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How to Create a WordPress Theme
How to Create a WordPress Theme

How to Create A WordPress Theme

This tutorial is a part of the WordPress Theme tutorial series. If you would like to see the whole series and the order in which you should follow them, then click here.

If you’ve ever been interested in creating your own WordPress themes, but didn’t know where to start, then you’ve come to the right place. Content allows you to communicate with your audience and plugins allow you to extend WordPress’s functionality, but there’s 1 extra item to throw into this recipe. Themes. This tutorial series is for anyone who wants to learn how to create a WordPress theme.

There are some people asking whether they should learn how to create themes or plugins first. I suggest themes because it’s much more simpler to understand.

Before Getting Started

Before you begin this series, I expect you to have a good understanding of HTML, CSS and web design. This tutorial will not teach you how to design, but it’ll teach you how to create a WordPress theme. You must also have an understanding of PHP fundamentals.

While this tutorial doesn’t expect you to know how to code any themes or plugins, you should know how to use WordPress in general. This includes stuff like creating posts, pages, uploading a themes, and creating menus.

What do I need?

You’re free to use any text editor you like. For this tutorial series, I’ll be using Komodo Edit. Click here to download this program. You should also have a local server installed. You can use XAMPP, WAMP or USBWebServer. You should also have WordPress installed. Any version of WordPress 3.x will work. At this moment, feel free to add some random posts and create pages. If you’re having trouble or don’t feel like abusing your keyboard, then head on over to Lorem Ipsum to generate random content. Click here to go to the Lorem Ipsum website.

I’ll be providing all source code, images and any other files related to this project. If you have your own design, then this tutorial assumes you have already converted it from a PSD to a fully HTML validated file.  Your design should be well structured code wise.

How to Create a WordPress Theme

If you feel like you have everything ready, then head onto the next tutorial on how to create a WordPress theme. If you would like more info about WordPress theme development, then click here. We’ll be using a template called Cool Blue for this project. Here’s what it looks like. We’ll be making a few changes to it to make this tutorial simpler.

How to Create A WordPress Theme
How to Create A WordPress Theme

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