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From the Rough Cut A Final Note on How Themes Get Built

A Final Note on How Themes Get Built

In Part 3 of this chapter we’ve shown you three ways to find a Drupal theme for your site.

  • Free themes from Drupal.org
  • Commercial themes
  • Artisteer

In the Drupal community, using free themes is by far the most popular option.

It is very rare to see a theme built from scratch. Nearly every Drupal project starts with an existing theme and brings in a designer to make modifications. Even the most prestigious Drupal projects tend to start with a theme from Drupal.org. Using an existing theme has many benefits:

  • The code behind popular existing theme has been heavily road-tested
  • Many themes already come with features such mobile-compatibility
  • Drupal themes can be complicated to build from scratch
  • Re-using existing code saves time and money

It is beyond the scope of this book to teach you how to re-code existing Drupal themes. However, we hope that, for your first Drupal sites, you’ll be able to find a suitable design from Drupal.org, a commercial theme site or Artisteer.

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