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Dan



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PostPosted: 06 Oct 2006 12:21    Post subject: How to hack / skin WordPress Reply with quote

No, this isn't a tutorial. It's a question.

I've helped a few people hack their WP themes, and I've built a fair bunch of custom themes and feel I know my way around a wordpress theme fairly well. I've been meaning to write a tutorial on how to make your own theme and think I'll get started on it this weekend. I have a basic idea on how I want to present the tutorial. I'd like to start with a basic, very basic tutorial that involves hacking a kubrick theme to introduce the elements of a theme and progress through 2 or 3 more tutorials until a person is making a theme from scratch.

My intent was to coincide this with a couple of GIMP tutorials, so that the GIMP tutorials would end up right with having someone make the graphics from scratch for a WP theme, and coding the theme from scratch.

My questions are:

What do you most wish free themes had, but typically don't, that are useful for an adult webmaster?

What parts of a typical theme do you usually take out because they are basically useless, in your opinion, for an adult webmaster?

Who let the dogs out?

What kinds of things would you specifically want to learn in a progressive series of tutorials of this type?

Who's buying the beer?

Do you give a rat's ass about widget support? How about dynamic sidebars?

Thanks.
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PostPosted: 06 Oct 2006 12:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

In no particular order...

Widgets are a pain, I usually avoid such themes. Clever stuff with php in the template likewise, I avoid.

Unless it's a big blog, I take out the search option. I always take out the calendar ( who cares what day it is? ). Much of the meta is not use, I put on my own feed buttons.

I need to know more about CSS, so complex CSS laden templates I don't like. I like two colums, with the sidbar on the right near the "sponsor link clicking hand". I like a template that's wide enough, not them shoelace ones.

I don't know who let the dogs out, but it wasn't me.

I'll buy you a beer when I see you.

And who killed Cock Robin?
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Dan



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PostPosted: 06 Oct 2006 12:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the reply. I often tend to over complicate things, so it's good to be reminded of the need to keep it simple. Simple CSS, simple 2 column layout. (if I write the tutorial well enough, a person will be able to make a 3 column if they so chose with the information presented). I take out a lot of the meta as well, and have been playing around with using archive lists vs. calendar vs. drop down menus, all in the name of saving screen real estate for money making links. So far I like the drop down menus best I think, like on my Hentai Blog

I haven't yet seen any use for widget support or dynamic sidebars in any themes I make or hack either. In fact, that stuff seems to make it more confusing to read the code when I do need to hack something.

I don't like the really narrow themes either. I tend to make my own in a fixed width 750 pixels. I find anything larger than that looks best with 3 columns on my 1024x768 screen.

Who killed Cock Robin?
I, said the Sparrow,
with my bow and arrow,
I killed Cock Robin.
(I'm not cultured, I had to google that)
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