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WordPress Theme Development for Beginners

Posted on 06 April 2011 by Liza Mae V.

I’ve come to a point where I’ve searched endlessly for the perfect wordpress theme for a couple of sites I manage such as LuxaVision, Home Investars, Canada Real Estate Investing, etc., but have never really find all the options that I want to include. I want to dismantle bits and pieces of themes and create my own. I am never satisfied with one theme. The best solution for over coming such frustrations is to develop my own wordpress themes. I’m not going to completely start from scratch for I found a theme framework called Thematic that can be used for most users. The developer mentions that it can be used for beginners but I think you may need some development knowledge because the problem is that the developer hasn’t created a full out documentation on how to use it. I’ve been trying to find resources on how to develop a site using the Thematic framework but unfortunately there is no one stop shop. This is my own comprehensive guide in to WordPress Theme Development:

WordPress Basics | Getting Started with WordPress Themes

Why WordPress Themes? by WordPress | This is greatly detailed but if you just want something easy to understand, start with the next document.

Anatomy Of A WordPress Theme by Yoast | For the visual learner, this breaks down the key components of a WordPress Theme.  The image is just a snippet of the article, so check it out.

Anatomy of a wordpress theme by Yoast

Creating A Child Theme for WordPress

A child theme is simply a customized theme from another theme, so you use all the functionality of a created theme and add your own tweaks to it.  If you have a theme that you like but there are a couple of things you want to change, this is one of the best options for you.  This site is perfect for beginners such as myself and it is a great start to creating child themes:

How to make a child theme for WordPress: A pictorial introduction for beginners

The next steps that I need to learn is CSS which I will probably try to find a tutorial online.  I know some CSS already but I want to be an expert on it for I think it is powerful in terms of WordPress design and development.

– Liza Mae

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