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7 Best Free Drupal Themes For Your Blog Site

Drupal Themes

I’m sure if you ask any website developer around the world, they will unanimously agree that WordPress is the most popular content management system available in the market at present. However, it will come as a great surprise to many when I say that Drupal has undergone significant levels of maturity and growth down the years as far as their design quality, performance, stability, and power are concerned.

If you wish to make use of the open-source Drupal content management system, either for your professional or personal blog, then there are a number of Drupal themes that you can work with.

Here we take a look at a few of them, all of which include such impressive features such as font integration, image slideshows, multi-level drop-down menus, Google Fonts, and responsive layouts.

Classic Blog theme

Classic Blog theme

A great looking Drupal 7 theme, Classic Blog features a minimal, sleek, and extremely clean design. Nevertheless, it has a pretty elegant and modern look about it. The Classic Blog theme comes with a very minimalistic design which makes it an ideal choice for entrepreneurs, freelancers, portfolios, and bloggers.

 

 

Drupal Nexus theme

Drupal Nexus theme

With elegant looks and a flat responsive design, the Drupal Nexus theme has been designed and developed by the Devsaran community. The theme easily fits in for all portfolio, small business, or blog sites, apart from a whole host of other choices. The design features flat elements in the navigation, buttons, and header sections. With functional, modern, and an elegant design, the clean elements can be easily understood while making website navigation seemingly a pleasure.

 

 

Meedjum Blog theme

Meedjum Blog theme

With the Meedjum Blog theme distribution, you can set up a new blog site in the Meedjum style design. Basically, what it does is create an article content type, design a listing view, and adjust a couple of other settings. In the end, you get a simple, beautiful out-of-the-box blog to work with.

 

Gratis Drupal theme

Gratis Drupal theme

A free Drupal theme with which you can set up your blog site, Gratis offers a number of predefined color schemes for you to work with. It also comes with such features as optional breadcrumbs, a sticky footer section, font integration, and a responsive website layout.

 

 

 

Impact theme

Impact theme

This theme is a responsive multipurpose theme used for designing Drupal 7 blog sites. It has been created keeping in mind the prevalent looks on a large number of different websites. A completely responsive theme, it has been tested for optimal performance on iPad and iPhone devices. Impact theme is a great option for all-round usage and can benefit projects of every type.

 

 

Corked Screwer theme

Corked Screwer theme

Developed by the More than (just) themes community, Corked Screwer is based on the homonymous PSD template which was originally designed and published by Vladimir Kudinov. The theme has been ported over to Drupal and is one of the best themes made available by the Drupal developer community. It also features a responsive grid layout.

 

 

Writer Drupal theme

Writer Drupal theme

As far as developers of blog sites are concerned, they require a blogging theme that is not only stunning and simple to work with, but also draws the attention of the readers to the quality of code and writing. Three basic design principles went into the development of this theme: a brutally simple design, fantastic typography, and support for code snippets. An HTML5 markup and responsive layout are some of the impressive features of this theme.

 

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With The Use Of Drupal 8 Continuous Integration Now Requires Less Effort?

During the course of their MidCamp event for 2014, the Drupal community revealed a fascinating aspect of the latest version of their development framework. With the use of Drupal 8, PHPUnit will now have its support system made as part of the base distribution. This is of great importance to us Drupal developers at PHP Programmers who have been making every effort to integrate automated tests into our build system. The “Self-Testing Build” feature of this development framework is what makes it one of the most sought-after platform for the developers who are on the lookout for embracing Continuous Integration in their development philosophy.

So what next?

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At present we make use of PHPUnit for all our testing-related activities. A new technique known as Behavioral Driven Development (BDD) designed using PHP Unit along with PhantomJS, Mink and Behat allows us to practice easily developed self-code for review.

However, one major issue with this form of testing workflow is that the developers are required to jump in to the Functional Test level everytime they are required to test something. This is not much of an improvement on the Simple Test workflow that Drupal had been using for so long. Now, with Drupal releasing their latest version Drupal 8, something better has been presented to the developers: provision for testing functionalities at a unit level.

Life gets better with the use of Drupal 8

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Testing with Drupal was a near impossible task until Drupal 8 was brought into the fray. Only thing that developers could work with was the Simple Test framework that came integrated with the development tool. However, it followed something that, in the terminology of developers, we refer to as “Use one Car to Test Another Car” approach. To be more specific, it requires that developers have a full Drupal instance running in order to create a fake Drupal instance that will carry out all the required tests.

Moreover, the functional code does not have much of an encapsulation. Simply put, developers can just test by saying “I shall be giving abc as input and getting xyz as output.” The lack of encapsulation may be blamed on the predominant use of global variables that prevents functionalities from being grouped together with data akin to what can be done with the objects in Object Oriented Programming.

However, there is no need to fear. The new object-oriented framework of Drupal 8 gives easy access to a number of new features and programming patterns such as object mocking and dependency injection. This allows consolidation of a single unit of code. A unit may be defined as a single function within a class which is the smallest unit of code which can possibly be tested using PHP Unit.

This serves as a much needed inspiration for developers to write code that is not only testable and better, but also available in smaller testable units. This increases their reusability and also makes the overall testing process much easier.

How is Unit Testing making things easier?

Under numerous circumstances, it is altogether possible to do away with the various functional tests. If the individual components of a system are working as per expectations, then their sum total would add up to a feature that gives equally satisfactory levels of performance. Last but not the least, these modern tests are faster as compared to those done with the older version of Drupal, even if only by a few orders of magnitude.

This allows the tests to be integrated into the build script rather than having to use a different testing module such as Travis-CI for the purpose. And speaking of the latter, it can now be integrated directly with Drupal 8 rather than bringing them together out-of-the-box in order to create a favorable environment for testing purposes.

While BDD is undoubtedly a testing feature that is here to stay- thanks largely to its improved features of direct communication with the clients on various aspects of testing- unit testing allows users to build a set of codes that are reusable and available at lower maintenance costs. With unit testing, developers are better equipped to gauge the quality of their code.

Strictly from the perspective of a PHP programmer, this will help improve our existing testing process especially with regards to our migration services and technical projects based on integrations and APIs. The future prospects surrounding the use of Drupal 8 are certainly exciting as the new unit test results will serve as an insurance for the clients and backup our claims of providing quality service. As long as the developers are happy, we can give assurance of making our clients happy, and it is all thanks to the release of Drupal 8.