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Developing a theme (4 posts)

  1. MindstateNL
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi everyone,

    I'm asked to develop a site for a company of a relative of mine, and I decided to take up the challenge. I have experience working in WordPress, and also doing some adjustments to themes and such, but I have never created a theme from scratch.
    I have done some research, and I think I got several options, but I don't know what to choose, what would suit me best?

    - Make up a theme totally from scratch with the help of some internet tutorials
    - Make use of frameworks such as 'Thematic' and modify these to my likings
    - I have a subscription at Lynda.com, where they did a tutorial on 'Wordpress 3 and Dreamweaver CS5', I looked at it and they modify the basic theme to their likings with help of Dreamweaver.

    Could anyone give me pointers to this?

    Regards,

    Niels

  2. Chip Bennett
    Theme Review Admin
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I would suggest starting with a known-good Theme, and then either creating a Child Theme to modify it, or (if you are daring, and want to maintain the Theme going forward) create a Derivative Theme.

    - Make up a theme totally from scratch with the help of some internet tutorials

    This is a good option if you know what you're doing, and know your way around the WordPress template system, functions, template tags, etc.

    - Make use of frameworks such as 'Thematic' and modify these to my likings

    This is probably overkill, if you're merely making a one-off Theme.

    - I have a subscription at Lynda.com, where they did a tutorial on 'Wordpress 3 and Dreamweaver CS5', I looked at it and they modify the basic theme to their likings with help of Dreamweaver.

    I wouldn't trust anyone who claims to be knowledgeable about WordPress development, yet refers to the non-existent "WordPress 3" (there is no such version of WordPress, which uses WordPress X.Y versioning).

  3. MindstateNL
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thanks for your response!

    So your say would be that my best bet is to modify for example the Twentyten theme?

    How about issues with putting this project into my portfolio etc.?

  4. Chip Bennett
    Theme Review Admin
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Your best bet is probably to create a TwentyTen Child Theme.

    As for putting this project in your portfolio: what issues do you think you might encounter with doing so?

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