One of the most popular CMS systems in Drupal doesn't usually get the
attention it deserves - at least here at Website Magazine. Choosing between
open-source and commercial platforms is a difficult decision (as we address in
relation to e-commerce systems in our April special issue) and requires serious
consideration. That being said, Drupal is the choice of many Web
professionals for good reason: it's as stable as it gets and extensible to the
point of envy for other providers, thanks to some terrific modules.
In my ten-year history as a Web pro, I've only used Drupal in one other
installation. A micro-project I'm working on, however, required a CMS, and instead
of trying to hack up WordPress to act like a CMS, I thought I would just give
Drupal another go, as the community has seen a lot of development since the last
time I had the opportunity.
I tested about ten themes from the last night for the website project and
finally settled on one (Acquia Marina) but others would have done an equally
nice job in presenting the content. I was surprised at the number of themes that were simply reworked Wordpress themes ported to Drupal (some of which are
listed below). There are several Drupal-only themes in the list as well.
A3 Atlantis -
Modern Drupal theme designed by
Blamcast. Features nice typography, small files sizes and smart columns
for adjusting between 1, 2 or 3 columns. Fully XHTML compliant and CSS Level 3
Acquia Marina -
Solid theme by TopNotchThemes
in partnership with Acquia. Features 15
collapsible block regions, drop-down links menu, includes icons for core and
Views blocks. Cross-browser tested in IE6/7, Opera, Safari, and Firefox.
Amity Island - A
fresh Drupal theme (the first under the GPL license from ThemeShark). Features a
tableless design, eight additional and fully collapsible regions and one level
of suckerfish dropdowns.
AppleWeb - This
tableless, W3C compliant layout by TemplateWorld (Drupal theme by
Neerja Software) has been tested
for CSS 2.1 and is XHTML 1.0 Strict. Works with IE7, Firefox, Safari and even
Color Papper - A
Drupal theme originally created by
DreamTemplate for WP. The attractive design comes with a fixed-width layout
with two columns, is CSS based (level 2.1) and validates as XHTML 1.0 Strict.
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