Drupal starter themes are very useful when you want a theme that is already set up and ready for customization. Most of them require very little work to install and change. If you're just starting with Drupal then you will probably want to take a look at the five most widely used starter themes: Zen, Omega, Sky, Fusion, and Framework. If you want to learn more about Starter Themes check out Starter Themes or Using Base Themes.
Zen is the most widely used starter theme for Drupal. It has lots of good quality documentation and won the "Best Drupal Theme" title. Zen has a lot of flexibility built in which means you can build off of it to create even better themes. Other starter themes such as Zen NineSixty and Basic, were originally highly modified versions of Zen.
- Reported Installs: 114,113 (march 2013)
- Versions Supported: 5,6,7
- Layout Types: 1, 2, 3, and 5 column layouts
A starter or "base" theme is one that typically has very little style and is designed to give you a head start building your own unique theme, usually using Drupal's subtheming.
This is a list of themes that currently identify themselves as starter themes. At time of writing some of these projects were in early alpha release or still in development. You will need to check the releases for each project.Read more