I was recently hired by SEOposition to update their contributed theme for Drupal 5. Essentially, I rewrote the entire theme from scratch: The CSS and XHTML are all brand new, there's a new navigation bar, improved typography, and the theme itself is about 200px wider.
Overall, the code is much tighter, and quicker to download. If you're upgrading from the 4.x version, you'll see a significant decrease in bandwidth usage. Here's an overview of the bandwidth-saving improvements I was able to make:
- Rewritten CSS is 60% lighter. Old version used over 15k of code, I did it in 6k.
- New XHTML layout is 25% lighter, easier to read, with better SEO.
- Optimized images now have 40% smaller file sizes without sacrificing quality.
Here's a screenshot of the new 5.x version:
The updated theme is now available for download from the official Drupal site. Please note that the information on that page still referrers to the old 4.7 release, all admin screen issues have been resolved in the new Drupal 5 version.
If you have an old theme you'd like updated to Drupal 5, be sure to check out my Drupal theme services.