WordPress Theme Development in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2017-12-19
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing
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Use WordPress themes to customize all your WordPress sites and blogs, painlessly! Now, there's an easy, step-by-step WordPress theming tutorial for every web designer, developer, and content specialist -- including WordPress beginners! Internationally-recognized WordPress experts Tris Hussey and Catherine Winters introduce every essential WordPress theming skill, including skills that rely on HTML, PHP, and CSS (and can be used with any CMS, including Drupal, Joomla, and Blogger). In just 24 lessons of one hour or less, they help readers apply WordPress themes to take total control over the look, feel, and behavior of any site or blog. Each lesson builds on all that's come before, teaching simple to state-of-the-art skills, and integrating them in three complete theming case studies: magazines, portfolios, and mobile environments. You'll review WordPress basics and set up your efficient theme development environment; work with custom headers and backgrounds, CSS, and style sheets; customize headers and footers; create and edit page templates, and much more. Hussey and Winters show how to supercharge your themes with plug-ins and widgets; use child themes; update older existing themes; leverage advanced CSS techniques, custom taxonomies, and custom post types; preview emerging trends in theme design; and share themes with WordPress users around the world. Step-by-step instructions walk you through the most common questions, issues, and tasks... Quizzes and Exercises build and test your knowledge... "Did You Know?" tips offer insider advice you can't find anywhere else... and "Watch Out!" alerts help you avoid problems. By the time you're done, you'll be ready to build custom WordPress themes for any site or blog, no matter how large or complex!

Table of Contents

Hour 1: Understanding the Basics of WordPress
Hour 2: Setting Up Your Development Environment
Hour 3: Which Functions to Include in Your WordPress Theme
Hour 4: Working With Custom Header Images
Hour 5: Working With Custom Background Images
Hour 6: Learning the Basics of Cascading Style Sheets
Hour 7: Editing Style Sheets on WordPress.Com
Hour 8: Customizing Your Theme's Header
Hour 9: Customizing Your Theme's Footer
Hour 10: Understanding and Working with the Loop
Hour 11: Creating and Editing Page Templates
Hour 12: Using Typography the Right Way
Hour 13: Choosing Plugins to Enhance Your Theme
Hour 14: Creating More Widget Areas in Your Theme
Hour 15: Creating and Working With Child Themes (2010-2011)
Hour 16: Working With Theme Frameworks
Hour 17: Bringing Old Themes Up-to-Date
Hour 18: Using Advanced CSS Techniques in Your Theme
Hour 19: Creating Custom Taxonomies to Manage Your Content
Hour 20: Creating Custom Post Types to Enhance Your Content
Hour 21: Making a Magazine Theme
Hour 22: Making a Portfolio Theme
Hour 23: Creating a Mobile Ready Theme
Hour 24: Offering Your Theme to Others
Appendix A: Past, Present, and Future Theme Design Trends
Appendix B: Finding and Installing Themes
Appendix C: Working With Widgets in Your Theme
Appendix D: Working With Menus


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