Drupal 6 Themes

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  • Learn about the Drupal 6 Theming Architecture
  • Find and install new themes
  • Get the most from Drupal's theme configuration system
  • Create a new theme from scratch
  • Master PHPTemplate
  • Modify the default templates and styles
  • Override the default templates with your own
  • Create dynamic styling which responds to the content or the user
  • Discover tools that make theming easier and more efficient

Chapter 1: The Elements of a Drupal Theme
– In this chapter we examine how the theme system in Drupal works and examine the different approaches to working with Drupal themes.

Chapter 2: Theme set Up & Configuration – Here we look at all the various theming options that are available in the default Drupal system. By way of example, we take a default theme and customize it using only the options provided by the system.

Chapter 3: Working With Theme Engines – You will learn how the PHPTemplate theme engine works and how you can use this powerful tool,

Chapter 4: Identifying Templates, Style Sheets and Themable Functions – This chapter identifies all the themable elements in the Drupal system and tells you where to find the elements together with an explanation of their functions.

Chapter 5: Intercepts & Overrides – You will learn how to employ intercepts and overrides to modify the default styling in your Drupal theme.

Chapter 6: Modifying an Existing Theme – Here we look at how to implement extensive modifications to a default Drupal theme. This is a hands-on example of the techniques covered in previous chapters.

Chapter 7: Building a New Theme – In this chapter we examine how you can build from scratch a new theme employing the PHPTemplate theme engine.

Chapter 8: Dynamic Theming – You will learn how the Drupal system enables you to vary the styling between sections, pages or users.

Chapter 9: Dealing with Forms – This chapter covers the styling of forms in Drupal, one of the more complex areas in the system.

Appendix A: A Guide to Drupal Style Sheets – An inventory of the contents of all the style sheets in the Drupal system.

Appendix B: The Themers' Toolkit – A listing of tools and extensions that make your work with themes easier and more efficient.


Drupal is an award winning open source Content Management System (CMS). Based on PHP/MySQL, its power and flexibility combined with its exceptional design mean it is one of the most popular choices for creating a CMS website.

Drupal employs a specialized templating system and supports themes, which allow you to change the look and feel of the system's front and back-end interfaces.

Drupal 6 Themes is an ideal introduction to theming with Drupal 6. If you want to create a striking new look for your Drupal 6 website, this book is for you. This book is a revised, updated and expanded edition of Drupal 5 Themes, written specifically for Drupal 6. The book will show you techniques and tools to help you improve the look and feel of any Drupal 6-powered website

Starting from the basics of theme setup and configuration, you will learn about the Drupal theming architecture and the PHPTemplate engine, and then move on to modifying existing themes and building new themes from scratch. You will find out about tools to make your theme development easier, and also find invaluable information about under-documented elements of the theming system.

  • Learn to create new Drupal 6 themes
  • No experience of Drupal theming required
  • Techniques and tools for creating and modifying themes
  • A complete guide to the system's themable elements
Page Count 312
Course Length 9 hours 21 minutes
ISBN 9781847195661
Date Of Publication 29 Sep 2008


Ric Shreves

Ric Shreves is a web applications consultant and tech author. He’s been building websites since the mid-90s and writing about tech for almost as long. Ric specializes in open source content management systems and has written texts on each of the big three: WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal. Ric is the founding partner of water&stone, a digital agency that focuses on new media and online marketing. He works with clients on digital marketing strategy and supervises the SEO implementation team. Ric lives in Bali and divides his time between the island and Singapore.