17 Feb 6 Tutorials: How to Create a Custom WordPress Theme
I can write dozens of reasons why I always prefer and recommend using WordPress over any other website development script. Out of those dozens, the best one always floating on top of my mind is that it’s totally free to use. You don’t need to pay anything to use this software,, and also it’s highly customizable. That means you can create and develop your own WordPress website with a completely unique look. Did I forget to tell you that you can run a simple blog to an e-commerce business website using WordPress?
If you’re new to this website development script but eager to learn all the technical gimmicks lying behind its existence,, then here I’m sharing tutorials that will help you learn how to create a custom WordPress theme.
What is WordPress Theme? Why it’s named ‘Custom’?
WordPress itself offers hundreds of themes over its online store at no cost to get you started with the platform and become a little bit familiar with it. If you wish to start with a premium theme from day one, then there are hundreds or maybe thousands of developers available with their portfolio of premium themes.
A theme is a bunch of codes that provide on-page design, look,, and functionalities to the whole website driven over WordPress platform (sorry to define it late). Without using a theme, WordPress can’t help you to develop and run a website,, so it’s an essential part of the family.
Now let us jump towards what’s a custom theme or why it’s named ‘custom’ even. It’s a very thin difference between a normal and a custom theme,, but still, it exists.
Suppose in a case that you checked almost thousands of themes available in both free and premium pricing forms,, but requirements at your end are still not met. This is where you need someone to create a theme from scratch according to your requirements so that you can find a perfect solution. Such a solution is custom,, and because of which this theme will be called a custom theme.
Before You Start Working on Your Theme
Before you start working on a new theme for your website, you should have a safety net to fall into in things turn south. Fortunately, I have the perfect plugin for the job, WP Reset. Keep on reading to find out more about it!
I wanted to introduce you to this plugin because it offers many valuable tools that come in handy when you are making any changes or updates to your website. WP Reset provides you with various tools for restoring and resetting your website when something causes it to malfunction.
When you are making changes to your theme, it’s a good idea to make a backup of your website in case the theme breaks down your website. Luckily, WP Reset has just the feature for that job. The Snapshots option allows you to take a snapshot of your website before doing any major or minor changes to it. In this particular instance, before you start modifying your theme, you should have a version of your website when it still had it’s old theme. If your new theme works amazing, you don’t have to do anything, but if it doesn’t go as planned, you can always go back to when it was working.
Aside from that amazing feature, WP Reset offers many other cleaning tools that you can use to disable or remove any faulty plugins, add or remove core files, or reset your whole site. This tool is an excellent way to develop, debug, and maintain your site.
I hope I made myself pretty clear though I’m sure that it was meant only for newbies. But if you were aware of all these things already,, then accept my apology. Now without wasting any single second, let us start with the tutorials you can check to learn how to create a custom WordPress theme.
#1. The first tutorial I’m going to recommend you here is written and shared by Sam Parkinson (you must recognize him if you’re having a good network). You can find his tutorial over building a lot of things that are related to WordPress like themes, plugins, Shortcodes, etc. But this particular tutorial is all about the theme and it not just brings basic tutorial but also cover some expert angles.
#2. Ian Stewart had shared his own formula for creating the ultimate WordPress theme that is completely built from scratch. This particular tutorial covers almost every part which you may need around and it covers a standard level of that. You will be good at creating header files, index, single post, 404 templates, comment templates along with knowing different theme development tools. This tutorial is highly recommended and even if you face any issues, he is always ready to provide his help through discussion thread over the page.
#3. Our next revolution tutorial is written by Chris Coyier who is a known blogger and developer around the industry. He had shared his own ideas and recipes to develop and design themes and plugins for WordPress script and they are all available for written material and also in form of video tutorials, in case if you wish to confirm things via visual. He had divided the whole tutorial in three parts, download, install, “Reset” theme is the first one. The Second one covers Structure and last one covers every Finishing touches along with extra stuff you may be needing.
His tutorials are really working in practical life and there are hundreds of comments being offered to him, greetings their gratitude for sharing the useful stuff which not everyone cares to share.
#4. Nur Ahmad Furlong had shared a lot of tutorials and work in order to help people like us while developing a custom theme for WordPress platform. His tutorials are divided into lessons which are covered as per day schedules, thus it makes very easy to keep the learning process going day by day.
His tutorials are pretty easy and he had even shared tutorials to convert HTML template (if you’re having any) into a WordPress functional theme. Isn’t it awesome? I personally found that he had a good grip over coding and can help you try learning and practicing unique things which can help you get attention in the developer community.
#5. If you’re in little hurry to get ready what you can code over WordPress script then start with this tutorial that is shared by Keenan Payne. He simply covers all the essential things in a single page guide which is highly shared and loved by the community. This guide can help you come with a basic theme with a functional structure but to make it unique and adorable, you need to work further. If you wish to learn basic things then it’s the best I can recommend to anyone and I’m sure you’ll also do the same.
#6. After becoming little good at building a basic template from scratch, if you plan to go ahead and learn next big things then try this sixth guide I’m sharing here. It’s shared by Siobhan McKeown and I can assure you that you’re going to find it totally worth. This guide over there can help you learn how to refine an already developed theme and make it look and perform awesomely.
I’m sure there are hundreds of thousands of tutorials available over how to create a custom WordPress theme, but these six are recommended for my side. Good luck with your learning process and I hope to see you as an expert developer in the near future. Be sure to check out How To Make a Custom Widget for WordPress, How to Create Custom User Roles in WordPress.
*Last updated 03/11/2019