WEB Drupal Design questions

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  1. kazimer

    kazimer New Member

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    So I installed Drupal on my server, set up a theme, copy pasted a blurb of text from my myspace account and looked at the output and was less than happy.

    I am thoroughly convinced that Homer Simpson could design a better website than I can

    I would like to think I am above average when it comes to being a savvy computer user but this shit is starting to make me rethink this claim

    Questions

    1. How can I make the site look less cookie cutter and not as lame as my myspace page?

    2. I am sure I will need to learn how to program or something. What should I know/learn? HTML, PHP, CSS
    What are some good resources for these

    3.What order do you typically design your websites?
    Layout > themes > graphics > content?

    Halp before I slit my wrists out of frustration
    oh here is the domain

    http://kazimer.shamarcus.com
     
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    You'd have to have somewhat of a design sense. Usually design the website, cut it up, build it out, and integrate it with Drupal. You can control all output elements that Drupal displays, so if you don't like something, given a bit of research, you'd be able to alter it. The presentation layer in Drupal is very flexible and completely customizable. You're in control over every element displayed.

    HTML, CSS, and an understanding of the Drupal CMS is the bare knowledge essentials when developing a theme for Drupal. However, if you know PHP, you'd be able to do a lot more with Drupal theming. If you need to write any custom modules for Drupal, knowledge of PHP and various Drupal API's would be required.

    Some good resources:

    Getting Started guide: http://drupal.org/getting-started
    Drupal Handbooks: http://drupal.org/handbook/
    Drupal 6 Theme Guide: http://drupal.org/theme-guide/6
    Drupal's API: http://api.drupal.org/

    Everyone has their own process, but my own has been somewhat like this:
    Design -> HTML/CSS -> Drupal integration

    Glad to see more people moving over onto Drupal. It's going to be a frustrating and tedious at times, but the knowledge pays off.
     
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    thanks for the great response, I suck at designing but its something to work towards and now that I know that I can integrate it within a design it at least points me in the right direction. I looked at sites, like the onion, cnn, and a few others based on CMS over and over wondering how they were able to make it look so much cleaner and less cookie cutter.

    Ironically enough I think doing this will get me towards my goal of wanting to get back in to web design and programming. i did it back in the mid-late 90s when you could get away with just knowing basic html and not being color blind.

    I will be wasting paper printing out all of this stuff tomorrow at work:mamoru:

    believe it or not, it was OT that convinced me to start out with Drupal. I was going to be lazy and install either wordpress or joomla since its a part of my web hosts integrated packages

    your post made me put down the knife

    again thanks :bigthumb:
     

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