How difficult it is to find a decent and free Drupal theme?
Answer: very, very difficult.
I want to find a decent Drupal theme for my website, similar to something like this:
My requirements are simple, all I need are:
- the ability to put the login block, and the user information menu at the top of the screen.
- the ability to put a menu constructed using nice menu mode, at the content top area.
- A theme that supports both 2 and 3 column layout
Pretty simple requirements, aren't they?
So I began my quest to search for such a free template. I thought that given the popularity of Drupal, finding such a simple theme shouldn't be so difficult.
I was wrong.
True, there are a lot of free themes out there; true, those free themes look great on demo. The only thing is, when you really apply them on your websites, they suck. Either the menus are not arranged properly, or the themes aren't compatible with nice menu modules or other modules, or there isn't enough block space to hold my menus. In short, there is not a single free theme that looks great on my site, and I bet there is not a single news website can have any use of the available free Drupal theme.
So I am turning to premium drupal theme sites; they are quite a couple of Drupal theme sites, and the pricing scheme isn't cheap. The price can range from USD 70 to USD 300. For a country which per capital income is just USD 7511, such a price tag is considered pricey, to say the least. So I need to make sure that if I buy a theme, I must be able to apply it.
Unfortunately the terms and conditions of those premium Drupal sites don't inspire confidence in me. There is no such a thing as try-before-you-buy, and there is no guarantee that they will do slight modification to the theme so that it works with your site layout. In other words it seems that the them sellers don't provide technical support beyond installation help. How can you expect me to shell out my money for something that I have no confidence in?
So basically this post is a call for help. If anyone knows of a Drupal theme site that you are satisfied with, do let me know.