What to look for in a Drupal Theme ? - Theme Features

What to look for in a Drupal theme ? Checkout some of they key features and which themes offer those.

Theme Features Description Model Themes
Fixed / Fluid Both types are in equal Demand. Fixed width themes are more used when the website is dynamic and content is primararily added by users. This prevents distorting of website. Fluid width themes have a disadvantage, that it will show blank spaces when the screen size is bigger.   
Multi-column Support Theme should support 1, 2 and 3 column layouts. If 2 column is used then theme should automatically resize the center column to occupy the 3 column space. Same applies if 1 column is used. http://drupal.org/project/beginning
Source ordering Content should load before the left and right sidebars. This provides increased accessibility and SEO  http://drupal.org/project/beginning 
Extra block Regions Theme should provide extra block regions, ideally 3 below the header and 3 in the footer.  http://drupal.org/project/artistsC01
W3C standards-compliant  XHTML 1.0 Strict / CSS 2.1
http://validator.w3.org/ - XTHML Validation
http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/ - CSS Validator
Cross-browser compatible IE6, IE7, Firefox2, Opera 9, Safari are widely used browsers. Theme should support IE6 and FF2 at the minimum.  
Secondary menus The theme should support Secondary Menus http://drupal.org/project/fourseasons
Theme Settings API Can the theme settings be changed from Theme admin pages. Theme settings API module needed. http://drupal.org/project/twilight
Suckerfish Menus Does the theme support SuckerFish menus
Icons Support Icons should be included in the node links etc.


Content should load before the left and right sidebars. This provides increased accessibility and SEO
==> how this is going to be helpful for the SEO ? I dont understand this point.

The search engine's spiders are thought to give more relevance and weight to the code at the top of the page... so if the top half of your page is all menus and ads, then your page will not have as high of a rank.

Conversely, if the top half of your page is "meaty" and the "fluff" is at the bottom, then the search engines will give you more rank.

This is mostly educated guesses from what we see does and doesn't work for SEO (no one but Google knows for sure). Check online and you can find sites that will show you what your page looks like to a spider... interesting stuff.


Small Business Website

I purchased a Drupal template from Template Monster for a client and was utterly shocked after seeing the code underneath. I ended up basically recreating the theme from scratch based on a Zen sub-theme and the PSD source that came with Craps online guide the template.For my time and the cost of the theme, it would have been way worth just purchasing a theme here on Topnotch Themes. But, come to think of it, I don't recall seeing 6.x themes here at that time.

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SEO Services

Advanced features could be loosely defined as anything beyond what Drupal core offers out-of-the-box. There are two main types of features—end user features and developer/themer features. Some freebie themes come with advanced theme settings and other features but most do not, so the selection of beautiful themes with the added functionality is not great. The main reason for this lack of feature rich themes (that are also top notch designs as well) is that these types of Drupal themes are expensive to build.
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