design Framework into
a Drupal 7 theme!
It starts. You get this AWSESOME client referral, that is a dream...but they use Drupal...Ru-Paul...no Drew-pal...it manages things?
Being the savvy front ender you are you check it out, and try to see if this could work, it is the dream client after all. You want to be able to do this, and you've done WordPress so how bad could it be...
OMFG!!! Runaway!! Runaway!!! How does this even work? What is a theme? Where are the files? Where do I even put anything??
But wait! You have your fave framework, you did all your portfolio work in it, and could code it in your sleep. We'll just use that!
All you have to do is hook it up into a theme...and how do you even do that? There are these weird files ending tpl...? And then on top of that, your CSS is no where close to showing up in the browser.
But maybe I could just use a theme from the Drupal themes page right? IT will solve all my problems. It's already done by people more qualified than myself, solving my same...well almost my same problems...wait where is the documentation for this???
You've been using Foundation 5 for a year now but the theme is regretfully not updated yet, maybe you can abandon that extra feature...
Nope there it is right smack dab in the middle of the dream client's list of requests. Gah!! What are you going to do?
You can't just walk away from this one! Maybe I can just custom theme the whole thing? Right? It won't be THAT hard!!
I'll just custom theme the forms, and do everything by hand and then I won't have to hook up a framework and everything will be GREAT!
STOP! YOU DO NOT WANT TO DO EVERY DRUPAL FORM BY HAND!
You. Do. Not. Want. To theme every Drupal form. BY. HAND!
Trust me 3hrs a piece minimum, and most clients barely want a redesign much less pay for the 3hrs a piece on form theming alone.
So what are you to do?
Just make your fave Framework into a custom theme!
But Sarah...you say...that will take days to learn how to pull it all together, time I don't have!!
AND I'm not a developer, I don't know how to do all that developy PHP shit that everyone always waxes on and on about.
First of all PHP is a great tool, but is kind of like the skinny kid on the dodge ball team, scrappy and good at what it does but not the most obvious choice by the popular kids.
So PHP developers can get a little...no A LOT defensive and feel the need to tell you EVERYTHING.
Which is overwhelming, and not very helpful for you the front ender who works with six different tools a day anyway.
But where PHP developers are right is that just blindly coding your own theme is a good way to fall down a hole that you can't crawl out of.
SO WHAT ARE YOU TO DO ABOUT ALL THIS??
DO IT YOURSELF. YUP I MEAN YOU.
Use my handy dandy guide to make your own custom theme from your framework. It's nice and succint, and comes with the awesome benefit that if you signup now you get to give me feedback.
Get a direct line to someone who knows your pain, and is willing to help you if you get stuck. I may not have all the answers, but you will not be alone in the labryinth that is Drupal theming.
Let me repeat YOU WILL NOT BE ALONE!
You will have a GUIDE to walk you through the steps to TURN ANY FRAMEWORK INTO A CUSTOM ONLY DOCUMENTED BY YOU DRUPAL THEME. Use it whenever you need it for the framework that fits the job!
So take on that dream client, rough out that design in the latest edition of your fave Framework, and join the Drupal design revolution by joining the email list!
You'll get what you need to Refresh Your Drupal Design including what you need to get up to speed on Drupal 8! **Coming Soon**
But Sarah you say, I don't have the time to learn all that stuff.
BUT YOU DO, it's time you would spend reading documentation and theming forms anyway.
AND if you get your framework working well you can use the custom workflows your brain is already used to, so IT WILL SAVE YOU TIME AND SLEEP!
You just need to know how.
Without having to waste hours you could spend on design.
(Here is a taste of the awesomeness that will save you headaches.)
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