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    My client’s web design just came back from the graphic designers. My job is to implement the design in WordPress. My first shot was to make a custom child of the TwentyTwelve theme. I am wondering if that was a good decision.

    For this design, would it be better to start with a different parent theme? Or should I make a new theme that is not the child of any theme?

    I want to make sure I am starting with the right foundation.

    I also wonder if there are issues with the design that need to be addressed. For all I know, the design is invalid from a website best practices perspective. It is not too late for me to go back to the designers with issues to fix.

    Any thoughts or assistance would be extremely much appreciated.

    Thank you.

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  • I’d recommend that you make a new theme (ie not a child theme).

    Thank you esmi. Is there anything about the design that is in conflict with best practices, especially with regard to mobile?

    To be honest, I think that design is going to be difficult to turn into a responsive theme – which is what you might need for mobile devices. The white on yellow lettering is also bad for best practice accessible design.

    I’ll let you know what the designer’s response is.

    I thought responsive design is supposed to be “the answer” to mobile, but you indicated that ‘might” be the case. My perception is this business needs to reach people globally, frequently through phones and tablets.

    Your expertise really helps, thank you.

    The designer stepped me through how this design can be implemented as a responsive design. I can see this is going to be really hard.

    I am starting with the html/css, not even plugged into WordPress. I am sure I will be back with questions on how to integrate this particular html/css into WP.

    When I think I am getting somewhere, I will post some results to make sure I keep this on track for WordPress.

    Thank you again for your expertise and assistance finding the right direction on this.

    You could also try to use theme frameworks. These ‘starting themes’ have some of the important functionalities of WordPress already implemented.
    An example, besides the ones given above, is _s where you can download a theme framework by Automattic.

    Another good link.


    Thank you for putting up those resources. I will be posting how this unfolds, and I bet I will end up selecting a theme framework before all is said and done.

    esmi wrote:

    To be honest, I think that design is going to be difficult to turn into a responsive theme – which is what you might need for mobile devices.

    The conversation with the designer was fascinating. I have been working my butt off since then, taking his direction on how to implement this as a responsive design theme in WordPress. He stated the process is to build the pages outside WordPress, then take it apart, and put it into WordPress.

    I have some half baked starts on an inside page and the home page

    I hope it is not off topic to put these page fragments here, when they are not in WordPress yet.

    I have a page template installed in a new WP theme at this link. If you click on the different pages in the menu, you can see the template coming up for all the pages. The next step is to connect the content fields in the WordPress database to the spots where the content goes on the pages. I am thinking there must be a simple way of getting the page information from the database.

    Another thing I have to work out is the correct way of referencing css and image files. Right now, I have the paths to those files hard-coded in the template.

    Any comments, suggestions, questions, concerns, etc. would be extremely much appreciated.

    Hi, Is there anything wrong with the way this page is setup, from a best practices perspective? I am guessing it is horrible, but I really can’t tell.

    Always appreciate people’s help and comments, especially for QA. Thanks!

    well, I know I didn’t wp-enqueue, but I figure there are other issues as well, ones I don’t know about.

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