Last updated August 8, 2019


Goal

Find and evaluate themes on Drupal.org.

Steps

Finding Themes

  1. Go to https://www.drupal.org, and navigate to Download & Extend > Themes (https://www.drupal.org/project/project_theme).
  2. Filter your search using the categories on the theme search page. For example, you might use these filters:

    Field name Explanation Example value

    Maintenance status

    How actively is the theme maintained? If a theme is actively maintained, you can expect bug fixes and improvements on a regular basis.

    Actively maintained

    Development status

    What kind of development is the theme undergoing? If you select Under active development, you can expect new features to be added, and some aspects may still change. If you select Maintenance fixes only, it means that the theme is considered complete.

    Any

    Core compatibility

    The Drupal version the theme is compatible with.

    8.x

    Status

    Sandbox projects are experimental projects. Full projects have already gone through an approval process, but they can still be in development.

    Full projects

    Stability

    Whether or not the project maintainer has created a production-ready version.

    Has a supported stable release

    Security advisory coverage

    Whether or not the project maintainer has agreed to follow Drupal Security Team procedures.

    Has security advisory coverage

    Search themes

    Search by search term in the theme’s description.

    -

    Sort by

    Order your search results by criteria like Most installed (popular themes that many sites use) or Last release (date of latest version released).

    Most installed

    Filters on the theme search page on Drupal.org

  3. Click Search. Search results will appear.

    The search results page on Drupal.org

  4. To further evaluate a theme, click its title in the list of search results to visit its project page.

Some aspects to pay attention to while evaluating themes:

  • Introduction: The description of the theme on its project page should be clear and useful. A screenshot of the theme helps your evaluation as well.
  • Project information: There may be warnings in this area of the page, such as if a theme is no longer being developed, or is not covered by the security advisory policy.
  • Project information > Reported installs, downloads: You can see how many people have downloaded and how many sites use the theme.
  • Issues: See if there are any open issues, potential problems with the theme. Check the Statistics to see how regularly issues are responded to.
  • Documentation, Resources: Check if the theme has documentation or a README file, that can help you install, configure, explore, and test it.