Making Your Website More ‘Likable’

How can you make your website more effective, more responsive, more 'likable'?

There is nothing worse than going to a website and learning that nothing has been updated since 2008. When there is no activity on your website, it looks like you’re not in business. The World Wide Web is one of the primary places that people...
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How to Create a WordPress Theme

You may be wondering how a web designer can take a standard WordPress installation and create a custom look and feel for your site.  The answer is themes.

A WordPress theme is a collection of files and images that controls all the visual elements of your website – the layout of page elements, the colors and fonts, the placement of logos and the use of elements like slideshows and galleries.

But, what are the parts of a theme?  How are they created?  I recently came across an excellent tutorial that shows you how to develop a WordPress theme from scratch. This tutorial is presented by Automattic – the people who brought us WordPress. So this is an authoritative voice when it comes to theme development.

When I develop WordPress themes for my clients, I follow a process very similar to that described here.

The ThemeShaper WordPress Theme Tutorial: 2nd Edition

This tutorial was published in October 2012. It is based on the release of the new starter theme called _s.  The techniques taught here are based on best practices in theme development.


Celebrating 15 Years of Web Design in Bellingham

Almost exactly 15 years ago, I began my journey with web design. I took a class and earned a certificate in web design at Western Washington University, in Bellingham. I had already earned a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design and Photography from WWU, and now returned to learn about this new type of design...
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