ANNOUNCEMENT - Mogdesign joins i-KOS Digital - click to read why...

19 Base Themes for Drupal


Drupal theming can be much faster and easier when you use base (starter, parent) theme as a foundation. A base theme usually has nearly no css styling, provides theme regions, advanced features, and its purpose is to enable you to create new themes fast, focusing on changing design to code.

Base Theme Classics

Zen is the ultimate starting theme for Drupal. If you are building your own standards-compliant theme, you will find it much easier to start with Zen than to start with Garland or Bluemarine. This theme has fantastic online documentation and tons of code comments for both the PHP (template.php) and HTML (page.tpl.php, node.tpl.php).

Framework is a blank canvas for theme developers. Use Framework as a user friendly starting point to help facilitate your theme development.

Genesis is an standards compliant, accessible and semantically rich starter theme for Drupal 6. Genesis is easy to theme yet extremely flexible, giving you endless theming possibilities. Genesis makes building a standards compliant accessible theme easier than starting from scratch.

Originally a stripped down version of the ZEN theme, basic has now become its own concept of a theme starter. Basic boasts a clean HTML structure with extensible CSS classes and ID's for unlimited theming possibilities as well as a top-down load order for improved SEO.

The idea behind this theme was to make a clean, versatile theme that has just enough styling to be usable right out of the box. Clean theme is analogous to using a reset.css file to start a project, but in the form of a Drupal theme. Clean theme provides a solid foundation on which you will be able to create a bespoke theme within the shortest possible time.

Blueprint is a starter Drupal theme meant to make development of custom themes faster.

Adaptivetheme is a powerful starter theme with many layout and configuration options built into the theme and easily modified via theme settings and use of the Skinr module.

Fusion is a powerful base theme, with layout and style configuration options built in that you can control through Drupal's UI. It's based on a simplified 960px or fluid 16-column grid. It's designed to be used with the Skinr module, with numerous block styles included.

BeginningBeginning 2
The beginning theme has to be considered as another blank canvas for theme developers. Use beginning as a starting point to help facilitate your theme development. Simply add background images and you're done ! Basetheme
ADT Basetheme v2 is the basetheme for all new drupal themes on and the themes produced by the Design to Drupal service.

Blue Trip
The BlueTrip theme for Drupal is the adaptation of the CSS framework BlueTrip for the Drupal system.

Grid Based Base Themes

NineSixty (960 Grid System)
NineSixty is a base theme with all the files provided by the 960 Grid System. From the sketch sheets to all the styles from the framework are included. There are a few modifications so it better fits into Drupal.

Zen nineSixty (960 Grid system)
This is the NineSixty theme ( developed as a Zen sub theme for use with Zen theme ( for Drupal 6.

Fluid Grid System
If you already tried Blueprint or 960, two very popular grid system, you probably noticed that most of the grid system only offer a fixed, centered width of 960 or 950 pixels to create your designs. Fluid Grid provides a grid system that works with any page width, even fluid layouts! With Fluid Grid, you can keep working within a grid system, but the grid is now completely configurable.

New themes on the block

The Omega Theme is a powerful and free Drupal theme based on the 960gs. It harneses the power and features of many popular themes to provied an excellent base theme, and sub-theming system to help you quickly prototype and theme your site.

Starkish is Zen's younger, leaner cousin. It saves the helpful classes and ID's of Zen, but rips out all the CSS and extra markup.

Five is a Drupal base theme written using HTML 5 and uses the 960 CSS framework.

The Stark theme is provided for demonstration purposes; it uses Drupal’s default HTML markup and CSS styles. It can be used as a troubleshooting tool to determine whether module-related CSS and JavaScript are interfering with a more complex theme, and can be used by designers interested in studying Drupal’s default markup without the interference of changes commonly made by more complex themes.

The mothership theme is the über "clean up this html that drupal provides" theme - so if you wanna make any sense of this them use it as a parent theme! The basic idea is to use this theme before other "theme systemes" (zen, basic, studio, 960). The only thing this theme does is to clean up and remove html & classes that I dont think is necessary, and by that creating a cleaner html code.


Starter Themes - A round up of themes that identify themselves as starter themes for Drupal.

About the author

Jozef Toth's picture

CEO of - Drupal design and development firm. Designer, blogger, christian, husband, father...



99 comments so far

Bevan's picture

Great post! Have you considered contributing this to the handbook?

ArtRout's picture

Useful post. May be move Blueprint theme to Grid Based Base Themes?'s picture

Simply the quantity of can this software program that is definitely auto large choice maker request? The more demanding accurate question suitable for you is simply the quantity of do we tend to desire the money necessary for many increasingly being? Nicely, whereas consumer, you want to test drive the course also it's good to try through auto large choice maker Should it absolutely brings profit, you will need to can easily earn money from it and next we're prepared to pay out excellent price to make the too.

Matt's picture

The studio base theme is complex, yet beautiful. With the primary purpose of making themes simpler, more organized, more structured, and easier to alter, Studio has several advancements, several of which have made their way into D7. By handling all attributes through preprocess, studio allows for modules and themes to alter attributes on virtually every element (think RDFa). Studio also separates preprocess functions into individual files, making the template.php file much easier to comprehend. There are also several other enhancements such as conditional stylesheet support from the .info, lots of classes (similar to Zen), and cleaner markup throughout. Studio is an all around steller base theme.'s picture

A economy is during complete control by applying few general steps. You're going to be more more comfortable in keep in mind that healthier habitat. 'House through order' produces good serenity. When most people build your dwelling you are able to build it again more energy source efficiently. Showcase homes are actually always enticing and glamorous.

Jozef Toth's picture

@Matt - thanks for the tip, studio theme looks neat, I will add it later to the list

@ArtRout - yes, will move that...'s picture

Upcoming often browse about for the most impressive curiosity monetary fee. It will never really make a difference what particular home lending product often stow about not to mention review need to know rates. There might be one challenge that 1 residential home loan are generally distinct a strong additional so have the phrases not to mention situations.

peach - all drupal themes's picture

Great list. Nice that you included mine but I have to admit right now my basetheme is a bit of a mess, it's in between versions and its going to be updated with new features and file architecture soon, which will result in a much more user and developer friendly basetheme's picture

As homeowners have grown more careful about improving the design of their residence, home progression industry seems to have undergone an immense revolution. Several styling firms at this moment bringing healthy home renovation tips to the platform. Some companies have gone over the internet to get into this unique new caused market.'s picture

In some cases, your the next door neighbor's children are interested in clogs your residential pets. Yet this mightn't be the most suitable option, as kids are generally reckless not to mention ignore general needs associated with animal Therefore, protection of this health and fitness of a pets could be handed finished in paid off professionals, as you'll get calmness and then the serenity from mind you will need to not to choose from.

Drupal Theme Garden's picture

Really nice and useful overview.
Thanks.'s picture

Make an effort holding pet dog differently. Most household pet owners find who Pedi Paws is really user-friendly and uncomplicated. You are able to enable a animal to lay on your lap although you cut his or her's nails. This creates a comfortable position for a pet pup while his or her's nails are being trimmed. If this does not work, take into mind turning. You'd like your dog or cat or feline to always be comfy, but still well secure.

beni's picture

Great list, love your post, i will be back to read some more...

clippingimages's picture

Awesome post :) . Thanks for sharing this nice post.

Jon's picture

What about pics?
I am too lazy to click on each one, mate!!!

Etheridge's picture

Enjoy Niceville! I’ve been there a couple of times for work. They have a great public library.

Caldarella's picture

Thanks for this great post - I will be sure to check out your blog more often.

Arslanian's picture

It would help if you were at least marginally informed on the topic and not, in fact, full of shit.

Bielicki's picture

It if needs to be done, then purchase the right from the copyright holder. The perceived needs of one person do not impart on obligation on someone else.

Holdeman's picture

Very Interesting reading. I love this! Thank you for your creativity and fun spirits.

Kennedy's picture

All I care about, is whether reading, and thinking about that which has been read, happens. If more is the result, then ‘yay’. From what I’ve heard about the use of their print collection, they pretty much had nothin’ to lose.

dragos_ionut2004's picture

Great themes1 I'm really stunned and with some Drupal implementations I have to make at my own site, this will look great. Really thanks for these themes, most of them are just great.

Clipping Path India's picture

Useful Post for web design.Its really helpful.

Rokaiya Yeasmin Munni's picture

Very helpful resources! Thx

suna dumankaya's picture

Really nice and useful overview..

Myka's picture

Great List, and great themes chosen! Iwould definetly bookmark this site! thanks!

Renjith's picture

Thanks for sharing this information :)

Mark's picture

I prefer Adaptivetheme,, because it is focussed on accessibility and standards. Adaptivetheme for Drupal 7 is now HTML5 ! AT has many cool subthemes developed for it, one of them is the Mobile theme.

I find it easy to develop from “scratch” with Adaptivetheme. The biggest strength of AT, in my opinion, is that it is easy to port your existing HTML / CSS to AT. If you have already a site, it is easy to map your design, HTML and CSS to AT, and port it with little change.

Mojah's picture

I'd like to add OpenG to Josef's list. OpenG ( ) is a starter Drupal theme that uses the grid system. We recently re-worked the theme and released a 3x version. The theme was developed with designers in mind and allows for a clear work-flow when moving a design from graphics to Drupal theme layer code.

clipping path service's picture

This is very useful for web developer ,thanks for shiring

Clipping Path Outsource's picture

Great themes chosen.thank for sharing.

Clipping Path Outsource's picture

I find it easy to develop from “scratch” with Adaptivetheme. The biggest strength of AT, in my opinion, is that it is easy to port your existing HTML / CSS to AT. If you have already a site, it is easy to map your design, HTML and CSS to AT, and port it with little change. Nice post.

Clipping Path Outsource's picture

Informative post. Really It's very helpful. Manny thanks for post.

Clipping Path Outsource's picture

I love this,Really thanks for these themes.

jaket korea's picture

This article gives the light in which we can observe the reality. this is very nice one and gives indepth information. thanks for this nice article

Clipping Path's picture

Very nice I am very impressed about this site information.

clipping path's picture

I am totally agree with you. I also think Starkish is one of the best.

Erin R. Brewer(clipping mask)'s picture

This information is very interesting, I really enjoyed, I would like get more information about this, because is very beautiful, thanks for sharing!

ayakkabi's picture

for these themes.

Safi Sarkar's picture

I like your drupal themes. It's rely beautiful.'s picture

Choosing the right kind of hotel insurance matters as the occurrence of fire mishaps or any other accidents cannot be guessed. The sudden growth of hotel industry has led to the consideration of insuring hotels by their owners in a serious manner. Any such insurance reflects the needs of the present situation.

sandvic panel's picture

I also think Starkish is one of the best.

urbanindo situs rumah's picture

I have seen your awareness about this theme when you post it and it really gives an informational message to us readers. I am hoping that you will continue writing this kind of blog. Thanks for sharing this information.,%20Jakarta's picture

Whenever you take a moment to evaluation the visitor info that's available you will certainly be capable of geting more out of your trip general than without having a great plan. By finding out about each one of the tourist appeal locations about the maps which are included in the majority of the travel instructions, you might find which points of interest are nearby to a different one which will help you to get in one to another quickly, thus helping avoid running in one part associated with town towards the other. <a href=""></a>'s picture

Are you suffering from the financial dilemma then the private money lender for personal offers you with the beneficial plans that are linked with finance and banking sectors. You can say that it is the source of funding backed up with the private firms. In this process, the fund of the receiver is termed as borrower and the source from which the money is coming is referred as hard private money lenders.

agen properti's picture

<a href=" dijual di bogor</a> I’m often to blogging and i really respect your content. The article has actually peaks my interest.'s picture

ust like something else, Medicare Complement insurance in consistently evolving, from time to time for the greater, in some cases for the even worse. If you are on Medicare or going on it soon, it is critical to notice this and keep your eye on sure trends that you may well encounter in the entire world of Medicare and Medicare insurance policies.

Pyaar Ka Dard Hai's picture

These kinds of shows always enthral the particular Indian market by adding high-profile tv set actors inside these displays. This really helps to leverage the particular show, which often gains increased TRPs. As an example, popular TV SET actors and also models Jennifer Winget and also Gautam Rode will be the protagonists for your popular present, Saraswatichandra.

epoksi zemin kaplama's picture

Because their particular office buildings are located in various parts of everyone.

rumah minimalis's picture

I am hoping that you will continue writing this kind of blog. Thanks for sharing's picture

Has it ever happened that you simply desperately wanted to download The Lincoln Lawyer but could not do so as you were left confused by the contradictory reviews you heard or read about the full movie The Lincoln Lawyer? While some said that the movie The Lincoln Lawyer was quite good and worth watching, others felt that it was a total waste of time and dollars.

obat penggemuk badan's picture

The template collection is very good and outstanding's picture

Has it ever happened that you simply desperately wanted to download The Lincoln Lawyer but could not do so as you were left confused by the contradictory reviews you heard or read about the full movie The Lincoln Lawyer? While some said that the movie The Lincoln Lawyer was quite good and worth watching, others felt that it was a total waste of time and dollars.

lokasi outbound ciawi bogor's picture

some times we need to learn English more to understand this article / these comments. but over all, the article is great.

Robin's picture

Really those design theme are very nice. Thanks for share.

Zack's picture

I personally could not have the same opinion a lot more with this concept, I really found that currently several things are varying in a revolutionary manner, it's possible that for good and for worst:
Best eLiquid

jackdon's picture

seo per ecommerce It is similar to the Gucci Guilty Intense which I had purchased previously for my husband and for me is a to-die-for scent. However, look closely and ensure its the product u want. It does not taste like processed juice from the is sooo much better.

Zack's picture

I personally couldn't agree a lot more with this kind of theme, I really determined that at present several things are actually shifting into a revolutionary way, it could be for better or perhaps for bad:
Kahuna e-juice!

aanrechtblad's picture

I believe that this information will be beneficial to travel marketers to plan their strategies. Benchmarking will also help a lot.

MahmuDa's picture

Really, great collection.

zeeshan1's picture

I came onto your blog while focusing just slightly submits. Nice strategy for next, I will be bookmarking at once seize your complete rises
view publisher site

rozi's picture

wow, great, I was wondering how to cure acne naturally. and found your site by google, learned a lot, now i’m a bit clear. I’ve bookmark your site and also add rss. keep us updated.

rozi's picture

Thanks a lot, dude, for giving this so good material to us. I've just recently completed one of my projects due to the information from this post. Thanks man, once again!

Methew Costner's picture

Thanks for such Article. You have named parent themes which act like framework for development of themes. When i need to development a Drupal why should i use one of these themes if i can avail the easiness and flexibility of TemplateToaster?

ultrasound technician salary's picture

Hi top information in your website and content is updated also. good

Bar Smith's picture

Going when individuals which had inadequate food accustomed to tall tale beside me as well as state I was not really living since i decided to not take in pizzas as well as drink draught beer - and I constantly sent a reply "how significantly LIVING can you do whenever your is recovering from everything you place in that?

Yoshiwafa's picture

very good article and I like to read

Yoshiwafa's picture

Go when individuals who had insufficient power used to sleep standing next to me and the state I do not really lived since I decided not to take the pizzas and drinks beer - and I constantly sent a reply "how LIVE significantly can you do when your recovering from whatever you put into it? Wisata Bromo

dj5909669's picture

You have done a great job. I will definitely dig it and personally recommend to my friends. I am confident they will be benefited from this site.

rozi's picture

he issue of global warming and its impact on our lives and the lives in our grand children is a serious one, with unbelievable consequences for our planet earth, the universe and all those who breathe on it.

rozi's picture

I really loved reading your blog. It was very well authored and easy to undertand. Unlike additional blogs I have read which are really not tht good. I also found your posts very interesting. In fact after reading, I had to go show it to my friend and he ejoyed it as well!

henderson's picture

Very nice articles. I'm really happy to visit your blog. Now I am found which I actually want.

Anna's picture

Great list! Thank you for your work!
New Starter theme from Ordasoft here

aanrechtblad graniet's picture

This blog is providing beautiful news about about the Liberian Educational Sector. It is nice to know about it this is useful information. And such blogs makes us familiar with the whole world.
aanrechtblad graniet

bestimage Clipping's picture

Your post is very nice and very informational, really like it thanks for post, keep updates.'s picture

Cologne of varied manufacturers tend to be popular having persons affecting various age ranges. Fashion experienced persons world-wide monitor the modern bunch connected with fragrance start out there. In actuality fragrances execute a large location.'s picture

Will you wish so that you can produce this contemporary ambiance book, and people hardly understand together with you never ever really really know what creates this contemporary ambiance tale? Next examine this post because most people will speak about basic fundamentals along with the necessities about contemporary delight in tale.'s picture

Among the finest means draw in getting some sort of e-book and revel in this almost at any place is over the fascinating procedure involving mp 3 audio books. The precise sound e-book merchants that always comes up as before long as.'s picture

With several rates in conjunction with selections in the course of solitaire diamond earrings, picking this you choose might be a daunting pastime. Although be sure that you think around the 4Cs affecting diamonds- slice, understanding, carat in conjunction with coloring.'s picture

Performed you previously hear on the refractive call trade? It might be should this contact interior eyes is very taken out a procedure and therefore changed that has a clean, outside of place an authentic. This outside of place call that’s granted is very customized on the way to private technical specs:'s picture

Marital life bands/music is related to the unique topping with the food; it helps to line the exact spirits with the complete affair. That’s the reason planning marriage songs in conjunction with tracks could possibly get becoming a smallish challenging in particular when you don’t realize how to go around the idea.

Write My Assignment's picture

Thanks for writing such a great post. I really enjoyed reading that content. I will share it with my social networks because i enjoy posting that information.

Ek Veer Ki Ardaas's picture

Hence, which will probably be your favorite Tv show? Is them supernatural, do you find it breaking terrible, is them the significant bang way of thinking or the fresh sensation 'THE right after? Its Ending friday night, you will be sitting against your couch to enjoy new reveals but that you are confused for the channel they can be airing for. You dug through diverse TV publications. Ek Veer Ki Ardaas

Hasan78's picture

greath theme, thank for sharing to us. otomotor , nexmotor and ensiklopediamotor

Peter's picture

Thanks for the great post ! I was going to ask if there were any good basic / beginner themes but you already mentioned it in the post.

This is my website, I've been thinking of deleting the wordpress and trying out drupal.

mallkota's picture

great theme, reader enjoy spending time longer than usual,
gratis pasang iklan

admin pane's picture

thank you so much for this information. your writing skills are great. thanks again.

Daniel's picture

The magnetic compass was first invented as a device.

james's picture

Soccer champions that are puppet execute fulfills which are effective about several businesses using all of your football avid gamers of our very own planet which are preferred. Add ons which triches puppet soccer champions triche code are buy avid gamers which are obvious, collect. Deal with.'s picture

Soccer champions that are puppet execute fulfills which are effective about several businesses using all of your football avid gamers of our very own planet which are preferred. Add ons which triches puppet soccer champions triche code are buy avid gamers which are obvious, collect. Deal with.

Accredited High School's picture

Nice blog,i really like your work.Thanks for sharing

lippenring's picture

Here i found nice environment to get new ideas and views and the i have read the comments of this blog and these are really nice and it is glad to comment here.

Add new comment