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Drupal 7 Themes by Ric Shreves

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Building a new theme without sub-theming

While the use of sub-themes may be the fastest and easiest way to create a new theme, it's not the right choice for everyone. If, for example, you wish to create a theme that will be distributed individually, or a theme that will be hosted on Drupal.org, you will want to create a standalone package. In those cases where you need a distinct and complete theme, sub-theming is out of the question; you will need to go through the extra steps of creating all the necessary pieces yourself rather than relying on the resources of a pre-existing base theme.

While there is no doubt that creating a new theme from scratch is more work, there is also one clear advantage: You are not burdened by code created by someone ...

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