So I’ve been into using standalone WordPress themes instead of frameworks lately. It’s fun.
I recently created a theme for use with Easy Digital Downloads for WordPress. The design is super simple and ready to be used as is or for selling digital products with EDD.
It won’t be the last one I create for EDD but if you’re a user, or you sell digital products with another plugin, consider trying EDD (it’s free) with the new Theme… Quota.
Quota for Easy Digital Downloads
Shortly after finding WordPress I was exposed to theme frameworks. Like every other blogging noob, I read all I could from Problogger in one sitting.
I couldn’t help but notice the post footer advertisement for the Genesis Framework… so I checked it out.
I did all the research I could. Based on information I don’t remember, I decided that I needed to use a framework. It was between Genesis and Thesis. I chose Thesis.
I’ve used both frameworks over the last 4 years and I’ve even built my own. It wasn’t until recently that I decided to try WordPress without a framework.
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I’m a noob. There’s no doubt about it. I still run to Twitter for help with what most developers consider basic. I’m cool with that, though, because I know something that other budding developers don’t.
You don’t have to know shit to build an application for WordPress. All you have to do is be resourceful.
Before going any further, understand that I am not supporting crappy work. This is not an excuse to slap something together without any thought just to make a quick buck.
What I’m basically saying is that you don’t even have to know PHP to build something for WordPress.
Continue reading “A Message to Budding Developers Using WordPress”
Who uses the Underscores starter theme by Automattic? I do.
Yup. I have my own framework. I don’t use it for every WordPress theme project, though. I only use it for the jobs that call for its features… as you should with your framework of choice.
Getting back to _s, every time I use it I have to tweak the HTML just a little bit before I get started with anything else. That’s annoying and I’ve done it for the last time.
I made my simple adjustments and uploaded it to Github for everyone else to take advantage of. A description of the changes are in its README.md file. Enjoy.
Underscores (_s) Full-width HTML Starter Theme
Plugins don’t slow your site down. Bad code (which includes extra, unnecessary code) slows your site down. Bad code can exist in a plugin. Bad code can exist in a theme. 25 well-coded and useful plugins beats one block of bad code in a functions.php file. So shut it.
I don’t know about you all but I’m kind of into the WordPress admin button styles. They don’t fit every design, obviously, but I think their simplicity is on point.
Since I’m using the Twenty Twelve theme with my own custom child theme, I decided to use the WordPress admin buttons as my front-end buttons.
I tweaked font sizes and a few other little things but I kept them intact for the most part. The icons are not part of this CSS. Those are from Font Awesome.
Here’s the CSS:
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