Drupal 7 Theming Cookbook

Drupal 7 Theming Cookbook
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Table of Contents
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  • Spice up your Drupal themes
  • A complete update for Drupal 7, with added information for the Field API, Views, and Panels
  • Part of Packt’s Cookbook series with lots of practical recipes for solving the most common theming problems

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 364 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : January 2012
ISBN : 1849516766
ISBN 13 : 9781849516761
Author(s) : Karthik Kumar
Topics and Technologies : All Books, CMS and eCommerce, Cookbooks, Drupal, Open Source

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Drupal Theme Basics
Chapter 2: Beyond the Basics
Chapter 3: Custom Themes and Zen
Chapter 4: Templating Basics
Chapter 5: Development and Debugging Tools
Chapter 6: Advanced Templating
Chapter 7: JavaScript in Themes
Chapter 8: Navigation
Chapter 9: Form Design
Chapter 10: Theming Fields
Chapter 11: Views Theming
Chapter 12: Rapid Layouts with Panels
  • Chapter 1: Drupal Theme Basics
    • Introduction
    • Installing and enabling a theme
    • Uploading a new logo
    • Uploading a new favicon
    • Adding a slogan to the theme
    • Displaying a different theme for administration
    • Adding an existing block to the theme
    • Adding a custom block to the theme
    • Displaying a block only on the front page
    • Controlling block visibility based on user role
    • Controlling block visibility based on node type
    • Chapter 2: Beyond the Basics
      • Introduction
      • Understanding the anatomy of a theme
      • Creating a subtheme based on a core theme
      • Overriding base theme elements in a subtheme
      • Changing the screenshot image of a theme
      • Including a CSS file in a theme
      • Enabling CSS optimization
      • Creating the mysite module to hold our tweaks
      • Adding a CSS file from a module
      • Displaying a different theme for each day of the week
      • Creating a fresh look using the Color module
      • Chapter 3: Custom Themes and Zen
        • Introduction
        • Clearing the theme registry
        • Creating a theme from scratch
        • Creating myzen—a Zen-based theme
        • Choosing a CSS layout for myzen
        • Overriding Zen template files with myzen
        • Adding a custom region to myzen
        • Adding a background image to the theme
        • Adding a conditional stylesheet in Zen
        • Modifying myzen's theme settings
        • Chapter 4: Templating Basics
          • Introduction
          • Changing the structure of a page using template files
          • Customizing the appearance of a particular node type
          • Customizing the appearance of a specific node
          • Theming made easy using the Devel module
          • Theme overrides using the Theme developer module
          • Styling the site maintenance page
          • Chapter 5: Development and Debugging Tools
            • Introduction
            • Finding the right function to use to theme an object
            • Analyzing variables using the Devel module
            • Generating sample content using the Devel generate module
            • Resetting the default theme manually
            • Live preview with Web Developer
            • Validating HTML and CSS using
            • Web Developer
            • Turning off JavaScript in the browser
            • Disabling CSS in the browser
            • Inspecting elements and debugging CSS using Firebug
            • Diagnostic logging of JavaScript using Firebug
            • Chapter 6: Advanced Templating
              • Introduction
              • Adding a variable to all node templates
              • Deleting a variable from the page template
              • Adding a custom theme setting
              • Hiding all regions on a page
              • Displaying the last updated date instead of the submitted date
              • Module-based variable manipulation
              • Optimizing using hook_preprocess()
              • Displaying the date field in calendar form
              • Chapter 7: JavaScript in Themes
                • Introduction
                • Including JavaScript files from a theme
                • Including a JavaScript file only for certain pages
                • Giving the username textfield keyboard focus
                • Exporting a variable from PHP to JavaScript
                • Adding default text to the search textfield
                • Displaying comments in compact form
                • Minimizing and maximizing blocks using JavaScript
                • Chapter 8: Navigation
                  • Introduction
                  • Adding a menu to our theme
                  • Adding content pages to the menu
                  • Styling the Main menu
                  • Contextual submenus using the Menu module
                  • Adding a drop-down navigation menu
                  • Customizing breadcrumbs in Zen-based themes
                  • Hiding node links using CSS
                  • Styling all external links in a page
                  • Styling the Drupal pager
                  • Chapter 9: Form Design
                    • Introduction
                    • Finding the form ID of a form
                    • Changing the height of a textarea
                    • Replacing Drupal's textareas with a WYSIWYG HTML editor
                    • Reorganizing fields in a form
                    • Replacing a standard submit button with an image button
                    • Styling the comment form
                    • Using a fieldset to group fields
                    • Theming form elements from a module
                    • Adding class attributes to form elements
                    • Chapter 10: Theming Fields
                      • Introduction
                      • Creating a new node type
                      • Displaying fields together using fieldgroups
                      • Manipulating display layouts using fieldgroups
                      • Theming a field using a template file
                      • Adding image fields using the Image module
                      • Using Image styles to scale and crop images on the fly
                      • Adding lightbox support for images
                      • Chapter 11: Views Theming
                        • Introduction
                        • Creating a simple View
                        • Styling a node listing using a Grid display
                        • Embedding a View inside a node template
                        • Overriding the Views table style format
                        • Creating a custom Views style plugin
                        • Chapter 12: Rapid Layouts with Panels
                          • Introduction
                          • Using Panels to create a front-page layout
                          • Embedding content in a panel
                          • Styling a panel with rounded corners
                          • Creating custom styles with the Stylizer module
                          • Changing the layout of a panel
                          • Creating a custom panel layout
                          • Replacing the site contact page with a panel

                          Karthik Kumar

                          Karthik Kumar is a Drupal developer residing in Chennai, India. He first came across Drupal in late 2004 and has been a fan ever since. He maintains a number of modules on http://drupal.org under the moniker Zen – http://drupal.org/user/21209.

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                          What you will learn from this book

                          • Improve your knowledge of the basics of Drupal theming such as installing and enabling a downloaded theme, changing the logo, and adding a slogan
                          • Customize the look of your website by configuring and extending your existing themes with sub-themes
                          • Create custom themes from scratch for websites that demand a fresh look
                          • Use the PHP Template theming engine to override module output and style it using a theme
                          • Style and manipulate the content of your website by adding CSS and JavaScript files via themes and modules
                          • Manipulate images on the fly using the Image API and the Image module
                          • Jazz up the design of your site by incorporating JavaScript elements
                          • Design complex site layouts rapidly with Panels


                          In Detail

                          The greatest strength of Drupal lies in its design which, when employed correctly, allows developers to literally handcraft every aspect of a site, so that it looks and performs exactly how they want it to. While it is reasonably straightforward to download a Drupal theme and install it, doing anything beyond that is not. Using custom themes requires familiarity and experience with Drupal's theming system, especially if you want to easily administer and maintain your themes.

                          Drupal 7 Theming Cookbook provides a plethora of recipes that enable Drupal template designers to make full use of its extensibility and style their site just the way they want it. It is a well-rounded guide which will allow users to take full advantage of Drupal's theming system.

                          This cookbook starts with recipes which address the basics of Drupal's theme system, including regions and blocks. It then moves on to advanced topics such as creating a custom theme and using it to modify the layout and style of content. With the introduction of the Field API and the growing importance of Views and Panels in Drupal 7, chapters have been dedicated to each feature. You will also learn many techniques for dealing with Drupal’s templating system, which will allow you create themes which surpass even the existing Drupal and contributed modules.


                          Part of Packt’s Cookbook series, this book offers solutions to common theme design problems in the form of recipes. Each recipe contains step-by-step instructions and screenshots. The book is designed so that you can read it chapter by chapter, or you can refer to each recipe in no particular order.

                          Who this book is for

                          This book is for Drupal developers and administrators who want to refresh the look and feel of their site. We assume that readers are familiar with basic PHP, CSS, and XHTML as well as the general use of Drupal.

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