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Theme Development

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    Writing Documentation for Your WordPress Theme FrameworkBuild your own theme framework preview image
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    Even if you're the only person who'll be using your theme framework, creating some form of documentation will make your life much easier in the long run. Here are some tips for creating docs that work for you and your users.Read More…
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    Releasing your WordPress Theme FrameworkBuild your own theme framework preview image
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    If you decide to release your theme framework for others to use, there will be considerations you'll have to take into account. Follow this guide to release your code successfully.Read More…
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    More Essential Plugins for WordPress Theme DevelopmentWp plug
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    In the previous part of the series, we did set up a development environment for WordPress and installed all the necessary plugins required to help us with our theme development efforts. Additionally, we edited wp-config.php enabling the debug mode in the WordPress core. With that done, it's important we have the right tools to aid us when working on our project, check for errors and see to it that we are conforming to WordPress coding standards. In this part, will take a look at the following debugging plugins and the significant role they have in WordPress theme development.Read More…
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    Developer Plugin: Essential for WordPress Theme DevelopmentWp plug
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    Setting up a good WordPress development environment will go a long way to assist you when coding either a new WordPress theme or plugin. In this first part of the series, we will set up an environment that will aid us in having the a solid experience when building themes. In subsequent parts of the series, we will review the recommended plugins and significant role each plays. Read More…
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    Developing Plugins for Your WordPress Theme FrameworkBuild your own theme framework preview image
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    By creating your own theme framework, you've created the foundation of a WordPress eco-system that you can develop using not only child themes but plugins, as well. Discover how to get more from your framework by developing plugins for it.Read More…
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    Creating Child Themes for Your WordPress Theme FrameworkBuild your own theme framework preview image
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    Sites built using your theme framework will each need to run on a child theme. Here are some approaches to child theming that can make your development more efficient.Read More…
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    Things You Should Separate From Your ThemeDesign plus functionality wordpress preview
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    To me, extensibility is the best feature of WordPress, and helps make it the most popular content management system in the world. But when you take it the wrong way, you could accidentally make a WordPress user's life unnecessarily difficult. Read More…
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    Adding Filter Hooks to Your WordPress Theme FrameworkBuild your own theme framework preview image
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    Adding filters to your theme framework means that you (or others using your framework) can amend or override code or content at a later date. Here's how to do it.Read More…
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    The Curious Case of Specialty ThemesSpecialty themes thumb
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    Sometimes, a theme and a bunch of plugins won't work for our project. Sometimes, we need a complete system with a decent design and solid functionality. In those situations, that's exactly when specialty themes come into play.Read More…
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    RWD: Not Just About Design - WordPress Can HelpRwd
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    As web developers, almost every client we work with expects their site to have a mobile version of his or her website. And with the increasing number of variations of screen sizes and resolutions, it will be impossible or at least impractical to come up with a website for every device and screen resolution that exists. In the first part of this series, we will start on a basic level by first defining what responsive web design is, why it is important, and some brief considerations one has to make when brainstorming a responsive WordPress website.Read More…
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    Adding Functions to Your WordPress Theme FrameworkBuild your own theme framework preview image
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    In the last part of this series, you added some action hooks to your theme framework. In this tutorial you'll write some functions which you activate via those hooks. In this tutorial I'll show you how to add widget areas to three of those and a custom function to the last one.Read More…
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    Adding Action Hooks to Your WordPress Theme FrameworkBuild your own theme framework preview image
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    The advantage of creating action hooks in your framework is that any content you attach to them can easily be overwritten by functions in a child theme or by plugins. This saves you creating duplicate template files in your child themes and gives you more flexibility. In this tutorial you'll add some action hooks to your template files, which you'll then attach functions to in the next tutorial. After that, you'll add some filter hooks.Read More…
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