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learning wordpress theme design

Discussion in 'Web Design' started by kal2411, Aug 3, 2012.

  1. kal2411

    kal2411 Newbie

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    can anyone reccomend a place where i can learn wordpress theme development. i can code in html and css, and i have even created the standard word press designs such as a one sidebar and content theme, however these are simple themes and i would like to learn to create ones like you see on elegant themes, any advice would be appreciated.

    thanks
     
  2. nastase

    nastase Newbie

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    one good way is to use the official tutorials
    but the best way is to look for videos on youtube
     
  3. kal2411

    kal2411 Newbie

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    ive checked, most of the youtube ones are simple themes.
     
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    kralcx Junior Member

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    weruncompanies Power Member

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    You and I are in the same boat, I can code some html/css, but can't for the life of me figure out Wordpress development. I can edit sections in the theme editor but can't make a site from scratch. Always end up outsourcing the code, spending $200-$600 site but it's actually worth it when you consider it. I get people who love to do code; they make sure everything coded correctly for me and save me a ton of time with learning and the coding process. But I've watched maybe 20-30 Wordpress videos on doing this, maybe 20 tutorials, but the problem is only teaches you how to code their templates. There's really no way I can take my PSD design and plug-in what I've learned if everything is moved/changed entirely. I've heard of the Divine project, which lets you code easier but I've tried it and wasn't really a fan..
     
  6. kal2411

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    thanks for the replies, gonna check rocakble one out now
     
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    Ahhh yes! I'd like to move onto Wordpress and stop using Joomla. + YouTube doesn't always help.
     
  8. OutlawDistribution

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    WP codex has almost anything you need to create/modify a theme/plugin, the best software manual I've ever seen.

    Just try to code a simple theme from scratch, and when you get the gist of everything, start reading more advanced techniques, and so on.
     
  9. Zak_A

    Zak_A Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    +1 for the wordpress codex (and lots of experience).

    Start by creating a simple theme (you already did) and gradually go for more advanced features, referring to the WP codex for each new function or hook you need to implement.

    Mastering the Wordpress API is not an overnight process, but within a few weeks of practice, you'll become a real wordpress dev ;)
     
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    You can try videos from lynda.com

    They have some wordpress video tutorials.

    Thanks
     
  11. thedj

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    There's not really one place you can learn that. Just browse some tutorials, when you have doubts, check WP's codex pages, and eventually, you pick stuff along the way.

    If you need help, ask here or on WP forums, and that's really it :)
     
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    queenmery Power Member

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    Try to practice more and more after doing this you will be able to do what you are trying to do.