wordpress: modifying themes

Introduction

In WordPress: Beyond the Basics we talked up the power of WordPress themes, and how it makes sense to put time into finding and modifying an existing theme rather than designing one from scratch. But how do you modify a theme? In this tutorial we'll take a deeper dive, learning how themes are constructed and how to get your chosen theme to work exactly the way you want it to.

Theme modification is a great way to strengthen your HTML and CSS skills, and possibly PHP as well, depending on what you want to do. This tutorial assumes you have basic comfort with HTML, CSS, and file transfer via FTP. If you don't, you'll want to see these tutorials first:

  1. HTML 101
  2. CSS 101
  3. FTP Made Simple

While not strictly necessary, you may benefit from some PHP basics as well.

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