WordPress Theme Development : Beginner's Guide - Third Edition

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Learn
  • Design a responsive mock-up for your theme using HTML and CSS
  • Convert your HTML to PHP files to create a WordPress theme
  • Add extra theme files making use of the template hierarchy
  • Add template tags and the loop to display content in your theme
  • Give your theme extra features like menus, widgets and featured images
  • Make your theme SEO-friendly, responsive and accessible
  • Debug and validate your theme to ensure it’s of high quality
  • Learn how to release your theme to the public
About

If you’ve been using WordPress to build websites for yourself or clients, you’ve probably reached a point where you need to build your own theme. Being able to build your own themes means you can build beautiful, bespoke websites using WordPress and means you’re not limited to the themes you can download.

WordPress Theme Development Beginner’s Guide will take you through the process of building your first WordPress theme. It will show you how to write the HTML and CSS your theme will be based on, then convert that code to PHP for use in WordPress. Once you’ve done that you’ll learn how to add more features to your theme and make it responsive, accessible and SEO-friendly.

Start by designing your theme using HTML and CSS, then work through the steps to turn this into a fully functioning WordPress theme, including creating template files, adding template tags and PHP to display content, and giving your theme extra goodies like menus, widget areas and more.

Create a gorgeous, responsive and standards-compliant design for your theme using HTML5 and CSS3. Take your HTML and use it to create PHP template files using the WordPress template hierarchy, then add in template tags and the loop to display pages and posts in your theme. Add widget areas, menus and featured images. Learn how to debug your theme and validate it, ensuring it’s standards-compliant and accessible. Find out what steps you need to take to release your theme to the public, and finally learn some extra tips and tricks such as how to enhance your theme for SEO and how to add support for the WordPress theme customizer.

At the end of WordPress Theme Development Beginner’s Guide you’ll have the skills you need to build quality WordPress themes using your own designs. Working through a straightforward worked example, you’ll learn the steps you need to follow to create a theme from scratch.

Features
  • Learn how to design WordPress themes and build them from scratch
  • Learn how to create a WordPress theme design using HTML5 and CSS3
  • With clear and easy to follow worked examples to help you build your first WordPress theme if you’ve never done it before
Page Count 252
Course Length 7 hours 33 minutes
ISBN 9781849514224
Date Of Publication 25 Mar 2013

Authors

Tessa Blakeley Silver

Tessa Blakeley Silver's background is in print design and traditional illustration. She evolved over the years into web and multi-media development, where she focuses on usability and interface design. Prior to starting her consulting and development company hyper3media (pronounced hyper-cube media) http://hyper3media.com, Tessa was the VP of Interactive Technologies at eHigherEducation, an online learning and technology company developing compelling multimedia simulations, interactions, and games that met online educational requirements like 508, AICC, and SCORM. She has also worked as a consultant and freelancer for J. Walter Thompson and The Diamond Trading Company (formerly known as DeBeers) and was a Design Specialist and Senior Associate for PricewaterhouseCoopers' East Region Marketing department. Tessa authors several design and web technology blogs. Joomla! Template Design is her first book.

Rachel McCollin

Rachel McCollin is an experienced WordPress developer and writer with a reputation for making difficult technical subjects easy to understand. She's been building WordPress sites for clients since 2010, and this is her fourth book on the technology. She's a regular writer for some of the most influential web design and development websites and her writing has helped thousands of people learn how to get started with WordPress and gain more from it.