“I downloaded Omega and Delta at the advice of an expert, but I’m really confused about how they work.”
We hear a lot of support requests like this.
Themes can be confusing for Drupal beginners. We often speak with beginners who visit the theme page at Drupal.org and find the most popular themes at the top of the screen. They install Zen, Omega, AdaptiveTheme or Fusion and wonder why everything is so difficult.
To avoid this confusion, we strongly recommend that beginners avoid any theme that contains the phrases “starting theme”, “theme framework” or “base theme”.
For this post we found 8 of the best themes for beginners.
Here’s the criteria we use to select the themes:
- Works immeadiately after installation with no complex setup.
- Has a design that’s good enough to use on a blog or business site.
- Has with no obvious errors.
If you’re a Drupal newcomer, try building your first site with one of these 8 themes:
There are two versions of this theme: Danland and Danblog. Danblog is the simpler version with no slideshow. If you use Danland, you can replace the slideshow images by uploading files to /sites/all/themes/danland/images/. Use files with the same name as the existing files, such as sea.jpg.
#3. Professional Theme
#4. Simple Corporate
- Download: https://drupal.org/project/journalcrunch
- Demo: http://demo.drupalizing.com/?theme=journalcrunch
JournalCrunch is more image focused than the other themes we’ve seen so far. However, it’s easy to use. JournalCrunch will detect and display any image fields you have on your content. With this theme, there’s no need to touch code here at all.
#6. Corporate Clean
- Download: https://drupal.org/project/corporateclean
- Demo: http://demo.drupalizing.com/?theme=corporateclean
CorporateClean is setup correctly immediately after installation. You can replace the slideshow with blocks, or you can edit the existing text in /sites/all/themes/corporateclean/page.tpl.php and the existing images in /sites/all/themes/corporateclean/mockup/
#7. Corked Screwer
- Download: https://drupal.org/project/corkedscrewer
- Demo: http://demo.drupalizing.com/?theme=corkedscrewer
Corked Screwer is the third example from the same developer. It’s similar to JournalCrunch because it is also very image heavy. However, it’s also similar to Corporate Clean because you have to edit the code to edit the homepage. Go to /sites/all/themes/corkedscrewer/page.tpl.php to the homepage images and text.