Help with making a wordpress theme

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by dannysimple, Nov 3, 2008.

  1. dannysimple macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2008
    ok i have photoshop and cssedit now i need step by step how i can build a wordpress theme from SCRATCH with those tools.
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    Finding out is very easy.
  3. rogersmj macrumors 68020


    Sep 10, 2006
    Indianapolis, IN
    As angelwatt linked to, there's tons of tutorials. Google is your friend.

    Also, it doesn't matter what tools you have; saying "I've got PS and CSSedit, I'm ready to make some WP themes!" is like saying "I bought a saw and a drill, so I'm ready to build a house!" ;) You need to understand how the Wordpress themes are put together, and then it really doesn't matter what you choose to work with. I can easily build WP themes from scratch now, but when I did my first one I found it very helpful to start with another theme's files and use them to help me understand how they were all supposed to fit together (don't use the default theme to do your learning -- there's a lot of goofy stuff in there that 99% of people don't put in other themes). Then, keep the Wordpress Codex close at hand for function reference and away you go.

    You'll want a decent code editor when you're ready to give it a shot; I recommend TextMate if you're willing to spend some money, but Smultron is a great free alternative.
  4. SrWebDeveloper macrumors 68000


    Dec 7, 2007
    Alexandria, VA, USA
    As to Wordpress I got a few things to add...

    First, complain LOUDLY to the Wordpress people to fix this broken page:

    That's the theme support page linked from this main support page:

    Also on the main support page is the link to the Wordpress forum, which has a search tool and a couple of topics on themes. This is where you would post some technical questions as you start coding your theme.


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