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At the recent WordCamp Edinburgh, I took part in a panel discussion about WordPress theme development and the options available to developers when building themes. The overriding conclusion from the session was that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer and that the best method depends on the needs of the website and the capabilities of the developer.
But if you're starting out building WordPress themes, or want to develop a system for building them more efficiently or robustly, how do you decide which approach to take? In this article I'll briefly describe how WordPress themes work, and then look at some of the different approaches to developing them, with tips on which approach might be most suitable depending on your site and your circumstances.
In case you missed it, WordPress release 3.4 included a very exciting new development - the theme customizer. This allows users to tweak theme settings using a WYSIWYG interface and customise a theme so it includes the colours, fonts, text and pretty much anything else they want.
The purists out there may be throwing their hands up in horror - a WYSIWYG interface! Letting users alter themes themselves! Surely that opens the floodgates for the creation of thousands of ugly, messy WordPress sites?
There is so much to learn about WordPress theme development. The Internet is home to hundreds of articles about building WordPress themes, to countless theme frameworks that will help you get started, and to endless WordPress themes, some of which are beautiful and professional but not a few of which are (to be honest) a bit crappy.
Rather than write another article on building a WordPress theme (which would be silly, really, since any theme I build would fall into the “crappy” category), I’ve asked some of the top theme designers and developers to share some tips and techniques to help you improve and refine your theme development and design process.
There has quite probably never been a better time to be a premium theme user. While a huge increase in the supply of quality premium themes hasn’t particularly driven down prices, it has promoted a huge push for innovation, best practices and quality design. Unfortunately, there’s one crucial thing which rarely gets quite so much attention as the must have responsive design: after-sales support.
Sadly, all too often, documentation is seriously lacking, and getting a reply on the developer’s support forum or via email takes much longer than it should. This post aims to take the pain out of using a premium WordPress theme by sharing some tips I’ve learned in my time as a “support expert” for a major theme shop.
We've all been total newbies. In fact, I spend most of my time still feeling like one. So researching this article was a great opportunity for me to do some more learning, and to share all of that good stuff with you. I reached out to people from across the WordPress community to ask what advice they would give to people just starting their WordPress journey.
I talked with developers, designers, support reps, security experts, hosting companies, theme shops, plugin developers and just about everything in between. This article is a result of their insight, and I hope that it provides some encouragement and guidance to newbies - whether you're a user or a developer - as well as some tips for advanced WordPress users who continue to learn throughout their lives.
Frank is a responsive WordPress theme. It uses a modified version of the Foundation grid system. It also offers the unique feature of a modular home page layout system. The theme comes with various different layouts for your home page (1 column, 2 column, 3 column, 4 column, etc.) that can be mixed and matched. This allows for a home page with different content sections in different layouts.
If you've been around WordPress for a while you know how difficult it used to be to create post lists based on complex criteria while also conforming to WordPress standards. Over the course of a few years the platform has come a long way. By utilising the power of the WP_Query class, we can lists posts in any way we want.
The WP_Query class is one of the most important parts of the WordPress codebase. Among other things, it determines the query you need on any given page and pulls posts accordingly.
WordPress 3.5 is currently in the third beta release and the official release is expected on December 5th. This version of WordPress will be the second major release for 2012 and is focused on improvements of existing features, rather than adding new ones, such as media library, plugins installation and theme previewer.
The biggest improvement in the upcoming WordPress 3.5 is the way that users will add photos in content. With a more simplified interface, WordPress will make the whole workflow of uploading and inserting images much easier, even for beginners.
The shortcode ability of WordPress is extremely underrated. It enables the end user to create intricate elements with a few keystrokes while also modularizing editing tasks. In a new theme we're developing, I decided to look into adding widgets anywhere with shortcodes and it turns out that it isn't that difficult.
This tutorial is for experienced WordPress users; we will be looking at the widgets object and shortcodes without delving into too much detail about how and why they work. If you are looking for more information, I suggest reading Mastering WordPress Shortcodes and the Widgets API article in the Codex.