How to Create a WordPress Theme from Scratch?

WordPress is one of the most popular applications in the web design community. Building custom themes for WordPress can be a very creative and interesting proccess. Here you can find 5 of the best WordPress theme creation tutorials. Be creative and enjoy.


How To Create a WordPress Theme: The Ultimate WordPress Theme Tutorial

This thorough 11 part tutorial series takes you through every detail of creating your own WordPress theme from scratch. The series begins with a look at the structure of a WordPress theme before taking a close look at each of the various template files.



So you want to create WordPress themes huh?

Even some of the oldest WordPress theme tutorials are still the best today. I remember reading this WPDesigner post back in 2007 and using it myself to get the hang of building WordPress themes. A lot of features have been included in WordPress since 2007, but the core process of building themes remains the same.



How to Create a WordPress Theme from Scratch

Sam Parkinson takes us through the process of building this custom blog theme in his tutorial on Nettuts+ and describes the use of each template file along with code samples.



Designing for WordPress: Complete Series

Another tutorial that I remember being really useful was Chris Coyier’s video screencast series. This three part tutorial takes a live look at building a WordPress theme, which gives that extra insight you just don’t get from a written guide.



WordPress Theme Development Training Wheels

Nur Ahmad Furlong’s Training Wheels tutorial series is written specifically for those who haven’t had any experience with CMS code or PHP and covers the very basics of creating a custom WordPress theme, right down to the theme screenshot.