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Ain’t No Such Thing as a Free Lunch: Deconstructing Base Themes


Base themes are all the rage, but it’s a fanboy battleground. Are you team Omega? Zen? Fusion...? If you haven’t made a decision, don’t worry, someone will come along and tell you what to think.

In this presentation, we’ll take a look at the history of base theme fanaticism in Drupal and discuss the impact on the Drupal front-end community. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of base themes as a concept and why advanced themers should (or shouldn’t) consider dropping base themes all together. Finally, we’ll discuss strategies for maintaining a streamlined system for theming when base themes are out of the picture.

Disclaimer: This is an advanced discussion about base themes from a philosophical perspective. There will be little to no code in this session, but I will assume that my audience has a strong understanding of the technical concepts involved with Drupal theming.