25 WordPress Theme Development Tutorials to Get Started

January 28th, 2013 - Tutorials | 76 Comments

WordPress is ruling the world of content management systems (CMS) and majority of the blogs we are reading everyday are running on WordPress. WordPress gained its popularity and empathy because of being easy to edit, customize with themes and extend with numerous plugins.

One of the things I want to talk about today is theme development for WordPress platform. Creating your own theme for WordPress is a perfect way to add an original touch to your blog. There are lots of free and premium themes out there but if you want to create your own theme or start a business developing WordPress themes in this compilation you will find all the information and resources needed to start developing themes.

In this post you will find tutorials covering the basics of WordPress, theme structure analysis, step by step guides on how to plan, design and code WordPress themes from scratch or using frameworks. Hopefully you will be able to learn and create your own WordPress themes for yourself or your business.

1. WordPress Codex on Theme Development


You should definitely start developing WordPress themes getting into the WordPress Codex first. You will find a lot of information about basics of the theme development, best practises and useful resources to get started.

2. The ThemeShaper WordPress Theme Tutorial: 2nd Edition


One of the best WordPress theme tutorial on the web. Following 16 different lessons you will learn to build a fully working WordPress theme from scratch. Author of the course will share with you the best practises of developing themes.

3. WordPress Theme Customization Guide & Tutorial


This simple guide will teach you to customize WordPress assuming that you have some knowledge in HTML and CSS. Following the guide you will be able to learn how WordPress themes are structured and how they work.

4. How to Build a Custom WordPress Theme from Scratch


Chris Spooner shows you how to start designing WordPress themes. You will go from design phase to coding part and finally to converting it into dynamic CMS template – WordPress theme.

5. How To Create a Simple WordPress Blog Theme


Another tutorial by Chris Spooner where he will teach you to create visual concept in Photoshop and code it up into a HTML/CSS template. Right after that you will be introduced to how WordPress themes are designed and structured and how you can convert your just coded template into a theme.

6. How to Build a Responsive WordPress Theme with Bootstrap


Bootstrap is one of the most popular frameworks these days and what it makes even better that it is responsive. This tutorial guides you through the process of creating a responsive WordPress theme using Bootstrap framework.

7. Adaptive Blog Theme: From Photoshop to WordPress


One of the longest tutorial session available on the Internet will teach you everything about WordPress theme development. Thanks to Adi Purdila who made a really nice job in covering how WordPress themes are born.

8. WordPress Theme Development Training Wheels: Day One


If you are new in developing themes for WordPress this series of tutorials should help you out in getting necessary knowledge and get started in creating themes for WordPress platform.

9. The Ultimate WordPress Theme Development Glossary


You have to bookmark this post and refer to it anytime you need something WordPress related. All the essential and advanced information and resources on developing themes for WordPress in one organized place will save you lots of time and nerves.

10. Developing Your First WordPress Theme: Day 1 of 3


In this tutorial you will learn how to create your first theme for WordPress. Following step by step process in this three-part series guide you will gain all needed knowledge for WordPress themes developer.

11. How to Code a WordPress 3.0 Theme from Scratch


Keenan Payne shows you how to create a WordPress 3.0 theme. The newest version of WordPress is 3.5 but all of the principles and the structure is almost the same so you should definitely consider taking a look on this tutorial where you will be building blogging-ready, minimal theme.

12. Create a Typography Based WordPress Blog Theme


Simple and minimal theme. This is what you will learn to create following this tutorial which shows you how to design your theme in Photoshop, how to code it to HTML5 and CSS3 and finally how to put it on WordPress and make a functional theme.

13. How to Build a Basic Portfolio WordPress Theme


There is no doubt that Chris Spooner is leading in writing complete WordPress theme development tutorials. Another one shows you how to build a basic portfolio theme for WordPress. You will start from the ground up in Photoshop then you will code it and finally you will convert it into a simple WordPress theme.

14. Basics Of WordPress Theme Design


In order to be a successful WordPress theme developer you must learn the fundamentals. This post focuses on the basics of the WordPress showing you the template tags and more advanced files.

15. How to Build A WordPress Theme From Scratch Part One


The best way to learn WordPress theme development is to do it from scratch. Here is another tutorials that shows you exactly that. You will learn what is the difference between templates and themes when it comes to WordPress and then you will start building your own theme.

16. How to Create Your first WordPress Theme: Part 1


Cosmin Negoita will show you how to build your own WordPress theme with little knowledge in HTML/CSS. Following his tutorial series you will get the information needed for starting up in WordPress theme development.

17. Using XAMPP for Local WordPress Theme Development


One of the best way to develop a WordPress theme is to do it on your local server. This tutorial shows you how to install and configure XAMPP for desktop and create a perfect environment for WordPress theme development.

18. Create An Advanced Theme Options Panel in WordPress


Once you got some experience in creating WordPress themes you would like to jump into something more advanced. This tutorial is for more experienced developers who would like to dig deeper ito WordPress and create an advanced options panel.

19. Create a Settings Page For Your WordPress Theme


Good WordPress theme consists of a nice design, great functions and a possibility to customize it. In this tutorial you will learn to create a settings page for your WordPress theme what is pretty easy according to the author.

20. Translating Your Theme


WordPress is used in the whole planet so you should consider translating your theme. In this tutorial Robert Treacy will teach you the basics of how to make your WordPress theme translatable into other languages.

21. WordPress Development and Deployment With MAMP, Git and Dropbox


This tutorial is for more advanced users. Once you followed one or two tutorials above and gained some experience you can jump into the business of WordPress theme development. For this you will need a professional environment. This guide shows you how you can work efficiently using some tools and services.

22. The Complete Guide To Custom Post Types


After following simple basic beginner tutorials you might want to add some advanced features to your themes. This tutorial shows you how you can easily create custom post types for your WordPress themes.

23. Guide To WordPress Coding Standards


We all start from something, right? It is really good to start and get something working but if you see yourself with WordPress in the future you must learn the coding standards behind the WordPress. It will make your work more professional and most important easy to understand for other developers.

24. How to Create a Custom Theme for Your WordPress Blog with Minimal Coding Required


WordPress theme development is not that easy and quick if you do not have skills in web design and HTML/CSS. But this tutorial tries to explain and teach you how to build WordPress theme with no programming knowledge.

25. How To Create Your Own Custom WordPress Theme


Another classical tutorial on creating your own WordPress theme. Starting up in Photoshop, jumping into coding and finally heading to WordPress theme. Final result is clean and minimal WordPress theme which is ready to host your blog posts.

Here you saw a collection of 25 various tutorials covering the topic of WordPress theme development and different aspects of it. Most of the tutorials are teaching you how to create a WordPress theme from scratch starting in Photoshop and converting it into.

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  1. “How to Create a Custom Theme for Your WordPress Blog with Minimal Coding Required” should be one of most usefull tutorial here, espessialy for lazy people which don’t want to spend their time for learning codes. I’m going to learn it.

  2. Thank you for this great list of tutorials.

  3. Thanks for such invaluable resources and tutorials, are you planning to release new theme?

  4. I am looking for this topics for a long time!
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  6. I’d love to get a couple of my tutorials included in this post. I done a Google search looking for the position of one of my own pages. Turns out that this post is in the position above mine lol

    I read the TutsPlus post about making a settings page away back in 2011 and, after a re-read, it’s still relevant and it’s a pretty awesome guide. All WP devs should know how to make a settings page for their theme/plugin.

    Smashing Magazine’s custom post type guide is a great too.

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