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.