September 26, 2009
Donald DeSantis teaches starting with a bare-bones WordPress theme and building it into something more in this five minute presentation.
The demo site from the presentation is available here.
Video production by Joe Christensen of Blaze Streaming Media.
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Very well done and informative. Thanks for the video.
I will watch this again tomorrow maybe it will sink in then.
thank you thank you, Wow, this is just what I’ve been looking for to make my site into a word press formate.
I’ll see all of your stuff.
You did an excellent job pulling this together. Do you have additional resources online?
Thanks for the kind words. I’m glad you found this useful.
Beyond the additonal resources mentioned in the talk, I would suggest brushing up on some basic CSS. If you use the starter theme I built, you’ll be able to get a lot of mileage out of very basic CSS. Practice using CSS selectors (google the term if unfamiliar); CSS font attributes; and CSS background attributes. W3schools has good content here. Smashing magazine probably also has some good links – but don’t get sucked into a tutorial vortex.
I’ve been thinking of putting together a free HTML/css class through TeachStreet. I could add in a WordPress twist… Would there be any interest in something like this?
I’ve been on this path for a few and I’m glad to discover you. w3schools is amazing I’ll say, just as some others that I’m on, but I like “don’t get sucked int a tutorial vortex” the most.
I would be interested in you free teachstreet Html/css class.
Have you seen websitemagazine.com , It’s a free , very useful seo mag.
You are right Donald. A little knowledge of CSS goes a long way in designing and improving your website.
Second that comment on w3schools. Really good site to learn a lot.
This is great! I guess its now time to brush up on my adobe skills… There are so many great themes (basic to advance) for WP. But I still have not found one that meets my EXACT needs.
Now it’s time to try it on my own.
5 minutes well worth my/your time.
I just can’t seem to get the install of wordpress, … could you walk me through?
designtech 44 what install can you not find or get?
I love your idea for the css turorial geared towards wordpress!
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