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*NEW!* WordPress Theme Development Beginners Guide eBook, T

*NEW!* WordPress Theme Development Beginners Guide, Third Edition

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If youve been using WordPress to build websites for yourself or clients, youve 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 youre not limited to the themes you can download.

WordPress Theme Development Beginners 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 youve done that youll 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 its 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 Beginners Guide youll have the skills you need to build quality WordPress themes using your own designs. Working through a straightforward worked example, youll learn the steps you need to follow to create a theme from scratch.


A Beginners Guide packed with clear step-by-step instructions to create powerful and professional themes for your WordPress website

Who this book is for

If youve used WordPress to create self-hosted websites using themes youve downloaded but want to start building your own, this book is for you. You will need an understanding of how to use WordPress and some understanding of HTML and CSS. Simple PHP will be included in the book but you dont need any prior PHP knowledge or experience it will all be explained for you.
About the Author

Rachel McCollin

Rachel McCollin is a web designer and developer specializing in WordPress development. She discovered WordPress when looking for a CMS that made the transition from static HTML relatively straightforward, and hasnt looked back since.

Rachel runs Compass Design, a web design agency based in Birmingham, England, but with clients across the UK and internationally. The agency was established in 2010 and quickly began specializing in building WordPress themes and sites, with a slant towards responsive themes. The agency now has a great team of designers and developers, including some WordPress specialists.

Tessa Blakeley Silver

Tessa Blakeley Silvers 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), 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 ebook
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