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Tutorials For Creating WordPress Themes

These tutorials will teach you to develop your own wordpress theme. It’s very helpful to know how to do it because you’ll ease your work and save your time.

Another thing that is very important when creating wordpress themes is that you also can earn money from it !

1. How to Build a Basic Portfolio WordPress Theme

This nice built tutorial will teach how to build your own portfolio theme. Because this tutorial is using WordPress as a simple CMS, they won’t use default items like archive.php or comments.php .

2. How to Create a WordPress Theme from Scratch

This tutorial will look at taking a HTML/CSS template and turning it into a functioning WordPress theme. There is so much you can do when creating your own theme we couldn’t nearly cover it all. So, we’re going to look at how themes are structured, creation of the core files and splitting up that index.html file.

3. Designing for WordPress

It is a three-part series which covers downloading and installing WordPress on a server all the way to a completed theme.

4. How to Code a WordPress 3.0 Theme from Scratch

With the release of WordPress 3.0 came the implementation of many new features to the popular content management system. In this tutorial we are going to show you exactly how to code a WordPress 3.0 theme from the ground up to take advantage of all of these new features, as well as create a blogging-ready, minimal theme.

5. So you want to create WordPress themes huh?

Tutorials on this topic have been written before and the WordPress website also has guides for you to follow. But are those tutorials and guides really helpful to you when you don’t understand the lingo? Even I got lost while reading the WordPress guides.

6. How To Create WordPress Themes From Scratch

I’m going to show you how to create a wordpress theme from scratch in these 3 parts of tutorial series. I will cover from Structuring, designing in Photoshop, slicing, coding into fully css based html, and finally wordpress implementation.

7. How to : Make a control panel for your wordpress theme

Mimbo is one of the most used magazine theme for wordpress, it’s a great theme ! The only weakness is the way you change its options … Manually in the code …
It’s why i decided to create my own custom mimbo theme which includes a control panel. In this post I’m going to show you how you can create a control panel for your theme (in this example I will use mimbo).

8. How-To: Create a WordPress Theme in 5 minutes

Hi, how many of you have felt the need to create a new wordpress template/theme and felt that the structure is too intimidating? We had the same feeling too until we realised how easy it is to create a wordpress template. (I also presented this at the BlogCamp 2006, Chennai). You could also check out 100+ Best WordPress Premium themes and top 90 free wordpress themes.

9. Build a Newspaper Theme With WP_Query and the 960 CSS Framework

WP_Query is a powerful tool to control what comes out of your loop. Today I’m going to teach you all how to use it to make a 3 columned newspaper theme that has all your main blog posts in the main column, and off to the side a set of posts with a certain category. We’ll be using the 960 CSS framework for the basic layout and reset of our theme, it will chop a lot of work off what’s needed!

10. Multiple WordPress Page Layouts in One Single Template

Our client wants a medium-sized site he can edit using WordPress as a CMS. Some sections in the navigation will have subpages, while some will not. We’re going to need a conditional that checks for subpages, and if they exist, uses a two-column layout…


11. Build a Basic Newspaper style layout with WordPress and jQuery

Grid/Newspaper/Magazine templates are becoming more and more predominant in the wordpress skin and theme community. They look classy, but it can be daunting knowing where to start. In this tutorial we use the power of jQuery to create a grid layout with size-degrading headers!

12. How To Create a WordPress Theme: The Ultimate WordPress Theme Tutorial

In only 11 individual lessons this WordPress Theme Tutorial is going to show you how to build a powerful, up-to-date, WordPress Theme from scratch. As we go along I’ll explain what’s happening including (for better or worse) my thinking on certain techniques and why I’m choosing one path over another. Essentially, I’ll be teaching you everything you need to know about WordPress Theme development.

13. Dissection of a WordPress theme

Life as a WordPress blogger has become remarkably easy. If you can hold a mouse and follow instructions then you’re most of the way towards carving out your own niche on the internet. A fresh installation gives you a powerful and attractive system with minimal effort, and with a little luck you can be blogging in under half an hour.

14. Developing a WordPress Theme

WordPress is one of the most successful blogging platform which we too are currently on. From the past few articles we have been giving out a few cool wordpress themes for download. Instead of coming up with some more themes, we decided to write a tutorial on how to develop a wordpress theme which we are sure will help a lot of you to design as you wish and bring them out into wordpress. We are not too advanced wordpress developers but still we are sure the below tutorial will help you successfully develop a wordpress theme. Below you will learn to convert your xHTML CSS site into a Compact WordPress Theme (final output is same as the normal theme but here code is shorter and easier to understand).

15. Premium WordPress Theme Design

Making a premium WordPress theme from scratch is an essential skill for designers to learn and will become increasingly important as WordPress continues to become the web publishing tool of choice. In this two part tutorial will we cover how to make premium WordPress themes happen. Part 1, covered below, shows how the photoshop mock up is created, and in Part 2 we’ll outline how to turn the psd into HTML/CSS and wordpress theme files.

16. How to Create a WordPress Theme

I wrote a little tutorial for WordPress 1.5 on how to integrate wordpress with an existing website. Since then, with the release of WordPress 2.x, working with WordPress has become even easier. This tutorial is an update to my original tutorial and as it appears under a different name, I want to take a moment to clarify who this tutorial is for.

17. 18 Ways to Speed up Your WordPress Theme Development

I develop lots of WordPress themes. In fact, I bet nearly every website I build is on WordPress. And I also end up talking to a lot of people who develop WordPress themes, as well as those who hire people to build WordPress themes for them. There is one constant between those who build WordPress themes and those who pay for themes to be developed: everyone wants it to happen faster.

18. Complete WordPress Theme Guide

Based on a recent poll I’ve conducted, many readers are interested in learning how to build a custom WordPress theme. So, in upcoming posts on Web Designer Wall, I’m going to write a complete WordPress guide on how to install WordPress and customize theme. Below is a table of content of the guide (links will be updated as soon the posts are published):

19. How To Create Your Own Custom WordPress Theme

Follow this overview of the build process to create your own custom WordPress theme. We’ll be taking my latest theme design from its basic HTML and CSS mockup and inserting the various WordPress template tags to build a fully working theme ready to install on your blog.

20. How to Build a Custom WordPress Theme from Scratch

If you’re confident with your CSS and HTML, it’s not hard at all to step up to the challenge of building a custom WordPress theme. This overview shows the process of how my latest custom WordPress theme was built from design concept through to completed theme. See how the static design is split up into the various WordPress theme files, and discover how the simple PHP snippets can add that dynamic functionality of a blog.


Alexandru is the co-owner of TopDesignMag. “If it looks easy, it's hard. If it looks hard, it's impossible. If it looks impossible, it's due tomorrow. At 8 A.M.”