WordPress 3 and the default twenty ten theme are a great base for a stand alone website, easy to work with and with a little knowledge you can make your website theme quite unique.
The default WordPress theme has a sidebar menu but this is hard to style, we tried a lot of different ways to style the menu, in conclusion we have taken the menu above the sidebars into a template part.
Digital Raindrops have had their first theme accepted into the WordPress themes directory, we learned quite a bit while preparing the theme for the directory and discovered that some of the calls we have in our code have been superseded, so we thought we would create a post with some details about these.
Even if you are not creating a theme for the WordPress directory, we would recommend theme developers using the test data and tools that are used for submitting to WordPress, you cannot submit Child Themes or Artisteer themes to the WordPress theme directory, we just re-engineered the twenty ten theme.
The Twenty Ten default theme comes with Primary and Secondary right sidebars, but they are stacked one above the other, you might be wondering why.
At a guess I would say it gives someone new to WordPress the ability to add widgets to the secondary sidebar without losing the built in widgets on the primary sidebar, we are going to use the secondary sidebar for a template page.
The tenth and last in this series of tutorials is adding three footer elements, page navigation using ‘wp pagenavi’, a third menu bottom of the footer, and a little editable template part to give us credit for creating the theme.
If we follow the steps in this tutorial we will be able to add numeric page navigation to our WordPress theme, a footer menu bar and credit text after the footer.
We will need to do the following steps, add conditional code to display the ‘wp pagenavi’, add a new menu location and the footer credit text, we will do this with template parts and styling in the style.css.
The ninth in this series of tutorials is adding a main template page that will display selected posts by category, using the page and category slugs, order the posts acending and add a custom post header.
If we follow the steps in this tutorial we will be able to add our new template page to our WordPress theme, with conditional posts based on the category and page slug ordered asc and a nice post header section.
We will need to do the following steps, create the template page, and add styles, code to return the posts from WordPress and the post header from the options page using the WordPress call get_option().
The seventh in this series of tutorials is adding a two column post content template part, this is one of the most asked for features.
If we follow the steps in this tutorial we will be able to add a two column content template part to our WordPress theme, with a conditional switch, conditional post images, and looked at how we can add the template part to our theme.
We will need to do the following steps, create the template parts, styles and add left and right columns to our theme, and code to switch between the columns.
The sixth in this series of tutorials is adding a Image Rotator panel to the theme, we created our image rotator panel to fit the widest part of our theme.
If we follow the steps in this tutorial we will be able to add a Image Rotator panel to our WordPress theme, have looked at the Cimy Image Rotator, we selected the Cimy Image Rotator as it requires more than a short code to add it to a theme.
We will need to do the following steps, create a template part, and make the code generated by the plugin more dynamic so we could transfer the code to other themes .
We have been thinking about a directory page. One way to increase website traffic is by ‘Reciprocal links’, a sort of mutual link site to site.
We had a Google for a WordPress directory page and plugins, the pages in nearly all cases come with a theme. We did not want a theme, just the contents, since the plugins are few and far between. We tried one which was not very good, so what else could we use?