Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Getting started with Wordpress Theme Customisation


I've been asked a few times by friends starting a small business, for information about getting started with Wordpress Theme Customisation as well as sorting out a domain and hosting. I thought I'd share some of the resources that will get you up and running.

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It's an ongoing list, please feel free to share any additions.

Learning Code
You'll use HTML, CSS and PHP code with Wordpress. Don't worry, you will learn as you work with it, but you need to know the basics:
Codecademy
A free interactive website to learn to code


Treehouse
Much better code learning site, subscription.
Specifically, How To Build a Wordpress Theme track could be spot on for you.


Five Best Text Editors
You have many choices for code editors, my favorite is Sublime Text.

Wordpress

Documentation
I use this almost everyday. For a beginner it's also good for learning the terminology so you can YouTube for tutorials etc.

Theme Customisation: A Beginner’s Guide to Customizing a WordPress Site
Great place to start for finding out where to start with themes - google/youtube to learn more.


Theme Customisation: How to customize a Wordpress theme
A comprehensive guide.



Theme Customisation: Customize any Wordpress Theme
Sometimes it's better to watch someone demonstrate - loads of tutorials on YouTube - go search!

Child theme: How to create a child theme
If you use an existing theme (free or paid) make a child theme to make edits.

Premium themes: Elegant Themes
I have a subscription to Elegant Themes, check out their theme Divi, one of the best adaptable themes I've found.

Hosting/server
123-reg
For domains and web hosting I usually suggest to get the Business Package from 123-reg.co.uk. There is also great options from TSO Host. Please shop around. Make sure you meet the Wordpress Requirements.

Uploading with FTP

Where to find your FTP username/password (123-reg)

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After that really, Google is your friend :)

Good luck, any questions comment or email.

You may be interested in the services I offer, which are perfect for startups, small businesses, organisations & charities.