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markcronin says

Hi I am looking for your tips and guidance on where to start with creating my first Wordpress Theme to sell on Theme Forrest.

I am hoping that quite a few of your will have been there and be able to share tips or point me in the right direction.

I am working my way through another ‘How to build a Wordpress theme’ tutorial and they often start with a ‘base’ theme and start adding to it and editing it etc.

One of my questions – is it acceptable to start with an existing theme e.g. ‘underscores’ as a base and then develop it?

What are the different starting points you have?

Many thanks Mark

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codeblvck says

hey mate, i dont think you can start with another theme unless its made for the reason to build on, you probably mean a framework, in which case bone framework thematic or gantry would be quite handy

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Orbital_Themes says

Of course you can use _s, just read the licensing terms, it’s GPL v2.

Now, most tutorials probably start with TwentyTen or TwentyEleven themes. These are pretty much fully functional themes, while _s is just a bare bones base to build upon. You have some basic functions setup and hooked into the right actions (like theme setup on init) and some necessary page templates (which you will probably change altogether to fit your theme), and that’s pretty much it.

I have used _s in a theme that I’m currently developing as it gives me a head start and makes sure that I do not forget about any important templates. Other than that, I think that you need to already have some WordPress knowledge before you start with _s. It’s best to first develop a WP theme from the ground up and know what you are doing than relying on someone else’s code. Once you know enough you can start working with frameworks to save time.

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codeblvck says

I didnt know about _s but I just checked it out, and it looks like it would be a great asset.

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markcronin says

Hi

Thanks for your ideas and comments – I am working on a basic theme from the ground up right now to learn as much as possible.

Good to know you used _s , as that is my next step once I have a better understanding.

Any recommended book you read along the way?

Cheers Mark

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codeblvck says

wordpress like a rockstar was a good book, and more recent one “Building WordPress Themes From Scratch” by JOE CASABONA is great, its available on envato’s rockablepress

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Orbital_Themes says

WordPress Codex is the only WordPress book I use. :) I’ve also read a WordPress & AJAX book, but it’s a little bit advanced and more focused. Good luck with your projects!

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dmvieira says

Hello,

I too am starting to work on my very first theme. I am using the Bones theme to jumpstart my development. I have a concern about the LESS aspect of it. I have been using Codekit to compile the LESS files. But the person who purchases my theme, would they be forced into using LESS and a compiler? Or could they just edit the style.css? I don’t want to hinder any potential sales by using LESS, although I am enjoying using it : )

Any info you have would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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christopherjon says

_s is great to get a look at the bare bones essentials of a wordpress theme. It’s lean and mean.

While it’s not as sexy or packed with features like some of the other bare bones themes, it’s a great starting point for beginners.

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