I’ve taken the first step in getting a theme out there for y’all to view – and I’m still quite a long way from having anything concrete. Why? That’s because I am taking the time to read the documentation on how to go about making a theme. I started this afternoon by printing a couple of articles out from the Codex – Theme Development and Designing Themes for Public Release.
As I was reading through the first article as I was working, I started getting bombarded by terms that made no sense. For example, the WordPress Loop (which is explained in another article or two) and the word concomitant (which, incidentally, is a correctly-spelt word in Windows Live Writer, while swear words aren’t – makes no sense to me!). I’m all for expanding language, but when using the word concurrent would suffice, why not use that one?
Anyway, I then read the article about designing themes, and one of the most interesting bits of advice was couched in a long blockquote section (which was on the first printed page, as I had printed it in WLW – which turned out really stunning because of the font it’s printed in 😉 ). The advice was something so simple, that if you think about it, this makes total sense, and even if you don’t think about it, you should see the sense.
That advice is – lay out your theme on paper first, and do it away from the computer. After getting that down solid, then you can start dealing with writing the code for it, and by solid, he means that you should have the layout decided on, along with the main colors of the site. Fortunately, I have a bit of an idea in my mind, but now I need to get those onto paper – and decide on some base colors to go with.
However, you know what? I know it’s going to be a quite challenging project to start with, but I’m looking forward to the challenge. 🙂