One of the cool things we love about building websites is the ability to modify a WordPress theme to fit a client’s particular business need. If you are a techie interested in learning how to build your own brand-new, customized theme from scratch, you’re in luck. ThemeShaper (part of WordPress’ Automattic Theme Team) released a second edition of their Theme Tutorial. It includes:
- Updated code samples drawing from the Underscores (_s) theme – it provides samples, file structure, and best practices galore.
- Developing Your Theme Sense – a guide that helps newbies to WordPress Theme development. It even covers the steps needed to prepare your theme for distribution and how to license properly.
- New Tools – from installing a local test server or developing a remote server to pulling in dummy content.
Ready-Made WordPress Themes
Of course you don’t need to reinvent the wheel to create a customized WordPress website. There are stellar developer themes you can use right out of the box. Even if you choose a pre-made WordPress theme, you still have a plethora of options to make it unique. If you’ve got some php and css coding skills but don’t want to start from scratch, then this may be a better route. We recommend StudioPress and their Genesis Framework as they have a great selection of premium mobile responsive themes. Each theme has the ability to modify content structure and navigation.
If you’re looking for a free option, then look at the new Twenty Twelve Theme. It was just unveiled. This beauty provides a clean and crisp backdrop, especially for sites that use powerful imagery.
Whichever theme you choose or DIY approach, be sure your website’s code is clean. Poorly crafted code can bog down your website’s performance, an important component of SEO rankings. So, pay attention to load times and cross-browser compatibility.
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