How to Create a WordPress Theme from Scratch… the Simple Way
By: Renee Patterson
What You Need to Create a WordPress Theme of Your Own
You don’t need any major or expensive tools for this web development task. There’s no PHP or even prior WordPress experience necessary. All you need is a website to get started customizing your own theme.
One technical skills you will need to have is the ability to set up a local server environment. It only takes a matter of minutes. So, get it done before you get started.
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Once your local server environment has been set up, you need to focus on two main goals as you create a WordPress theme from scratch:
Step by Step Instructions to Create a WordPress Theme
There are two main folders you’ll need to pay attention to when building your own WordPress theme:
Now, your new custom-created theme exists, but because there are no bells and whistles, it’s just a static site. In other words, what you see is all you get for now.
You’ll notice that blog.css is not actually loading as you continue to create a WordPress theme from scratch. Why?
Basically, blog.css is trying to load from a folder that doesn’t exist. The easiest way to remedy this is as follows:
The Benefits of Using WordPress as a CMS
Originally, WordPress was created to act as a simple-to-use blogging platform. Now, it’s more known as a Content Management System (CMS). Even now, it’s still open source, meaning it’s free to use. This makes it economically smart to utilize it as a tool for creating custom themes from the ground up for websites and blogs.
The main difference between a blog and a website is:
How WordPress Helps Web Developers
So, how can you benefit from WordPress as professional web designer or web developer? Let’s say you’re creating a website for a client who plans to maintain the site on her/his own when you’re done. This person is paying you because either she/he doesn’t know how to work with code or simply doesn’t have the time.
Either way, you’re getting paid to make sure your client doesn’t have to. If you create a WordPress theme from scratch, instead of writing code from scratch, the site will be fully-functional and customized, yet maintainable by your client.