Will it be less painful to just build my theme from scratch using the HTML/CSS mockup that I have or should I still go through the process of using a base theme like Zen?

  • Sorry, but I have to close this. It is really halfway between too broad and primarily opinion-based.
    – mpdonadio
    Jul 9, 2013 at 22:31
  • It's unfortunate because I think it's a valid question...especially for those relatively new to Drupal. I've been working with Drupal for 3yrs+ and still don't know what the best approach is given a complete HTML/CSS mockup. Jul 11, 2013 at 13:01
  • We can discuss this on Meta if you want; just post a question there.
    – mpdonadio
    Jul 11, 2013 at 13:05

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It's a mix of personal preference, familiarity with the theme system and, arguably most importantly, the experience of the end-user admin and how much they'll need to modify layout.

Unless the site layout will need to be extensively modified (by a non-developer, beyond just toggling/placing blocks) I would always choose to start from scratch.

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