Last updated 4 October 2013. Created on 13 January 2012.
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Use it as is, as a theme with simplistic/minimalistic design, or as a base theme for faster theme development.

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 Documentation below needs updating, and applies to Groundwork 1.x. In the meantime, you may visit for the full documentation of Groundwork 2.x


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
  • 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.

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.

Grid settings per block

24-column grid system settings at your fingertips!(click image to enlarge)

Per block styling

Take control over block styles individually. Groundwork sub-themes like Negosyante even add more styles.
Individual block style settings(click image to enlarge)

The Groundwork theme framework supports 15 regions whereas the regions page_top,
page_bottom, and help are special hidden regions. The other 12 regions are
available to you for unlimited block placement and layout options. Note that the special Aside region is not visible in the image as it is only used in nodes.
Groundwork's regions(click image to enlarge)

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.

But Groundwork is not for everybody.
If you are a designer who wants to start everything from scratch, or you think this is too much, you may want to take a look at other great and powerful starter themes available here at

Drupal design and development by Noceda Media Lab
Development of the Groundwork project is sponsored by Noceda Media Lab.

Further Reading

Learn more about general Drupal theming at
Learn more about sub-theming:
Learn more about Groundwork at

Looking for support? Visit the forums, or join #drupal-support in IRC.