20 Useful WordPress Theme Tutorials and Resources

Whether you are a plain website owner or an aspiring web designer or developer, you will find it worthwhile to spend some time studying WordPress theme tutorials written by seasoned professionals. Unless you don’t mind spending just to get simple tweaks and simple code alteration done on your template files, you will find it pointless to use some brainpower to learn how things are done in WordPress. That’s not the case of course with average bloggers and website owners. Many of them run on a meager budget and so they want to cut expense as much as possible by doing things themselves. And what’s a greater, cost-efficient way to learn the ropes of WordPress than to read and follow the works of gurus who have known WordPress like a palm of their hands? Unless you have a special friend who happens to be a WordPress ninja willing to teach you all the things that you want to know, then learning will not come cheap.

So in this article, we are sharing with you some of the WordPress theme tutorials and resources that can considerably expand your understanding of the wonders of the world’s most popular CMS. This contains the basics so if you are a beginner you will really find this post valuable. The tutorials will of course teach you how to create fantastic plugins, themes and more. If you are an advanced WordPress developer, you will also find a few items that can be of use to you. Either way, we encourage you to share your thoughts along this line and to share this article to your friends in the social media.

WordPress Codex Theme Development – VISIT SOURCE

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Before embarking on theme customization, design and development, it is advisable to start by reading WordPress Codex. It lays down the structure of a WordPress theme or its anatomy and it explains the functions of the template files. A conscientious reading of the codex and the suggested resources that you will find there is great way to learn WordPress development.

The Ultimate WordPress Theme Development Glossary by Noumaan Yaqoob – VISIT SOURCE

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WordPress have lots of terms and every WordPress user must know what these common terms are about. Read this guide and learn the words used in WordPress theme development and what they do for real. If you are newbie, this glossary of terms can help you understand more advanced discussions and learning materials that will come your way.

How to Customize a WordPress Theme by Presscoders – VISIT SOURCE

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Another must read guide on WordPress is this substantially informative manual from Scott Bolinger and David Gwyer of Presscoders. It contains valuable tips and advises on how to customize WordPress themes. This is an information goldmine if you want to get serious with your web development education. It covers many aspects and it is composed of nine parts.

How To Choose a Great Color Scheme For Your Website by Timothy Bowers – VISIT SOURCE

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This tutorial explains the important considerations you should not miss in choosing the colors of your website.  Among others, it mentions the purpose of the website as one of the primary factors in choosing a color scheme. You will also find a brief roundup of the free tools that you can take advantage in achieving a great color setup for your site.

Add a Responsive Lightbox to Your WordPress Theme by Bryce Adams – VISIT SOURCE

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This tutorial will take you to the process of adding a responsive lightbox effect to zoome your images smoothly.

Building a Simple Announcements Plugin for WordPress by Aleksandra Laczek – VISIT SOURCE

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Displaying an important announcement on site like for example a sale, or a contest or any upcoming event, can be done using a modal box or a lightbox. These however can be obtrusive to some of your readers. This tutorial will teach you how to create a plugin that displays custom site-wide announcements across the top of the page, with the ability to schedule messages to appear between two given dates.

Adding a Responsive jQuery Slider to Your WordPress Theme by Bryce Adams – VISIT SOURCE

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Sliders are common to WordPress users. Adding a jQuery WordPress slider to your WordPress theme however can get you entangled with the codes. Bryce Adams will teach you how to do it right in this tutorial.

Add jQuery Autocomplete to Your Site’s Search by Stephen Harris – VISIT SOURCE

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Stephen Harris will take you to the process on how to make search easier for your visitors by giving it auto complete function.

WordPress 3 Drop Down Menu Tutorial by CSS Menu Maker – VISIT SOURCE

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Learn how to integrate drop-down menu in your WordPress website with this tutorial. Here, you don’t have to create it from scratch but you will be using the resources from CSS menu maker to get the job done.

Implement Google Custom Search into WordPress by Paul Maloney – VISIT SOURCE

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Google custom search has lot of advantages over the default WordPress theme search and it is becoming a standard for blogs. In this tutorial, Paul Maloney discusses the nitty-gritty aspects of harnessing the most powerful search solution right on your website. He does it in detailed illustrative manner that you can easily follow even if you are a beginner WordPress user.

How To Integrate Facebook, Twitter And Google+ In WordPress by Kevin Muldoon – VISIT SOURCE

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This tutorial will teach you how to manually integrate the three most popular social media services on your website: Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Kevin Muldoon will show you how to integrate Facebook comments on your WordPress website, to make it easier for readers to discuss your posts. Then, he will show you the most common ways to display your latest tweets in the sidebar, which should encourage more people to follow you on Twitter. Finally, the tutorial teaches how to add sharing buttons for all three social media services to your home page, posts and pages.

Creating Responsive Pricing Table Plugin for WordPress by Rakhitha Nimesh – VISIT SOURCE

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Pricing table are important for business and e-commerce websites. This tutorial will take you to the process of designing an attractive pricing table from scratch that can be customized to suit your projects. The pricing tables created with this plugin will work on all kinds of devices such as mobiles and tablets.

How to Add Icons to WordPress Custom Menus Without Plugins by Patrick Cohen – VISIT SOURCE

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If you want to add some cool and catchy icons to your menus to impress your visitors, this tutorial is for you. It explains the process in a step by step procedure without having to add a single line of Php code. It only involves uploading of the icon and working with the CSS.

How to Create Your Very First WordPress Plugin by Seth Czerepak – VISIT SOURCE

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If you want to know the ropes in creating a WordPress plugin, this tutorial is for you. It is especially written for beginner WordPress developers in a very simple manner. If you have not yet found a learning material that you can read on how to create your own plugin well this is your thing.

WordPress Theme Development Training Wheels: Day One by Nur Ahmad Furlong – VISIT SOURCE

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This tutorial will take the absolute beginner a taste on how to convert PSD template into functional WordPress theme with its simple, step by step method of teaching the subject.

Basics Of WordPress Theme Design by Alex Denning – VISIT SOURCE

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This tutorial will teach you the rudiments of WordPress theme development, the template tags and more.

Creating your first WordPress child theme by Cameron Chapman – VISIT SOURCE

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Cameron Chapman, explains the way how to come up with a child theme out of a twenty-eleven default WordPress theme using only basic knowledge of HTML and CSS. The theme is very basic but it’s nice building block for a more complex theme that you will create on your own.

How To Create Your Own Custom WordPress Theme by Chris Spooner – VISIT SOURCE

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This tutorial will teach you the skills in creating your own custom WordPress theme. It covers the coding aspects in HTML and CSS as well as the part on how to insert the PHP template files.

How to Build a Basic Portfolio WordPress Theme by Chris Spooner – VISIT SOURCE

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In this tutorial Chris Spooner explains how to create the codes of a basic WordPress portfolio theme. Actually this is a continuation of his previous tutorial wherein he shows how to create a basic PSD web portfolio template. So here, you learn what to write on the WordPress PHP template files and the CSS that controls the look and feel of the design.

How to Create an Author Info Section in WordPress by Chris Spooner – VISIT SOURCE

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Author bios are considered as important feature in a blog post. It informs us who writes the material, his background and other information about himself. Needless to say, it is important to learn how to make if you were to become a WordPress coder. This tutorial will help you how to code the HTML, the CSS as well as the PHP the breathes life to our author box. Check it out now!

Create a Typography Based WordPress Blog Theme by Chris Spooner – VISIT SOURCE

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Becoming a WordPress developer will not be complete without competency on how to create a WordPress blog theme. Realizing the need, Chris Spooner once again, demonstrates how to code the various PHP templates, the CSS and other nitty-gritty aspects involved.

Build a Slideshow Plugin for WordPress by Ciprian Turcu – VISIT SOURCE

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You will learn how to create a Nivo slider with widget functionality in this tutorial.

Create a Custom WordPress Login Without Plugins by Iain MacDonald – VISIT SOURCE

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WordPress log-in box is fine. It is minimalist, with nothing but white space all over. If that looks too bland and harsh for you, why not create a cool, textured, log-in box to take your working attitude on your site to a higher level? This tutorial by  Iain MacDonald is the answer, and he does it without using a plugin.

Create a Settings Page For Your WordPress Theme by Jarkko Laine – VISIT SOURCE

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Making your own WordPress theme can give you an original and unique layout or design that will certainly please you and would pass to your own concept as something “nice. “ However, it would not be as nice at all if every time you do some simple tweaks you still have to access the theme files and swim into a sea of CSS and PHP codes. To solve that, you can create your own settings page by following this tutorial. This will save you and your client the trouble of having to crawl under chassis just to adjust some lose bolts and nuts.

How to Build a Responsive WordPress Theme with Bootstrap by Zac Gordon – VISIT SOURCE

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Responsive web design is the the hottest movement in the web now and it is very important to learn the skills on creating WordPress themes with responsive capabilities. This tutorial will help you do it using Bootstrap, a responsive framework that you can use in creating websites and applications. Here you will learn how to create a basic marketing site theme with essential pages and functions.

Building a Client Testimonials Slider Plugin by Richárd Ötvös – VISIT SOURCE

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In this tutorial you will learn how to create a cool client testimonial that you can display using shortcodes. You will be using a free SlideJS jQuery plugin for control of the animation and effects.

Introduction to the Genesis Framework by Bilal Shaheen – VISIT SOURCE

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There are two popular frameworks popular among WordPress users now, Genesis and Thesis and with each you can create a number of child themes. This learning material discusses the introduction to Genesis framework development that can greatly add up to the knowledge of WordPress developers.

Using XAMPP for Local WordPress Theme Development by Jacob Gube –  VISIT SOURCE

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A practical, safe and faster way of doing WordPress theme development is doing it offline. To do that, you will need XAMPP, a free server package that you can install to make your desktop act as a web server. This tutorial by Jacob Gube will take you to the steps on that you have to take to install and configure you local WordPress host.

Creating a Plugin to Add Votes to Your WordPress Comments Using AJAX by Abbas Suterwala – VISIT SOURCE

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This tutorial will add functionality to your post comments in which your readers can vote on the comments made by other readers.  It’

Translating Your Theme by Robert Treacy – VISIT SOURCE

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Translating your WordPress theme may not at all be necessary. If you were to look at the statistics however, out of the top ten countries searching the keyword “WordPress theme,” only one is native English speaking (the USA) and that ranks 9th. Translating your theme therefore would open you to foreign language theme markets and this will add up considerably to the sales of your themes. This tutorial by Robert Treacy will show you how to translate your theme into foreign languages.

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