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Our Drupal Theme Design Process and a Checklist of Drupal Design Elements

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Building a theme for a single site is a fairly straightforward task. You know the content, you know which pages you need to build, and you can create your site design around that. Creating a theme that multiple people can use is a different story. Without knowing which modules, features, and content types people will use, you need to cover things with a broader sense in mind. With that said, let's go over some of the points you are going to want to hit on when you are building a Drupal theme for common use.

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Designing with Drupal in Mind

Introduction
Designing for Drupal
With careful consideration and planning, there is nothing you cannot build with Drupal.

Design isn't something you can sit and nail down in an afternoon. It takes years of practice, training, and self-improvement to become a good designer, so for the purpose of this post, let's assume that we've all come from a design background. Drupal is a great system that allows you to give tremendous flexibility to your clients. Unfortunately, as of the version 6 release, it's not exactly something you can just sit down and immediately build amazing sites with (things are definitely looking up for version 7 however). Because it is a CMS with thousands of contributed modules, there is nothing that you can't throw at it, the the only question is: how do you tackle the responsibility of creating a site using Drupal?

As I said before, web design is a comprehensive and involved process. CMS Quickstart isn't just a clever name, we are trying to simplify the hard part for the customer, and the way we do that is by creating meaningful, feature-rich themes that are pre-configured to go live right from the start. Designing for templates is drastically different from designing for a specific client because you don't really know how the site implementer will decide to use the theme. In this post, we're going to break down the process a bit and let you know the steps needed for creating fully-functioning Drupal themes.

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