WordPress Theme Design

WordPress Theme Design online course
Course Name

WordPress Theme Design

WordPress is much more than a blogging platform, it is the most popular and widely used CMS (Content Management System) on the internet. This course will take users who already know the basics and show you how to create your own design for your WordPress site.

We will take an existing HTML/CSS web design and break it apart section by section and create our own WordPress theme. We will use a blank theme template with just raw data coming from our WordPress database and create all the necessary template pages to make our WordPress site come alive including navigation, posts, custom home page, and custom fields as well.

There will be lots of fun activites with each lesson so to broaden your view of what a real WordPress site can do, apart from just a blog.

Objectives for this class are:

  • Basic ideas for setting up a basic workflow environment for WordPress theme design.
  • Taking apart an existing HTML/CSS web design into a WordPress theme.
  • Understand the different template PHP tags associated with a theme.
  • Learn basic PHP syntax to modify functionality of a theme.
  • How to design your theme to accomodate mobile visitors.
  • Learn proper testing of your site.
  • Important plugins that every WordPress site should have.
  • Steps to take to secure your site.

Applicable Job Roles: web designer, web developer, web blogger, blog/content manager.

Who Should Attend: This course is for anybody with existing WordPress experience wanting to continue learning about WordPress as a Content Management System (CMS) in creating websites not only blogs. Students will get more involved in working with templates and teaching students how to create a theme from scratch from an existing HTML/CSS static template.

Week 1 - Starting with an HTM/CSS template
  • Theming Overview
  • Templates and hierarchy
  • Template tag review
  • PHP Syntax Overview
  • Review of our HTML/CSS template
  • Review of Browser Debugging Tools (Firebug)
Week 2 - Creating Our Theme
  • Review of various techniques of theme design in WordPress
  • Choosing our starting blank theme
  • Breaking up our HTML from our design
  • BLANK WordPress theme Updates:
    • Updating our style.css
    • Header and footer templates
    • Sidebar template
    • Creating our Menu
    • front-page.php template
    • Creating custom fields
  • Continue to use various template functions with PHP code
Week 3 - Our Theme: Finishing the Theme
  • BLANK WordPress theme Updates:
    • Product and Category custom templates
    • Blog home page templating
    • Defining our Page structure
    • Single and Post templates
    • Adding custom JavaScripts
  • Modular review of Template structure.
Week 4 - Our Theme: Improvements
  • Undertanding Search templates
  • Optimizing with Plugins
  • Styling improvements
  • Pagination options
  • Dynamic sidebars
  • Using Archives
Week 5 -Performance and Security
  • Common website security hacks
  • Top Security Tips
  • Security Plugins
  • Performance issues with WordPress
  • Testing tools
  • Performance caching and minifying files
  • Whats next?
Completion of Intro to WordPress course (b129) or equivalent knowledge and/or experience. Good understanding of HTML and CSS with basic understanding of PHP.
You must have an online web host account that is UNIX based (not Windows server) that supports PHP and a MySQL database.
Course Books
No book is required for this class.
Course Price
  • Member Price: $100 US
  • Non-Member Price: $200.00 US
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Additional Information:
Your place in the course is confirmed by your payment. Introductory courses are intended for students with no experience in the subject matter and are seeking beginner level training.

Refund Policy: Please read our "Terms and Refund Policy" before registering for this course.

Additional Cost: Book and software migh be required for the course. Read the Requirements and Book section for more information. Course fee does not include the book and software cost .

Start Date: Click on the Register Now button to process to the registration page. You will see the start date of the class on that page.

How eClasses Work:Instructors post lectures, reading selections, and hands-on assignments once a week in the online classroom. Students can discuss the assignments with the instructor and amongst themselves in the classroom area. This format has no set meeting time, which allows students to attend class at a time most convenient to them, yet still provides logically organized communication between class participants. Students can apply for the completion certificate after finishing the class. Web Study certificate is also available. Click on the Certificates link on the top navigation bar for more information.


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