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How do I implement my custom-designed theme for a wordpress site?

January 30th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

I’ve created a mock layout in photoshop of how I want the layout to my wordpress site (it’s for a DJ).

How can I assure that this theme will work in the actual blog? How do I install it and will it restrict any plug-ins?

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  1. Ron
    January 30th, 2011 at 06:11 | #1

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  2. j k
    January 30th, 2011 at 06:15 | #2

    Judging by your question about how to install the theme, I take it you’ve never actually looked at a wordpress theme.

    It would be a good idea for you to do so. Get a free web hosting service and install wordpress, learn where to install theme files. Look at the theme files while you’re at it. Look at the code. WordPress theme files are a combination of html and php code.

    A WordPress theme uses several files. Off the top of my head:

    A css file.
    Index.php or home.php
    sidebar.php
    header.php
    footer.php

    They all work together, so you need to know how to put them together in order to work. This does not include the php tags you need in order for some plugins to work. You’ll also need to know where to put image files, and naming conventions.

    Here’s a couple of links to assist you:

    http://www.wpdesigner.com/2007/02/19/so-you-want-to-create-wordpress-themes-huh/
    http://themetation.com/2008/07/14/how-to-create-wordpress-themes-from-scratch-part-1/

    Good luck.

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