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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