  • An introduction to responsive web design (RWD).
  • An introduction to Drupal theming as it relates to RWD.
  • A discussion of the “what” and the “why” of Drupal-based themes and subthemes.
  • A comparison of a few popular base themes (Zen, Omega, and Aurora).
  • Step-by-step instructions for creating custom subthemes based on those base themes.
  • Some common gotchas, tips, and tricks for building and theming responsive Drupal sites.
  • Pointers to more information and next steps that pick up where this book leaves off.

Throughout the book, we’ll use as an example a very fake-sounding online business that sells turnip sauce and desperately needs your help.

Intended Audience

This book makes a few assumptions about the reader:

  • You should have at least a very basic understanding of Drupal. If you aren’t sure what a “node” is, for example, you’ll want to learn a bit more about Drupal before diving into this book.
  • You should feel comfortable using the command line to run pre-written commands. You won’t need enough command-line know-how to write your own commands or do anything tricky, but you will need to run them and read the output.
  • You should know and understand HTML and CSS fairly well. If you aren’t sure of the difference between a div and a span or between #header and .header, for example, you’ll want to study up a bit on that first.
  • You should want to become a better, more efficient, more knowledgeable Drupal themer. If you just want to get a site built and out the door and aren’t interested in bettering yourself, this book might offer a bit too much detail.

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Many thanks to the following technical reviewers:

  • Dani Nordin
  • Michael Ross
  • Rob Decker

And a huge thanks to Mike Granger for the thorough revisions and suggestions.

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