WordPress Theme Tutorial

Source: How To Easily Create A Custom WordPress Theme

So I found a nice tutorial on how to create WordPress themes, and have been playing with it all day.  Because my knowledge of PHP is limited, it is proving to be much more of a struggle than I thought it would be.  Getting there though.

I also wanted to learn how to create themes for other CMS’s, but hey!  Baby steps.  I figure, let’s master WordPress, so I can then move to other ones.  My main website, joebaumgartner.com/ uses a very simple CMS that I was able to find, called CMSMS.  CMSMS stands for Content Management System Made Simple, and can be downloaded from here.  I like it because all I need to do, is make the page in static HTML, and place a navigation and content block into the theme file, and that is it!  It is done.  It is currently hosting my portfolio.

What I like about WordPress it the functionality that you can get out of it through the use of Third Party Widgets.  I know that my World of Warcraft guild used to use a WordPress back-end for it’s website (now on Joomla), and we were able to have people register, host forums, and use some free progression and recruitment widgets that are available.

Anyway, thought I would share what I found.  I am going to get back to testing out making my own themes.

Have a good one everybody!

Joe

WordPress themes

So I am a freelance web designer.

I love coding and have extensive knowledge of HTML and CSS. However, I am new to the whole “designing for WordPress” thing. Right now at the time of posting, this blog is just using the default WordPress theme that is current (Twenty Sixteen).  However I want more customization. WordPress has a lot of themes available, but I do not know how to truly customize them from scratch.

According to w3techs:

“WordPress is used by 58.8% of all the websites whose content management system we know. This is 25.4% of all websites.”

Using the lovely device that is google I have looked up a variety of guides on how to do this but they do not seem to give me what I want.

The first one I found was from Siteground, which is a web hosting service that offers some WordPress tutorials.  While this is a great basic example of how you can make a theme, it does not do things such as… teach you how to make the sidebar support widgets.  Or how to include a navigation bar.  I will continue to keep looking for more, but I have a lot of work ahead of me.