I Should Design A WordPress Theme

With all the WordPress themes I seem to be modding lately, it occured to me that I should start designing my own theme. I mean, when you’ve been twaddling around WordPress for so long that you should be able to design custom themes from scratch. Unfortunately as my head would have it, I haven’t the foggiest clue how to. Why? Because I still haven’t the foggiest clue where everything goes.

Oh don’t get me wrong, when it comes to modding CSS and having an idea where the plugin codes in WordPress goes, I have those general ideas and rest assured I won’t plague myself with rookie mistakes…much. But to design a WordPress theme completely from scratch, that’s a pretty big leap from my current skills itself. I mean…come on…until less than a year ago, you’re talking to a guy with barely enough CSS and XHTML skills to design his own site. Now throw in some good ol fashioned PHP to the mix and you expect me to design my own theme? Gee…why not?

Well, I’m not entirely clueless on this, the best I can do and have done is take a perfectly good workable theme with a killer application and mod it into something else entirely (let the records show that this blog is Exhibit A). I mean…if I find a good theme in the first place and strip it, I wouldn’t have to bother about the WordPress loops nor or much PHP dabbling like some God forsaken witch doctor.

And it’s not like WordPress is the most ambigious unsupported application available. I mean come on, we’re open source in the first place. We’ve got the Forums, the Codex, the channel and the multitude of WordPress dedicated elites like Lorelle who has in fact put up some pointers on designing WordPress themes from scratch.

Technically…with all that about, I should be in the clear. On the other hand, technically I should also be a applied medical biotech undergraduate who’s finishing his last semester which includes the backlog of assignments and exams along the way. Skill and knowledge learnt in building a theme isn’t without the time I would have spent to do something like this which could be better spent finishing my assignments and studying for my exams.

Yeah I should design my own WordPress theme…then again I’ve got too many valid excuses (laziness included) not to start now. It’s just sad as well. I think I would have made a good WordPress theme…but I guess we’d have to wait a while before we can see the fruits of that labour.

6 thoughts on “I Should Design A WordPress Theme

  1. if you ever get around to it, you can use ME as a guinea pig. My site looks kinda boring, eventhough it has all the colours i want.

  2. Let’s see, the choice is between playing and working, right? You know, you can always focus on the work now, and save the playing for later, or book it into your schedule – time for work, time for play. 😉

    A lot of people freak over designing a theme, but it really is not that complicated, if you do not try to make it be a “do everything” theme. Keep to clean and simple layouts and graphics and you can do wonders.

    But that’s not the question. The question is whether or not you can “afford” to piddle around. I say, go for it, but be wary of obsessions which can put you in the poor house. Make time for fun but not at the expense of the rest of your life.

    Good luck with whichever you choose.

    And trust me, messing with WordPress is just too much damn fun.

  3. Work hard, play harder. Yeah…that’s a good answer. As it already is…Wordpress is already messing with my life. They should put a warning when it comes to WordPress. “May cause addiction and loss of sleep”.

    Your blog already helped a lot in giving people the right direction to begin with anyway, thanks. Clean and simple graphics eh? Well…we all got to begin somewhere right?

  4. I’ve always planned on making my own theme. Impersonally borrowing other people’s shits wasn’t what I hoped for when I switched, hesitantly, to WP.

  5. The slick thing with WordPress is that you can do whatever you want. I totally revamped my own website design when I switched to WordPress and there isn’t a Theme around that matches it.

    I’m not done yet, as there are new plugins I want to add and some I need to turn off to clean up the clutter that comes with trying new toys, but that’s the fun of it. It is a living design that I can change as things evolve and I change.

    I looked long and hard at a lot of CMS programs and their web designs at the time were incredibly limiting and their interfaces were a nightmare of navigation. WordPress still doesn’t do EVERYTHING I want it to do, but it does more than I need for what I ask it to do. It’s only going to get better.

    And there are now over 400 Themes to choose from for WordPress. Sure, some are variations on a theme, and too many are based on the problematic Default or Kubrick Theme, but if you know a little about HTML and CSS, you can create anything you want.

    But you’re right, Kamigoroshi, WordPress is addictive.

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