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margoneely says

Hi, All!

I own a branding and design firm, and I absolutely love the wordpress themes being sold here on themeforest… The quality is extraordinary!

I have been referring tons of clients and friends to Themeforest. Many are specifically interested in purchasing and working with more advanced wordpress themes, but the process of understanding and working with wordpress and said themes can be daunting and overwhelming. Do any of you know if there is a comprehensive guide available, beyond the support and documentation provided by the makers of each individual theme, to working with wordpress themes of this nature? Having something like this available —a step by step in clear and concise language— would do lots to increase sales, and my clients would greatly appreciate it!

Keep up the awesome work, and thanks for your help!

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PaddyTaylor says

While I see what u are after there are 2 things u need to consider.

1) while there are fundamental principals of using WP most authors construct the themes in their own way meaning that there is no “one way” to do certain things hence the documentation you receive with files.

2) many of the modifications buyers end up wanting often go beyond simple WP work and refer to modifying the HTML , CSS or PHP . This isn’t something easy to teach and requies someone who knows what they are doing to be involved.

thanks

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ait says

Usually all themes from one author will work the same way as they’re sharing the same theme framework. Unfortunately (or sometimes fortunately) Wordpress does not have their own CMS framework therefore themes from different authors will work different way.

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margoneely says

Thanks for your responses. Again, I know all of the above, but was looking for something to pass along to newbie clients interested in the complexities of Wordpress which would give them a basic overview. Rockable offers this, which I think should do the trick:

http://rockablepress.com/books/building-wordpress-themes-from-scratch

All the best!

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organicbee says
http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Development is always a good place to start

there still are standards and best practices that you should follow

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