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corsonr says

Hi Guys!

I’ve always wanted to know how long it takes for you ThemeForest authors to create a WordPress theme. I mean i know this can vary a lot from one author to another, but it would be a nice thing to know the time you spend on a theme from Photoshop to the final WP theme and to share our experiences no?

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ChillThemes says

I don’t usually start in Photoshop, I use a fresh install of WordPress as my canvas and go to Photoshop when needed. It can be anywhere from four weeks to a month or more. I spend alot of time making sure everything is perfect, code and design. It can be a pretty length process but I enjoy every minute of it. I won’t ever put out a buggy product that doesn’t pass the theme check, as if I were going to release a theme on the WP repository.

I’d like to read about the processes of others as well.

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Bedros says

“Responsibility” is the most important thing. I know there are some authors writing help files for weeks. “Quality over quantity” must be the motto.

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eddiesaints says

Since I am just a designer, I can only speak from a design point of view.

From sketch to a fully designed theme, it can easily take at least 2 weeks to 1 month for a well thought theme.

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UBLThemes says

It takes me from 2-3 weeks depending on how complex the theme will be.

Thats from PSD -> HTML -> WORDPRESS

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corsonr says

Thanks guys for replying, so some of few just do not create a wireframe on photoshop and start directly by coding on a fresh WP install (this is what i do for half of my projects). Do other authors want to share their experience ?

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FinalDestiny says

Probably between 3-5 weeks from HTML > WP. And another 2-3 for PSD > HTML . I’m a coder and can’t estimate the design part.

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brainbuzzmedia says

It varies hugely on the framework that you have for your themes. Theme options, extra custom usability, shortcodes, sliders, etc. If you use the same framework and are only building a new design it can be not so bad. I can create a psd in a week and turn it into a wordpress theme in three more weeks after that. The things that take time are the development of new features and functionality. Those are the ones that are totally unpredictable, for me at least.

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greenshady says

I typically code 95% of the theme in about two days time. But, this is because I have an extremely streamlined process that I’ve built up over the past 8 years. So, the actual building of the theme doesn’t take long at all. I just put in two full days of work.

However, it generally takes me between one to two months for a finished product. Most of this is devoted to testing and tweaking. Sometimes, I’ll just let the theme sit for a week or two, work on something else in the meantime, and come at it with a fresh mind later.

I also rarely design a theme in Photoshop, so that’s not really part of my process. I just use it when something in the theme calls for it.

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PixelStores says

I typically code 95% of the theme in about two days time. But, this is because I have an extremely streamlined process that I’ve built up over the past 8 years. So, the actual building of the theme doesn’t take long at all. I just put in two full days of work.

Good work Shady! I’m hoping to have a similar process in future development, I learnt how important it is to have a structure and framework for the development process. I spent a good six months for a finished product, but i’m hoping to cut this by half now the framework is in place ;)

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