Mini-review & Competition: How to be a Rockstar WordPress Designer

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If you're new to WordPress and need a complete guidance on how to install, use, create blogs, website and even more, than what you really need is How to be a Rockstar WordPress Designer. Rockable Press and especially Collis and Hardy covered it all, and also added example themes and files in the book.


Who's this book for:

The book is aimed at anyone with a solid understanding of HTML/CSS. You don’t need to know PHP, you don’t need to have ever even touched WordPress before. The examples begin from scratch and build on each other, while basic PHP principles that are used are explained in an easy to understand manner.

If you’ve ever wanted to get started with WordPress theming, or you’re looking to take your skills to the next level with advanced theming concepts, this is the book for you!

What you will learn:

In this great e-book you will learn how to build tree WordPress themes - a blog, a portfolio and a general site with menus and submenus. Also, the authors created a stunning step by step guidance on how to install and use WordPress, and some amazing ways to use it as a mobile site, twitter clone, e-commerce store and many more.

Example Themes and Files in the Book:

Become a Rockstar WordPress Designer e-book is not only a great read for everyone that is interested in WordPress and Web design but also a fantastic resource, because they even packed the themes and files used in the tutorials.

  • Photoshop files for Creatif Design
  • HTML/CSS files for the example Creatif build
  • Creatif blog Theme for WodPress
  • Creatif Portfolio Theme for WordPress
  • Creatif Site theme for WordPress 
  • Example plugin


Our friends from Rockable Press are giving away 5 free e-books. All you need to do, to enter the competition is download the sample to continue the following line: "WordPress is fundamentally a ..."

Send your answer to this e-mail address, before Wednesday the 24th of February 2011. 

Table Of Contents

Notes: Example themes and Files

  • Themes Online

Getting Familiar with WordPress

  • Introduction
  • Getting a WordPress Install
  • Main Concepts
  • HTML, CSS & Basic PHP
  • The WordPress Codex
  • Preparing WordPress for Use Checklist 

Meet Creatif

  • Our Example Set of Designs
  • The Creatif Design Tutorial - Layout in Photoshop
  • The Creatif HTML Tutorial - From PSD to HTML
  • Further Resources on HTML & Photoshop 

Introduction to Themes

  • Finding and Installing themes
  • How a Theme Works
  • Template Tags
  • The Loop
  • Files and What They Do
  • The WordPress Default theme - Kubrick
  • Further Resources on Theming Basics

Building a Basic Theme: Creatif Blog

  • Setting up WordPress
  • Setting up the Theme
  • Absolute URLs
  • Bringing your HTML into WordPress
  • Updating <head> for WordPress
  • Image URLs
  • Dynamic Navigation and Adding Pages
  • WordPress 3.0 Navigation Menus
  • Creating a Featured Post with WP_Query
  • Showing the Rest of the Posts
  • Building the Sidebar
  • Widgetizing the Sidebar
  • The Footer
  • Splitting the Page Up
  • Creating the Single Post and Single Page
  • Adding Comments
  • Customizing a Search Results Page
  • The Archives
  • Adding a custom 404 Page
  • Author Pages and Multiple Authors
  • Wrap up of Creatif Blog

Tools for Advanced Theming

  • Tools for Advanced Theming
  • If Statements and Conditionals
  • Threaded comments and WordPress 2.7
  • Custom Fields
  • Adding Theme Options
  • Building a Basic Plugin
  • Creating a Basic Widget
  • Page Templates
  • Repurposing WordPress functionality

Building an Advanced Theme: Creatif Porfolio

  • Making a Plan
  • Setting up WordPress
  • Defining Constants
  • Showing Both Portfolio and Blog Items
  • Making Multiple Sidebars
  • Updating the Homepage
  • Creating Listing Pages
  • Tying Loose Ends
  • Wrap Up of Creatif Portfolio

Building a Site Theme: Creatif Site

  • Making a Plan
  • Setting up WordPress
  • Setting up the Menu
  • Showing Submenus and Page Titles
  • Creating the News Section
  • The Homepage
  • Wrap up of Creatif Site

Innovative Ways to Use WordPress

  • WordPress as a Membership Directory 
  • WordPress as an E-Commerce Store
  • WordPress as a Premium Membership Site
  • WordPress as a Social Media Feed Aggregator
  • WordPress as a Musician/Band Website
  • WordPress as a Design Gallery
  • WordPress as a Podcasting Site
  • WordPress as a Review Site
  • WordPress as a Social Network
  • WordPress as a Job Board
  • WordPress as a Community News Site
  • WordPress as a Video Portal
  • WordPress as a Mobile site
  • WordPress as a Freebie Aggregator
  • WordPress as a Twitter Clone
  • WordPress as a Magazine or News Site
  • Even more ideas on Theming WordPress





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