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cudazi Staff says

A question for all you wordpress developers, how much more time on average do you spend on developing your WP themes than just static HTML themes?

Just curious – Thanks!

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burningstonecold says

Well, It’d be an extra couple of hours. Between 3-4 for something basic yet functional in WP (Incl. Widget Sidebars, etc). But i’ll theme from scratch usually.

But if i did do it more often i’d probably knock it down to 1-2 maybe.

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DDStudios says

how much you charge /hours ? :P

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JeffreyWay Moderator says

Once you’ve worked with WordPress for a while, you’ll find that it doesn’t require too much work. Typically, you’ll have your own template that you can copy and paste from.

Maybe an extra few hours of work. Really…it all depends on the project. For a simple five page template, not too much longer.

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Kriesi says

Well, for me its usually more then just a few ours. I always create a wordpress options page to make customization easier. Along with styles for all widgets, extra functions and goodies like style switcher, breadcrumbs and that like it always sums up…

As jeffrey said, I guess it really depends if you just want to convert a 5page template or create additional complex functions…

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danharper says

About a couple of hours, or even only half an hour for basic sites. For the most part, you can re-use WP files from other projects; and I’ve learnt a lot of tricks to get WP to do what I want, so it’s really as simple as swapping around a bit of code.

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tonyc says

I recently made my own “Blank theme” which has most of my regularly used features in a theme (custom widgets, theme options etc.) but haven’t had the chance to test if it will speed up my development time. Up until now it took me about 5-6 days to get everything perfect. With this new framework of my own I hope it goes down to 2-3 days.

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cudazi Staff says

Thanks for the replies, I just need to find a good bare bones 2.7 theme to get going. :)

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contempoinc says

I always first code out a full static XHTML version of the template, then as Jeffrey said as well, I copy paste the different pieces into the WP template files. I find it much easier and faster to develop sites like this.

So I guess to answer your question like everyone else said it depends on the complexity a basic WP conversion can take an hour or two, but something with a custom admin panel, multiple page or post templates and sidebars etc…can take quite a bit more time.

Just curious how many of you guys code out a static version first then copy paste the elements into the WP templates vs. directly coding the site within the WP templates?

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SachaG says

It takes me a lot longer, but probably because I always forget to style some small details in my html template and have to do it in the wordpress theme.

For my next wordpress theme I’ll probably use a theme framework, like:

http://themehybrid.com/archives/2008/11/hybrid-wordpress-theme-framework

or

http://themeshaper.com/thematic-for-wordpress/

Anybody used them before ?

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