40 Resources for WordPress Theme Designers
One of the reasons WordPress is the most popular blogging platform is its theme system. WordPress allows its users with almost unlimited design options when modifying or designing themes. This is a collection of 40 resources that every theme designer can appreciate.
If you like getting design inspiration by looking at excellent blog designs, you’ll love our new gallery site Blog Design Heroes.
Blank Themes – If you’re creating your own WordPress themes, these blank themes are a great starting point. They’ll save you time by giving you the bare-bones structure and still allow you the creative freedom to design whatever you want.
6 Themes that are Perfect for Customizing – I wrote an article about customizing themes that listed 6 themes that are great for customizing. Use any one of these as an excellent starting point for your designs.
A great deal of your theme’s success will depend on the color choices you make. Here are some helpful tools for deciding on the right colors.
If you have much experience at all with WordPress, you’ve probably at some point referred to their Codex (a source of information on all things WordPress). Here are some of the Codex articles that are most relevant to theme designers.
Almost every blog uses icons in one form or another. Here are 4 high-quality sets of icons that are great for your blogging needs.
RSS Icons – Most blog readers now recognize the common, orange RSS icon. Using the icon is a good way to draw attention to your subscription link.
Mini Icons from Brand Spanking New – A free set of greyscale icons that includes such icons as speech bubbles that can be used on blog themes.
Blog Icon Pack from graphicPUSH – Some icons that are commonly used on blogs.
Web 2.0 Icons from Utombox – A number of icons for popular web 2.0 sites like Technorati, Flickr, FeedBurner and more.
Articles and Tutorials:
Here are some of the best articles available for helping you to learn more about all aspects of WordPress themes.
Pictures and images can make a huge difference for a theme. The resources below will provide free or low-cost images. Be sure to check the restrictions if you are distributing the theme. Many of the photos will be limited to your own use and prevent distribution. If you find a photo that you really like you can always contact the photographer and ask them for permission.
Theme Galleries and Places to Distribute:
All of these sites list themes that are available for download. It’s not easy to get a theme listed, but it can really help to get more exposure and downloads.
You’ve worked hard creating a beautiful design. CSS galleries are a great way to get some exposure for your designs.
You’ll probably experience some difficulties along the way. Most of your questions are already answered in the forums and you can always post new ones.
If you’re going to distribute your theme you’ll probably want to make sure it validates.
Your visitors will be using many different browsers, which requires testing on your part.
BrowserShots – Get screen shots of your site in a number of different browsers.
BrowserCam – A paid service for testing a site.
For more resources please see:
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- 33 Excellent Business Card Templates for Your Own Use
Published November 20th, 2007 by Steven Snell