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jremick Staff says

I’m wondering how long it takes you guys to build a template?

The first two templates I submitted here took two days each from designing the PSD & AI logo to the finished product. The current theme I’m working on has taken almost three working days so I’m wondering if that is slow for production?

I’m slowly developing a base framework to speed things up but this last theme kind of did away with that, lol. Any tips on speeding up the process? Some people recommend CSS frameworks but I tried two of them and found them to be more of a hassle than actually helping.

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shadow66142000 says

I would stay away from using CSS frameworks! Create a stylesheet with the basics that you can reuse. For instance your ul, ol, blockquotes, headings etc. you can only do once with minor tweaks to fit each template. If you create a nice functional form you should be able to reuse that most of the time. As you create your grids, save them before adding your content for reuse later.

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jremick Staff says

I’ve heard a lot of positive things about CSS frameworks but I’ve also heard just as many downsides. I don’t intent on using them at all but I would like to learn to use them efficiently.

I’ve basically been setting up my own “famework” that seems to work well so far although it does have some evolving to do.

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JeffreyWay Moderator says

In my personal opinion, it’s not worth the time. They’re too bloated.

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kailoon Reviewer says

Every time, I just reuse my own “framework” of CSS . Time saving :)

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srhnbr says

I use my own framework too. And it does save time!

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Amanda says

Two-three days sounds great to me! I’m assuming this is for web templates?

It often takes me much longer to design Blogger templates (sometimes up to two weeks!). Being a parent means I can only work in spurts ;)

I’ve developed my own (Blogger) template framework: a stripped down template which includes all the basic CSS and layout tags I need to begin designing. Then I add extra sections, change the code and modify the CSS as necessary for my themes.

I’d love to know roughly how long it takes to design a Wordpress theme too!

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Kriesi says

Usually it takes me about 30 to 40 hours to create my wordpress templates but I must admit, I always use these templates to create something I’ve never done before.

This way my skills and knowledge grow and I get some money out of it =)

Perfect win/win situation ;)

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prule says

As a customer of the templates (not a designer) I think CSS frameworks would add value. For example, if a template uses the BluePrint CSS framework and I’m familiar with that, then I’ll have more confidence that I can make the necessary enhancements as required.

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tonyc says

My soon to be released wp theme had been in the works for more than 2 weeks now and still isn’t finished

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