10 Tips For WordPress Theme Designers

WordPress is one of the best content management systems available today. The platform offers many templates that a user can choose to design their blogs or websites. Below find useful tips and guidance for templates designer.

1. While using CSS (cascaded style sheets) in templates, it’s a good idea to follow standard WordPress architecture, this will make it easier for users to understand and implement your custom made design.

2. Ensure that you close all the necessary HTML tags that you use in the design. If the tags are not closed the theme will have issues once a user applies that particular theme. Ensure that you use utilities such as HTML validator to check your code for any inconsistencies

3. Use comments or notes to explain your theme, this will be useful to users who would like to use your theme and wants to make adjustments or slight modifications. The comments will guide the user and explain to them the structure of your template. The way you arrange your code should follow standards set by WordPress.

4. Always test your template thoroughly using different views. When you make changes in the notes, comments, search or sidebar, test the template in the various views such as single post, pages, and archives to ensure that it works well otherwise your template will be rejected by users.

5. be creative and use what is available within WordPress  Use the resources provided within WordPress in a creative manner and you will end up with a unique template design that will attract many users. Determine the way the content will be displayed, is it on a single page or will the posts appear on a different pages.

6. Debug your template and ensure that they are free of errors. This can be achieved by thorough testing before releasing the template to end users. If a template is free of any bugs, it will gain popularity.

7. Use Jquery intelligently- if make use of J query intelligently, you will encounter less error codes when coding or programming your template.

8. Use the breadcrumbs carefully and check out how tags, categories, and categories appear. The breadcrumb is an intelligent way of reducing the amount of programming effort in your templates.

9. Look for a good testing live environment or sandbox, where errors can be identified, and fixed accordingly. This will give you more room for innovation and introduction of new features in your template

10. Make sure that your template will be able to work seamlessly with the inbuilt WordPress plugins, otherwise very few people will be willing you use the templates. Use the relevant programming code to make sure that plugins can be used in a user-friendly manner.
In conclusion ensure that the final WordPress template released is attractive and free from any bugs. Engage May different method of testing as well as many users to test the template. Incorporate ideas from the users who have participated in the testing process and your template could be one of the best. Lastly Keep on researching about the new WordPress commands and use them while designing your templates.

Robert is a designer and blogger, interested in mobiles, art and Ticodo

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