Anatomy of a Magazine Style Premium WordPress Theme - Part 1 “The Loop”

Let me say it for the millionth time “content is king” and we all know that, don’t we?

featured wordpress postsSince content is the most important part of a site, your WordPress powered theme must emphasis on its presentation. Most cookie cutter themes come with a post list that runs based on the time your posts were published, in other words a chronological list of posts irrespective of its importance. Let’s face it, not all posts are created equal. Some posts are special, some are important and then some not quite so. Why then should all posts get the same treatment?

Magazine styled themes do a fine job of addressing this by introducing the featured …

Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Ribbon Script

October is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”, I might be a few days late, but I thought I will share the Java for the pink ribbon that is pinned to the right end of my site. The variables you might have to change are the left margin (currently set at 750px) to ensure it fits your site width and the “nofollow” tag, which I included as optional tag just in case you are not sure of the site you are linking to. I have included the GIF for the script from my Photobucket account, feel free to download it and use it as needed, if you need the …

Sandbox (CSS) Design Competition Tutorial

This ‘how to’ tutorial was written for beginners/users designing a Sandbox based theme/CSS redesign using minimal CSS hacks and imagery. The objective of this exercise was to do “as little work as possible” while ensuring the result appears “significantly different” from the starting template. This is not the end-all strategy to design a Sandbox theme/skin, but merely a guide to get started. Enjoy.

Tools needed: Notepad, FTP (SmartFTP or similar) and PhotoShop or similar (any image editor should do).

In less than a couple of weeks, the Sandbox theme competition will decide a winner, but if you are anything like I am, you would probably wait to the very last day to create and submit your entry. So I feel it’s the perfect time to have a “how to” demonstrating the endless possibilities of CSS redesigning for those procrastinators waiting for a sign to get started. And no, this demo theme will not be submitted to the competition but will be released freely for Sandbox users sometime soon. Here’s a quick reminder of the rules.

Just to briefly touch on the Sandbox theme, as described by its creator(s), “The real feature of the Sandbox is its markup. The use of class-generating functions in key elements (the body, post div, and comment li elements) creates the most extensible WordPress theme available”. So all you need is some basic understanding of CSS and you should be ready to roll.