WordPress 2.8 Theme Design

Create flexible, powerful, and professional themes for your WordPress blogs and web sites

WordPress 2.8 Theme Design

Tessa Blakeley Silver

Create flexible, powerful, and professional themes for your WordPress blogs and web sites
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849510080
Paperback292 pages

Book Description

Themes are among the most powerful features that can be used to customize a web site, especially in WordPress. Using custom themes you can brand your site for a particular corporate image, ensure standards compliance, and create easily navigable layouts. But most WordPress users still continue to use default themes as developing and deploying themes that are flexible and easily maintainable is not always straightforward.

It's easy to create powerful and professional themes for your WordPress web site when you've got this book to hand. It provides clear, step-by-step instructions to create a robust and flexible WordPress theme, along with best practices for theme development. It will take you through the ins and outs of creating sophisticated professional themes for the WordPress personal publishing platform. It reviews the best practices from development tools and setting up your WordPress sandbox, through design tips and suggestions, to setting up your theme's template structure, coding markup, testing and debugging, to taking it live. The last three chapters are dedicated to additional tips, tricks, and various cookbook recipes for adding popular site enhancements to your WordPress theme designs using third-party plugins.

Whether you're working with a pre-existing theme or creating a new one from the ground up, WordPress Theme Design will give you the know-how to understand how themes work within the WordPress blog system, enabling you to take full control over your site's design and branding.

Table of Contents

Chapter 8: Dynamic Menus and Interactive Elements

What You Will Learn

  • Set up a basic workflow and development environment for WordPress theme design
  • Create detailed designs and code them up
  • Enhance your sites by choosing the right color schemes and graphics
  • Debug and validate your theme using the W3C's XHTML and CSS validation tools
  • Customize and tweak your theme's layout
  • Set up dynamic drop-down menus, AJAX/dynamic and interactive forms
  • Download and install useful plugins and widgetize your theme
  • Improve post and page content using jQuery
  • Enhance the interactivity of your themes using Flash
  • Includes a reference guide to WordPress 2.8 template hierarchy, markup, styles and template tags, as well as include and loop functions

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