Archive | July, 2011

How do you build WordPress themes?

29 July 2011 comment icon0 | Categories: featured, opinion

I’m knee deep building some new WordPress themes at the moment but am coming up for some air to throw out a question to all you WordPress theme building pros – How do YOU approach building WordPress themes?
When I first started building websites Geocities was the platform of choice for anyone who wanted a hosted platform for managing their website if they didn’t have a shared hosting account. If I remember correctly, most shared host accounts also offered about 20MB of disk space and writing a contact form in PHP3 was about as exotic as it got! WordPress wasn’t even a glint in Matt’s eye at that time 🙂
Things have changed quite a bit in …

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Why Shortcodes in WordPress themes suck

20 July 2011 comment icon2 | Categories: opinion

I’ve just spent the last couple of hours troubleshooting a WordPress problem for a client who uses a commercial WordPress theme. They are a recent new client who worked with a previous designer who selected the theme for them. I’m in the process of building their new site and said I’d help them out with any issues they have with their current site while I get the new one rocking and rolling.
So it was with little trepidation that I dived into a problem the client was having with their homepage layout today. 2 hours later and I hate WordPress shortcodes. Don’t get me wrong, when used right WordPress shortcodes are a joy to behold. Contact …

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WordPress Performance and Permalinks – quick tip

11 July 2011 comment icon7 | Categories: performance

Whoa it’s been nearly two weeks since I’ve posted on the blog. I’m up the walls busy at the moment working on developing some new WordPress themes for clients and our first public theme which should see the light of day before the middle of August. More on that a bit later in the month. We’ve also not forgotten about the High Performance WordPress post series – it’s just having to take a back seat for the moment – I promise to push out a few more on the series before the end of July! Anyway, last week we ran into some major performance problems with a clients WordPress powered website that I had to squeeze …

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