Approximately 4 weeks ago I threw in the towel on other people’s themes. While there are hundreds, maybe thousands of fantastic themes in the world, none of them were just what I wanted, which is probably why there are hundreds of themes. The proliferation of themes for WordPress is a byproduct of that very freedom to create.
So, what to do? Well, the most obvious choice was to design my own theme. But what would it look like? What features would it have? Would it continually evolve? Would I get so lost in my own code and design that I wouldn’t know where to go next? The answer to all of those questions turns out to be..#$@#(*$&!
Building a theme is tough work, especially when you’re migrating from basic knowledge to more advanced knowledge of WordPress. The hardest part has turned out to be styling the site with CSS, which I am still doing, daily.
I figured I would call it Apprentice. How fitting, right? Why not. I also thought that I should come up with a fairly consistent color scheme. After all, branding, while not as critical in a slow market (see the article at teamforty.com about social networking) is important. Especially when it comes to consistency. The first step I took was to create the name, get the domain, and create the logo you see at the top. The rest is history.
It’s known that imitation is the best form of flattery, so I set out to imitate one of my most influential blogs by Darren Rowse called problogger.net. I used his site as a model, but I made certain to force myself to build the layout by trial and error, rather than copying code. I knew that I would learn more that way, and 4 weeks later, I have learned some very basic lessons about CSS and applying what I see in mind mind quickly to a design style sheet.
During the process I found that I wanted a myriad of features. I found myself saying, “If only I could have this or that.” Now, I have this or that, and believe me the list is long and detailed.
Stay tuned for part two of this series where I’ll outline a list of features that I implemented throughout the design of this theme. If you’d like to be notified automatically, use our subscription box to subscribe to our updates and we’ll send you an e-mail we post the follow up story.