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WordPress Theme Design

I’ve been finding myself around WordPress these past days.  Either it’s for a personal blog, a company blog or some other blog I’m working or playing with, it’s all WordPress.  Trust me!

While I’m loving those WordPress themes, I’ve always thought how I could make my own.  Not that I’m artisque or, as they say, “left-brain gifted”… I’m just curious. 

Received this Google alert today about the release of “WordPress Theme Design” by Tessa Blakeley Silver from PAKT Publishing.  Sold for US$35.99 right here.

Allow me to quote a brief book description below:

This title will take you through the ins and outs of creating sophisticated professional themes for the WordPress personal publishing platform. It will walk you through clear, step-by-step instructions to build a custom WordPress theme. From development tools and setting up your WordPress sandbox, through design tips and suggestions, to setting up your theme’s template structure, coding markup, testing and debugging, to taking it live it reviews the best practices. The last three chapters are dedicated to additional tips, tricks and various cookbook recipes for adding popular site enhancements to your WordPress theme designs using third-party plugins.

Whether you’re working with a pre-existing theme or creating a new one from the ground up, WordPress Theme Design will give you the know-how to understand how themes work within the WordPress blog system, enabling you to take full control over your site’s design and branding.

Check this book out, it might be worth something, specially if you’re just about to make that jump with me and actually do your first theme! 

Oh, and by the way, this book is also designed to help you understand the current theme you’re stuck with!  Unravel the mystery of your current theme!

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  1. marco says: 6/19/2008

    I’m also considering using a specialized copywriting software called Glyphius. Has anyone had any experience with this? It is supposed to use statistical analysis to optimize the wording of your advertising copy. I’d be interested in hearing any feedback, good or bad. Thanks


  2. Ruel Jamarie says: 6/19/2008

    I think the revolution WP theme is a much better and organized design. It’s a magazine style template which many template designers say is the direction most designs are heading. I’d like to point out though that it’s really not something for everyone.

    It costs about double of Tessa’s too. It’s on my wishlist… :D


  3. Danny Foo says: 6/19/2008

    Actually, if you look online hard enough you’ll find someone has already created a theme quite similar to Revolution Magazine and it’s absolutely free. :)


  4. Sulcalibur says: 8/2/2008

    I actually bought this book and I highly recommend it. The whole book IS aimed at a particular style of design but it is informative and does help you get started.


  5. mikeyaozm says: 9/20/2009

    for a personal blog, a company blog or some other blog I’m working or playing with, it’s all WordPress. Trust me!