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The groundwork has already been laid. Reduce your custom theming time by using a theme framework with a powerful layout engine and sensible generic style defaults.

Use it as is, as a theme with simplistic/minimalistic design, or as a base theme for faster theme development.

Here are the key features of Groundwork:

  • HTML 5
  • Web accessibility optimized with ARIA roles
  • 24-column grid system based on
  • Supports one, two, and three-column layouts
  • 15 regions with a special "Aside" region visible only in nodes.
  • Optimized typography for all standard elements
  • Advanced Theme Settings
  • Block source ordering per region
  • Powerful layout engine provides unlimited layout possibilities
  • CSS Reset
  • Collection of preset CSS classes
  • HTML5 polyfill to support older browsers
  • Formalize: HTML5 ready, progressively enhanced, cross-browser forms
  • Icons for common Drupal form fields such as search, username, and password fields.
  • and many more.

What is Groundwork?

Groundwork is a theme framework. It was built to help you design beautiful Drupal websites faster and more efficient. As its name implies, it's a groundwork which comes already with sensible generic style defaults, CSS browser hacks, collection of preset CSS classes and more. Because of Groundwork's basic generic style, you may also wish to use it as is, as a structured minimalistic theme.

Groundwork uses a 24-column grid system based on the Efficient layout options available give endless possibilities, which makes the Groundwork suite of themes extremely versatile. Customizing a website to specific layout and design is very easy.


The Skinr 7.x-2.x module is required. Blocks in most regions will all be 940px wide if you opted not to use Skinr.

Backing up (Exporting) your Skinr settings is recommended if you will be doing major changes in your site,


It only takes 3 steps to create a sub-theme of Groundwork.

  1. Copy the subwork folder
  2. Rename the 3 instances of the name subwork.
    • the folder name "subwork";
    • the filename of the .info file "";
    • the name of the theme inside the .info file "name = Subwork"
  3. Design away with the well-commented local.css.

Creating a sub-theme of Groundwork is a breeze!

If you wish to use a ready-made sub-theme instead, here are some: