WordPress Theme Design

ISBN-10: 1847193099
ISBN-13: 9781847193094
Edition: 2008
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Description: This book walks through clear, step-by-step instructions to build a custom theme for the WordPress open-source blog engine. The author provides design tips and suggestions and covers setting up your WordPress sandbox, and reviews the best practices  More...

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Book details

List price: $39.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Packt Publishing, Limited
Publication date: 5/30/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

This book walks through clear, step-by-step instructions to build a custom theme for the WordPress open-source blog engine. The author provides design tips and suggestions and covers setting up your WordPress sandbox, and reviews the best practices from setting up your theme's template structure, through coding markup, testing, and debugging, to taking it live. The last three chapters cover additional tips, tricks, and various cookbook recipes for adding popular site enhancements to your WordPress theme designs using 3rd-party plugins as well as creating API hooks to add your own custom plugins. Whether you're working with a pre-existing theme or creating a new one from the ground up, WordPress Theme Design will give you the know-how to effectively understand how themes work within the WordPress blog system enabling you to have full control over your site's design and branding.

introduces you to the WordPress blog system and lets you know what you need to be aware of regarding the WordPress theme project you're ready to embark on
The Chapter also covers the development tools that are recommended and web skills that you'll need to begin developing a WordPress theme.
looks at the essential elements you need to consider when planning your WordPress theme design
It discusses the best tools and processes for making your theme design a reality
The author explains her own 'Rapid Design Comping' technique and gives some tips and tricks for developing color schemes and graphic styles for your WordPress theme
By the end of the chapter, you'll have a working XHTML and CSS based 'comp' or mockup of your theme design, ready to be coded up and assembled into a fully functional WordPress theme.
uses the final XHTML and CSS mockup from Chapter 2 and shows you how to add WordPress PHP template tag code to it and break it down into the template pages a theme requires
Along the way, this Chapter covers the essentials of what makes a WordPress theme work
At the end of the chapter, you'll have a basic, working WordPress theme.
discusses the basic techniques of debugging and validation that you should employ throughout your theme's development
It covers the W3C's XHTML and CSS validation services and how to use the FireFox browser and some of its extensions as a development tool, not just another browser
This Chapter also covers troubleshooting some of the most common reasons 'good code goes bad', especially in IE, and best practices for fixing those problems, giving you a great-looking theme across all browsers and platforms.
discuss how to properly set up your WordPress theme's CSS style sheet so that it loads into WordPress installations correctly
It also discuss compressing your theme files into the ZIP file format and running some test installations of your theme package in WordPress's administration panel so you can share your WordPress theme with the world.
covers key information under easy-to-look-up headers that will help you with your WordPress theme development, from the two CSS class styles that WordPress itself outputs, to WordPress's PHP template tag code, to a breakdown of �The Loop� along with WordPress functions and features you can take advantage of in your theme development
Information in this Chapter is listed along with key links to bookmark to make your theme development as easy as possible.
dives into taking your working, debugged, validated, and properly packaged WordPress theme from the earlier chapters, and enhancing it with dynamic menus using the SuckerFish CSS-based method and Adobe Flash media.
continues showing you how to enhance your WordPress theme by looking at the most popular methods for leveraging AJAX techniques in WordPress using plugins and widgets
It also gives you a complete background on AJAX and when it's best to use those techniques or skip them
The Chapter also reviews some cool JavaScript toolkits, libraries, and scripts you can use to simply make your WordPress theme appear 'Ajaxy'.
reviews the main tips from the previous chapters and covers some key tips for easily implementing today's coolest CSS tricks into your theme as well as a few final SEO tips that you'll probably run into once you really start putting content into your WordPress site.

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