Wordpress Theme Design Book

Worldpress Theme Design Book

Since the last edition of this book, WordPress has evolved considerably. The book guides you through clear, step-by-step instructions to create your own design for the WordPress open source blog engine. WorldPress Theme Design | PACKT Literature Section 1 presents the WordPress blogsystem and tells you what to look out for in relation to the WordPress theme projects you are up for. It also discusses the suggested developer utilities and Web knowledge you will need to begin a WordPress theme with.

Section 2 covers the key items you need to consider when you plan your WordPress theme design. The best instruments and procedures will be discussed to make your theme design a real thing. Using her own Rapid Design Comping techniques, the writer gives some hints and hints on how to develop colour scheme and graphics style for your WordPress theme.

At the end of the section, you will have a working XHTML and CSS-based "comp" or mock-up of your design that is prepared to be encoded and put together into a fully functioning WordPress design. Section 3 uses the definitive XHTML and CSSockup from Section 2 and shows you how to append WordPress PHP tags to it and split it into the templates pages a theme needs.

On the way there, this section deals with the basics of what makes a WordPress theme. By the end of this section, you will have a simple, working WordPress theme. Section 4 deals with the fundamental technologies of de-bugging and validating that you should apply throughout the entire process of developing your topic. The book deals with W3C's XHTML and CSS validating utilities and how to use the FireFox web browser and some of its enhancements as a developer tools and not just another web-browser.

It also discusses debugging some of the most frequent causes of "good coding going bad", especially in IE, and best practice on how to fix these issues, which will give you an appealing design for all browsers as well as plattforms. Section 5 describes how to setup the stylesheet of your WordPress theme so that it is loaded into WordPress installs in the correct way.

We will also cover how to compress your theme packages into the zipped document formats and run some test installs of your theme pack in the WordPress admin area so you can easily distribute your WordPress theme around the globe. Section 6 contains important information under easy-to-understand headings that will help you develop your WordPress theme, from the two classes of style that WordPress itself issues, to the WordPress PHP tags, to a break-down of The Loop along with WordPress capabilities and functionality that you can use in your theme develop.

The information in this section is presented along with important link bookmarks to make developing your topic as simple as possible. Section 7 deals with taking your working, Debugged, Revalidated, and Correctly Packed WordPress theme from previous sections and adding SuckerFish CSS-based and Adobe Flash to it.

Section 8 also shows you how to improve your WordPress theme by looking at the most common ways to use AJAX technologies in WordPress with plug-ins and Widgets. There is also a full wallpaper about AJAX and when it is best to use or skipping these technologies. It also gives an overview of some great JavaScript tools, libs and scripting that allow you to easily display your WordPress theme with the help of your own toolkit.

Section 9 gives an overview of the most important hints from the preceding sections and includes some important hints on how to implement today's most coolest CSS moves into your design, as well as a few last minute suggestions for using advanced search engines (SEO) that you'll probably come across once you really get started integrating your WordPress-site.

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