If you’re thinking about creating a custom theme, you can save a lot of time by starting with a good theme framework or starter theme. In this session we’ll look at some popular theme frameworks and discuss the pros and cons of using someone else’s theme as a head start.
Have you ever wanted to add a new widget area to one of your page templates? Or a maybe an additional menu? This session will show you how to add some of the WordPress features that your theme designer left out. (Wednesday, October 9 — 1pm PDT / 4pm EDT / 8pm GMT)
CSS is the engine that controls every aspect of your site’s visual design. In this I walk through the process of creating a child theme exclusively with CSS, discuss responsive design, and provide links to a number of online CSS resources. (use right click, Save Link As). Downloads Week 3 Links and Resources (PDF) Week […]
This session dives into the inner working of theme templates. You’ll learn how WordPress template tags work to display content on your website, and you’ll learn just enough about PHP to create a child theme and start customizing your templates.
Before you start customizing your WordPress theme you need a safe environment to work in and the right tools for the job. This session will teach you how to get WordPress up and running on your Mac or PC. You’ll also learn about the tools you need to customize themes. (Wednesday, September 18 – 1pm PDT / 4pm EDT / 8pm GMT)
Before you begin customizing WordPress themes it helps to have a conceptual understanding of how the template system works. (use right click, Save Link As). In this session: How WordPress works (CMS concepts). How Templates Works. Decoding the WordPress template files. How to tell what template file is being used on any page. The role […]
After creating and organizing the core content it’s time to adjust the theme settings. Depending on the theme you’re using, this is where you’ll add your logo, adjust the layout, customize your colors and fonts, and tweak any other display options that are controlled by the theme.
Most WordPress themes provide non-technical users with the ability to customize the site look and layout from an admin page. The problem is, every theme is just a little bit different. In this lesson you’ll see how theme customization is performed in several different themes. Along the way, you’ll get a better idea of how theme customization varies from theme to theme. This knowledge will help you identify a theme that’s appropriate for your skill level and your business needs.