How to Build a WordPress Theme – Conclusion

How to Build a WordPress Theme – Conclusion

WordPress Theme Building Course!

This article is part of the How to Build a WordPress Theme course. If you’re new to WordPress theme building, be sure to start from the beginning of the course to get a complete picture.

full course
  1. How to Build a WordPress Theme – Preface
  2. How to Build a WordPress Theme Part 1 – Theme Files
  3. How to Build a WordPress Theme Part 2 – HTML, CSS, & PHP
  4. How to Build a WordPress Theme Part 3 – HTML Structure
  5. How to Build a WordPress Theme Part 4 – Conditional Tags
  6. How to Build a WordPress Theme Part 5 – Functionality
  7. How to Build a WordPress Theme Part 6 – Theme Design
  8. How to Build a WordPress Theme – Conclusion

Believe it or not, as I’ve stated many times before, building a WordPress theme is not a difficult task at all. That’s why using Underscores as a guide is perfect for this short course.

All you need to understand is what a WordPress theme is supposed to do, what languages it uses to make it happen, and how to style it.

From there, you’re stuck with the responsibility of growing on your own as a theme developer. Practice makes a better theme developer. Tapping into the hundreds, if not thousands, of available WordPress resources makes an even better theme developer.

You won’t hit the nail on the head on the first try. You’ll have to learn what does and doesn’t work. You’ll have to learn how to avoid common conflicts, like with popular plugins. You’ll start to pick up on best practices while developing your own way of doing things.

None of this can be taught. It all comes from experience.

Hopefully this course was enough to get your started messing around with custom theme building. If so, the coming experiences will guide you the rest of the way.

Tools of the Trade

Not only is it important that you know how to build a theme, but you should also know how to put it to the test.

Since Build WordPress Yourself was created to be the ultimate resource, it only makes sense that those testing tools be available to you right here on the site.

Stop by the WordPress Theme Building Tools page to see an always-growing list of tools recommended for WordPress theme developers.

These tools take you through the exact process that the WordPress team would use if you were trying to submit your theme to the WordPress theme repository for mass distribution.

From coding standards to extreme content situations, the tools page has you covered. Use it.

Gaining More Experience

You might want to build a theme or two for yourself before you start taking on clients or selling them. You simply want to get a few “reps” in.

Once you’re ready, though, be sure to browse through the blog for a host of tutorials on how to do all kinds of cool things with your theme, making your finished product more awesome than the user ever expected.

Integration with popular software and how to build custom theme options are just a couple of the subjects talked about here. Take advantage.

In Conclusion

Most developers and budding developer can relate to the idea that sometimes all it takes is one tool or experience that helps you move from one level to the next project collaboration tools.

For those who have been tinkering with WordPress themes and frameworks for years but don’t have a theme of their own, this is your push in the right direction.

Download your branded copy of Underscores and start your first theme. Just do it.

Happy coding. 🙂

WordPress Theme Building Course!

This article is part of the How to Build a WordPress Theme course. If you’re new to WordPress theme building, be sure to start from the beginning of the course to get a complete picture.

full course
  1. How to Build a WordPress Theme – Preface
  2. How to Build a WordPress Theme Part 1 – Theme Files
  3. How to Build a WordPress Theme Part 2 – HTML, CSS, & PHP
  4. How to Build a WordPress Theme Part 3 – HTML Structure
  5. How to Build a WordPress Theme Part 4 – Conditional Tags
  6. How to Build a WordPress Theme Part 5 – Functionality
  7. How to Build a WordPress Theme Part 6 – Theme Design
  8. How to Build a WordPress Theme – Conclusion
22 Comments:
  1. Hi Sean,

    That was an awesome tutorial, exactly was I was looking for (understanding first – then coding) – totally comprehensive and perfect for WordPress beginners. Thanks a bunch for your effort!

    Cheers,
    Aline

  2. Sean, I enjoyed the tutorial. I built one theme using Bones and have decided to use _s for my next because I have more confidence that future WordPress updates won’t break it as easily.

    What color scheme are you using in those screenshots? Specials Board?

    • Glad to hear you found it useful! Yes, I use Specials Board. That was on Coda 2. There are a few subtle changes in Coda 2.5 but pretty much the same.

  3. Absolutely amazing tutorials, I cannot thank you enough for the amount of understanding you’ve brought to me!

    I gave up on developing themes a couple times in the past because of how confusing it was at a glance, but you couldn’t have done a better job of clearing all of it up.

    Thank you!

    • Thank you for the feedback, Shane! I really appreciate it.

      When I went to build my first theme, I honestly couldn’t believe that the only guide out there that I could find was outdated. I used it to learn what I could and bounced that off of what I could comprehend in _s. I decided to create the guide I needed back then and that’s how this simple course was born. I’m glad it worked for you.

      Happy theming!

  4. Hi! Thanks for writing this wonderful tutorial! So glad you emphasized the “why’s” vs. the “how’s.” I hope to encourage you to continue keeping up this site. I’ll definitely be back for more info!

    • No problem, Jessica! Thanks for the feedback and encouragement. I don’t plan on dropping it but I do plan to make more content. Thanks for the kick!

  5. Don’t know when you post this course but got to say it’s Amazing. Hope you’ll make one building a theme for real (even if its a really simple one). Keep on, man, and thanks.

    • Thanks for the feedback! The course is a couple of years old now but the concepts are the same today. I may create another course soon. I have a different course planned at the moment but I’ll most like show how to build a real theme for mass distribution.

  6. You just gave me the ‘ginger’ i need to finally call myself a web designer, what I have been looking for all over the net, is right here. Thanks so much. I still think I would return in case I forget some things haha. Thanks again, let’s see how it goes

  7. Finished all 5 videos. Thank you very much. It would be great if you can going further like showing us how to style the menu, etc.

  8. Twenty years ago I had a hobby making webpages. Tried to interest my Company for an internal website but they cod not see any use for it. I am now 72 years old and realy apreciate Your information which is the best I have seen. It makes me interested again to take it up again. Thanks a lot for this.
    Greetings from Sweden

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