Trying to jump into WP with both feet, with reasonable HTML knowledge and limited CSS, and finding it... difficult.
One of the major problems I've encountered is that I started, quite naturally, by trying to modify the "default" theme for WordPress, Kubrick. I was assuming it to be the best one for learners to start with.
Browsing these forums, though, I can see lots of references to Kubrick as odd, or badly coded, or awkward.
Just as a f'rinstance, I spent hours trying to figure out where the theme "calls" the kubrickbg.jpg image. I'm still trying to figure it out -- I can't find that string in style.css, or any of the other theme files. Where is it GETTING it from? It's maddening. I wound up replacing the Kubrick image files with single white pixels just to get rid of those &^%$ lines on the side of the screen.
*Edit: I have since found the kubrickbg references in the "header.php" file, but oddly enough they don't turn up in Windows searches. Weird. *
I can't say this is BETTER than any other theme out there -- I've started, as I said, by trying with Kubrick -- but there HAVE to be better-coded, clearer themes that I could have started with, but none were presented as options in the early tutorials.
I've invested a couple of days into messing with Kubrick, and the thought that my life will be much easier if I abandon it and try to build off another theme is... well, it's frustrating.
Has anyone considered structuring lessons around a template built expressly for teaching? Some sort of a theme for people interested in learning WordPress instead of haphazardly reading up on things and then trying to reverse-engineer Kubrick or other complex themes to figure out how these lessons apply?