Category: Theme Development


  • Creating a WordPress Block Theme — Creating the Archive and 404 Templates

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    Next up in our path to building a new WordPress block theme, we need to create our archive template and our 404 template. And believe it or not, both of these will take us almost no time to build. So join me as we start to wrap up building Semplice Monospazio and learn how you can create archive, category and 404 templates for your new block theme!

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    Block Theme - Archive and 404 templates
  • Creating a WordPress Block Theme — Creating the Page and Post Templates

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    So we’re continuing on with creating our new block theme, Semplice Monospazio. So far we have set up the theme.json file, created various block patterns and built out a few template parts. In today’s video we’re moving on to create our page and post templates. We’ll create simple templates for each at first, before moving on to adding a sidebar version for both. It can be a bit complicated and confusing at first, but once we walk through how to do it, you’ll be able to add it to your theme. So let’s dive in and continue to build out our new block theme!

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    Block Themes Page and Post Templates
  • Creating a WordPress Block Theme — Creating the Template Parts

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    So we are continuing on in our efforts to create a WordPress block theme. This time we’re getting starting to create our template parts, including the header, footer and sidebar. Creating the template parts is super easy. It’s a lot like creating a block pattern, and in many cases, you’re probably going to be using block patterns to make up your template parts. And it’s way easier to create something like the header with an FSE theme than it was with the traditional PHP themes. So today let’s walk through how I created the template parts for this WordPress block theme.

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    Block Theme - Creating Template Parts
  • Creating a WordPress Block Theme — Creating Block Patterns

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    So we are continuing on in our efforts to create a WordPress block theme. This time we’re getting starting to create block patterns. If you’re new to block patterns, they are essentially groups of blocks that you can save in a file in your theme or plugin and then quickly add to any post, page, template or custom post type in the block editor. And as you’ll see, they are really simple and easy to create and use. So today let’s walk through how I created block patterns for this WordPress block theme.

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    Creating a WordPress Block Theme — Creating Block Patterns
  • Creating a WordPress Block Theme — Theme JSON and Styling

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    So we are continuing on in our efforts to create a WordPress block theme. This time we’re getting started with the theme.json file. This is a pretty powerful tool that does a lot of the styling for us. And it removes a lot of the CSS that us theme developers used to have to write on our own. But it can be a bit tricky to get started, especially if you’re building your first block theme. In this video we’re going to walk through the theme.json file for the theme so you can understand what’s going on in this file.

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    Block Theme Theme.json file
  • Creating a WordPress Block Theme — Intro and Design

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    In this series, I’m going to walk through how I created my first block theme, Semplice Monospazio. In this introductory video, we’re going to walk through the designs I created for the theme and I’ll explain more about what I’m trying to do with this theme.

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    Block Theme Intro and Design
  • My experience creating a full site editing theme for the WordPress theme directory

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    In June 2022, I released my first WordPress block theme to the theme directory for people to use. It was an attempt to really understand what it’s like to create a theme in a full site editing world. Here’s what I learned about that.

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    photo of a computer screen showing code for a WordPress full site editing theme
  • Developing with WP Rig

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    If you’re looking for a great starter theme to build your next WordPress theme on, you might want to check out WP Rig. It’s got everything a developer could want.

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    The WP Rig homepage on a laptop screen
  • What I’ve learned so far in developing a theme suited for Gutenberg

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    Recently I started creating a premium WordPress theme that relies a lot on Gutenberg with the idea of having it ready when it’s rolled into core. So here are a few thoughts on developing a theme for the new editor.

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    ExtraPress Gutenberg theme homepage template
  • Why you should create a webpage for your WordPress theme

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    If you have a WordPress theme, whether or not it’s in the theme directory, you need to have a dedicated webpage for that theme.

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    Screenshot of Fotographia web page