WordPress 3: Creating and Editing Custom Themes

with Chris Coyier
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WordPress 3: Creating and Editing Custom Themes
Video duration: 0s 4h 28m Intermediate


In WordPress 3: Creating and Editing Custom Themes, author Chris Coyier shows how to build a custom WordPress theme from scratch and satisfy common client requests. The course covers steps necessary to build a theme using a complete workflow with Photoshop, HTML, CSS, and WordPress 3.0. Also included are tutorials on enhancing a WordPress site with JavaScript, using plugins, and ensuring site security. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Building a design in Photoshop
  • Converting Photoshop design to HTML and CSS
  • Setting up MAMP on Mac and WAMP on Windows
  • Moving HTML and CSS into a WordPress theme
  • Building navigation
  • Using custom fields
  • Creating a commenting system
  • Using JavaScript and plugins
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- Hello and welcome to WordPress: Creating and Editing Custom Themes. I'm Chris Coyier. In this course we're going to step through the entire process of conceptualizing, designing and coding a complete WordPress theme according to the specific needs of a client. We're going to start with a blank slate and go through the entire workflow beginning with creating a design in Photoshop. Next we'll create a webpage template based on that design using HTML and CSS.

Then we'll move onto WordPress. We'll go in-depth into the process of creating a new theme from scratch focusing on the details of how themes work. Finally, we'll finish up by looking at how to extend the theme using JavaScript and plugins. You'll get the most out of this course if you already have a basic knowledge of HTML and CSS. I've been using WordPress as my go-to tool for creating websites for years. Building sites from scratch is a very rewarding experience and it's even better when you can create a custom design, tailor-made for the needs of a client.

I'm very much looking forward to this journey. Let's get started with WordPress: Creating and Editing Custom Themes.

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