Advanced Drupal Theming

A facilitator giving training to 3 persons.

Course Description

This course will give you a deep understanding of advanced Drupal theming concepts. You'll learn how to use advanced functions in Twig, customize and extend a Drupal theme, analyze and resolve common theming issues, work with CSS and JavaScript for Drupal themes, and much more.

This course is the more advanced version of our Drupal Theming course, which teaches you how to create simple themes from scratch, add CSS for styling, and other Drupal theming basics. To get the most out of this course, it is recommended that you take that course or have relevant experience.

You should have experience in:

  • Creating a library and loaded in CSS and JavaScript
  • Turning on Drupal's theme debugger to inspect templates
  • Creating your own page, block, node, and field templates
  • Comfort with the command line and some tools like Composer and SASS are a big plus!

Learning Objectives  

You'll come away from the course with knowledge of: 

  • Loading external fonts from sites like Google Fonts
  • Creating your own CSS/JS library and loading it only when needed
  • Generating template suggestions when the defaults aren't enough
  • Create a theme function file
  • Using more advanced functions in Twig
  • Load in external libraries and projects with Composer 
  • Setting up your project's file structure to compile CSS using SASS and Bootstrap 4

Week-by-Week Outline

You'll have lessons to complete between live sessions (exercises with video instructions) and access to a Slack channel and a one-on-one session to help you out.

Week 1

  • Setup & Introductions
  • Your Front-end Development Toolkit
  • Working with CSS and JavaScript for Drupal Themes
  • Advanced Twig Functions

Week 2

  • Customizing and Extending a Drupal Theme
  • Optimizing File Structures to Compile and Organize CSS
  • Loading in External Fonts
  • Loading in External Libraries and Projects

Week 3

  • Creating Your Own CSS/JS Library
  • Analyzing and Resolving Issues from Custom Themes
  • Best Practices for Drupal Theming
  • Wrap-Up

Who Will Get the Most Out of This Course?  

People who have already taken Evolving Web's Drupal Theming training will gain a ton from this!   

If you've done some Drupal theme development before and have said to yourself, "There's probably a way to do this thing I need," there's a good chance we'll cover it in this training.


Our blended learning approach mixes the best of both worlds: live online sessions and self-paced complementary learning materials. The core of our online training offering is our expert-led live sessions. In addition, you can always take advantage of our virtual learning platform's training guides and video tutorials as needed. 

Here's what to expect:

  • 👩‍🏫 Interactive sessions over Zoom (twice a week from 2 pm to 4 pm ET)
  • 📺 On-demand videos and virtual exercises to complete in between the sessions
  • 👨‍💻 A one-to-one session with your trainer for personalized support
  • 💬 A dedicated Slack workspace to get real-time answers to your specific questions
  • 🏆 A certificate upon completion

What is the format of live sessions? Our classes usually have 6-10 participants, and we have a hard limit of 12 participants per trainer. Our live sessions happen twice a week, usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and are 2-hour long (all times are on ET).

How is this different from other courses on the market? Our courses are designed for people who work full-time jobs and need to apply what they learn to real-life projects quickly. Our training includes live learning sessions and offers real-time mentorship from an expert

What are the trainers' credentials? Our courses are delivered by Strategists, Designers and Senior Developers with 10+ years of experience. They're seasoned professionals with real-world projects in a variety of sectors, from small businesses to multinational corporations.

Do I need to install anything on my computer? We’ll give you the necessary instructions and support to work with Drupal locally on your computer for the development courses. If you face restrictions, we’ll provide an alternative remote environment so you can work from your browser.

My organization requires an invoice. Can you provide one? Yes. Contact us before proceeding with payment. We can issue you an invoice with a link to pay via credit card or electronic transfer.

Do you offer discounts for charities or individuals? Yes, contact us to receive a discount on the course.

Do you offer custom training? Yes, we can provide custom training for your team. Learn more about our approach to tailoring a custom course or get in touch with us, and we can set up training that fits your needs.

Can I switch my start date? Can I get a refund? We can reschedule your ticket to the next available course. Our training program runs twice a year, with a first cohort slated to start in March and the second in September. Tickets are refundable up until 30 days before the start of the course. And it's always free and easy to transfer your ticket to another person, just contact us.

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