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Estimated time to create custom theme? (6 posts)

  1. greymann
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I've little experience creating custom themes. A company likes my other design work and wants to hire me freelance to create themes for their clients. I assume once I get going I'll speed up but would like an idea from experienced theme designers how much time on average it takes you to create a basic theme from scratch given only basic guidlines/info from the client. They want it submitted ready to plug into their custom folder (php + images). I'm grateful for any advice, pointers and idea on average time it takes most designers.

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 6 years ago #

    It's completely dependant upon the design, the functionality required and the "fussiness" quotient of the client. Sorry but you're really asking a "how long is a piece of strong?" question.

  3. Rev. Voodoo
    Posted 6 years ago #

    yeah...it's nearly impossible to tell.... I can tell you how long it takes me to do a theme

    I have all the knowledge I need to make themes do what I want.
    It takes me about 8 hours to do the graphic design portion... as in all the art, logos, icons, etc

    It takes me about a week of very loose time coding (probably could do it in a day for coding and a day for tweaking/fixing if I only did that)

    But, that's building a theme that does what I want with the skills/knowledge I have. If I was to need to do anything outside of my comfort zone.... custom queries, etc.... it would take another day at least to google, search, google, read the codex, bug @esmi a couple of times here, etc. Learn the new function and implement it...

    So really, it all depends what you need to learn to accomplish what you are building.

  4. greymann
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Thanks guys. I was thinking a good day's work or more also. He's going to send me the first job that I'll set a small fee for so I can test it before deciding. I don't mind loosing some at first just because I'm trying to break into this kind of work. Thanks for feedback.

  5. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 6 years ago #

    A day is almost certainly too short a time. Think a week at least for a non-child theme.

  6. Unless you have a base theme to use as a starting point I would allow at least a week unless you are 3rd Degree Blackbelt WordPress Ninja, which if you were would only take a few hours or so...

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