I need to modify my Drupal template so my website will be wider. I know very little about Drupal other than adding content to my site. So I am looking on Odesk for a designer to do the job. I got a quote from someone for 40 hours to do it. I cannot imagine why it should take that much time. The job is pretty straightforward. My website is: http://www.wholelifeplaza.com
I want my website to be laid out just like this site: http://www.santosha.com

Basically I just need to have my left column widened, a new column added on the right side, the box on top (where the banner is) to be widened, and the menu on the left to look and function (with popout submenus) as it does on santosha.com.

I don't know if it's a matter of modifying my current template, or having to recreate an entirely new template. Either way, should it take 40 hours to install the new template (with my content intact) ? I'm assuming with drupal you can replace the old version with the new template without having to manually copy and paste all the content back in page by page, right ?)

Thanks, Mike

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You are correct, the content and theme are (or at least should be) separate.

Time for what you want depends on how literal

I want my website to be laid out just like this site

is taken.

If I take it not literally and just consider

Basically I just need to have my left column widened, a new column added on the right side, the box on top (where the banner is) to be widened, and the menu on the left to look and function (with popout submenus) as it does on santosha.com.

forty hours seems high (I have done new themes in less time, though also more time).
The theme already supports two sidebars (at least as it comes from drupal.org) so adding the other sidebar should be and issue of populating it with blocks.

Hey,

For what i can see from your source code, you are using the theme: "amity island"

amity island is not longer supported, nor further developed see: https://drupal.org/project/amity_island

the good news are that this theme seems to come with 2 column layout, so as previews commenter said, adding a new column is not that big of a deal.

Of course comes the part that you should change the stylesheets to match your requested layout.

40h? Sounds a little bit much,
but i don't know if you have special changes to considered such as custom modules giving the page fixed width, etc
if you don't 10h maybe?, if you do have custom changes in modules/template.php , it'll take more (they will need to be identified and corrected)