I want to learn how to create a theme for WordPress.
Where can I find information and resources on how to do it?
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There are many different ways to learn to create your own theme.
First, there's the "official" WordPress Codex on Developing Themes, but I'd say that it is more of a reference than a tutorial.
Another approach and one I like a lot is to read some of the better tutorials about WordPress Theming on the various blogs around the web. Here are some reasonably good ones, in no particular order:
"How to Build a Custom WordPress Theme from Scratch" on SpoonGraphics.co.uk (Feb 2010)
"How To Create a WordPress Theme: The Ultimate WordPress Theme Tutorial" on Themeshaper.com (Jun 2009)
"Building Custom WordPress Theme" on WebDesignerWall.com (Nov 2008)
Yet another option is to check out some of the videos/screencasts on the subject such as this series of videos/screenacasts which I've found to be one of the better ones:
WordPress Theme Tutorial by andrewanimation/AMPtutorials on YouTube:
Then of course there are the books you can get, if you must go this route (be sure to hunt for the used ones on Amazon; they are often much cheaper than new):
Lastly you can hang out here and ask questions and/or any of these other places where there are always WordPress-istas willing to help:
Hope this helps!
There are many different resources and tutorials on creating your own theme, particularly in series which cover starting out with WP to creating a themes options panel. A few good resources:
This Nettuts+ article also contains a selection of great links to WP theme tutorials.
While I've worked through some of the Wordpress Codex tutorials and reference material, the best resource I've found so far is a book that I can heartily recommend:
It walks you through which files to amend, how to properly ('safely') change the xhtml, php, css to effect changes throughout. On-line tutorials and references are somewhat easier to get hold of, but I enjoy reading off-line and remember more from hard-copy for whatever reason. Bear in mind, though, that this is the only Wordpress book I've bought recently, so my sample size is ridiculously small.
The best place to start is the WordPress Codex. It has several tutorials that walk you through templating, building the loop, and customizing your theme to do whatever you need it to do.
This is also a great resource for starting out with theme development: http://themeshaper.com/wordpress-themes-templates-tutorial/
Here is a very clean tutorial step by step on how to create a theme:
A nice Tutorial I got was Ian Stewart's Theme Development Tutorial: