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Creating a FULL WP Theme from Scratch

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by @shelton_sellers, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. @shelton_sellers

    @shelton_sellers BANNED BANNED

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    I know I have the graphic design skills to create an entire WP theme from scratch, but how easy is it to actually get it to function?
    All I will need is a header for my logo and a feed to post videos I am uploading to YouTube.
    It will need a way to share with social networks as well, but that is all really.

    How easy will it be to turn a design into a working theme?
     
  2. AzonGeek

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    It will be a bit tough if you don't have programming skill like PHP.
     
  3. RedPazuzu

    RedPazuzu Registered Member

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    I'd recommend using Artisteer for WP theme design.
     
  4. @shelton_sellers

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    Any idea of how much it would cost me to get someone to do it if the design was complete?
    Just trying to weigh my options here.
     
  5. adriel

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    When you say you have 'Enough Graphic Design Skills' are you referring to the ability to create a mock up layout on photoshop, or are you talking about coding using css, php, html, etc..
     
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    Its depends from $100-$2000
    You can post a job on Odesk and see the responce
     
  7. @shelton_sellers

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    Just making the mock layout; not actually getting anything to function.
    I have began to learn to code in order to get things to function before but don't know the skills needed to do this job at the moment.

    Just wondering how tough it would be to get done with all the tutorials and such out on the net.
     
  8. CandyLand

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    I have heard about software that will convert psd files to wordpress. Can't vouch for these programs as I've never done it but it may be an option. Otherwise, the easiest way to create your own wordpress theme is to just modify an existing one rather than try to create one from scratch.
     
  9. adriel

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    As far as difficulty, i wouldn't say it is impossible for someone who is learning but it definitely requires advanced skill. I think I came across some ads on fiverr which gigs claim they can do it for you on a same day turnaround. Maybe you should look into that if you are trying to do something fast, but if you have the patients to go through tuts and instructional videos, go for it.
     
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    Here's the process:

    PSD > HTML > Wordpress

    But you can also just convert PSD to Wordpress.

    Converting an HTML to Wordpress is not really that hard if you already know basic HTML, CSS, PHP.

    The hard part is really adding customized theme options of the wordpress theme.

    Here's a basic guide on how it is done:
    http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/wordpress/how-to-create-a-wordpress-theme-from-scratch/

    But you still have to learn from wordpress docs to further improve designing a wp theme.
     
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  11. robertodelgato

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    Fiverr*com, dude. There are a ton of 3rd world coders ready to do that for you. I've had a couple of them done when I had the PSD and they cut it up and put it into a WP theme.

    I mean, it's not going to have 250 color choices, 25 page templates, and a custom control panel - but hey, it's $5! :D
     
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    Yeah, all I need is a feed for videos and some basic clickable options.
    I'm sure they can put that together.
     
  13. istart

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    If you can do html and CSS then it should be no problem to convert the twenty ten or twenty eleven theme to whatever you need. Start with that and add your customizations
     
  14. Huy Phan

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    I think you can't get it done for much less than $100.
    As someone said, try posting a job gig on oDesk or somewhere, and see what's the response regarding the price.
     
  15. thedj

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    The workflow most WP makers practice is PSD -> HTML file -> WP theme.
    The hardest part is to code a html file, and eventually creating a Control Panel for WP Theme (but, that's optional for now).

    I suggest you browse through a WP theme repository, see what's offered there, and maybe create something similar, and submit there. It will be a great exercise for you, and you'll get feedback from WP professionals.
     
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    If you have the html/css done I do conversions to wordpress themes for $50 or less.
     
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    What's your price for PSD -> Wordpress
     
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    Just follow the codes in Twenty Ten or Twenty Eleven themes and also download free wp-themes and follow those, also don't forget to get help from Wordpress Codex. You shall reach to your success. I also learned like that. It worked with me. Must be a registered member to Wordpress Forum and Stack Overflow