Each site has its own design. Good-looking design will help attract users, they will stay on the portal longer and most likely will visit it again.
There are lots of Drupal themes that will help you to develop your own theme from scratch, to create a simple and beautiful catalogue website, or to make a useful site that will have a lot of helpful materials.
The general situation with themes for Drupal 7 resembles the situation with modules - the majority of them are still either in development process or these are just alpha or beta versions. Thus there is a lack of final releases.
Themes for Drupal 7 can be divided into 3 types:
- Themes for development from scratch (basic themes).
- Themes for rapid development (i.e. some minor steps to obtain the desired result will be needed).
- Themes that are just attractive themselves and can be used on any website.
Let’s look at these themes in more details:
Themes to develop from scratch (basic theme)
Nowadays this is the most popular Drupal theme, powerful and simple at the same time. Here you will find the elements of HTML5 and even of adaptive theming. It is worth mentioning that this theme has good documentation and files with the detailed comments to have all the needed information at hand. By the way Zen supports Sass as well.
Do you need to make an adaptive design? Use AdaptiveTheme and you will never make a mistake. This theme is designed specifically for developing sites with adaptive theming. In addition you will get a convenient layout system and HTML5 support.
Fusion is a powerful tool for any theme development. Its peculiarity lies in the fact that you can manage the layouts through comfortable user interface. Fusion is the basis of many other themes that can be also downloaded on drupal.org.
Omega is a very interesting theme. The majority of new Web technologies is introduced here in the first place, is constantly updated and has many useful integrations such as integration with Drush and with Panels module. Please note that now only two versions of Omega (the 3rd and the 4th) are supported. The third version has a convenient user interface for work with layouts. The fourth version can’t brag about its presence but it has a lot of other interesting additions.