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  • Okay, I want to know how to code a wordpress theme of my own. I’m guessing I need to know php and css, right? Does anyone have any suggestions of books that I could study to teach myself the basics of this? I know I don’t necessarily need to “learn it all” to make a theme, as I can cobble it together from defaults… but I want to at least have a basic idea of what it is that these defaults are doing.

    Any suggestions are appreciated, thanks.

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  • http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Development
    Is an obvious starting point, as well possibly searching the forum.
    Once you get a working version, you can then post in the Your WordPress fourm to get some constructive feedback.
    Good Luck.

    Joni

    (@jonimueller)

    You don’t need to know PHP as much as you need a solid background in HTML and CSS. Before releasing your theme to the unsuspecting public, of course, try to test its behavior on as many different platforms and browsers as you can (generally the lastest versions of Mozilla, IE, Firefox, and whatever the Mac Pack uses). Quite a few problems with themes (and I’m as guilty of this as the next person) turn out to be browser related and a stylesheet fix is required to make things right.

    Most folks here will be happy to critique and troubleshoot your in-development theme; all you have to do is ask.

    Meanwhile, have fun creating your theme(s)! (You know once you get going, you won’t be able to stop at just one!) 😉

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