Web Design Classes in Bellingham

Starting in January 2014, I will be teaching a Web Design course at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. The course is eleven weeks long and meets on Thursdays from 6:00 - 8:00pm. The class starts on Thursday January 9th. The class is offered through the Professional Development program at Western Washington University. To learn...
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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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