Your WP theme catches the eye when visitors open your blog. Any WP theme starts with two core files which are index.php and style.css. Then you make a program folder with other files.
What Makes a Custom Theme
Designing and coding a WP theme of your own means taking full responsibility for what your customers see at the other end when they open the site. Pick your own layout no matter if you want one or two columns, static or responsive etc. It is not only beautiful; custom themes or CTs boost engagement with the online
blog content. But what do you begin with? Built your own local development setting which is way more beneficial than remote:
- No more worries about the internet speed and quality. Develop your theme on your own computer without engaging remote servers.
- You have better testing options and can check all perspectives. It is very important.
- Pick a WP compatible stack and editor, like Lamp for Linux or Wamp for Windows. Each of the programs can be built on your computer.
- Create a WP development environment using Vagrant or VirtualBox. VVV aka Varying Vagrant Vagrants is a common Vagrant tool for creating WP friendly environment.
- Pick a good text editor to speed up your work and development process. There are modern text editors to include WordPress support option. It does not matter if you have a simple support tool or an integrated environment.
Themes vs. Plugins
You might see some common features between the two of them. The main thing is that a plugin carries a functional role only. A theme carried a content presentation function. While building a CT do not go into the plugin field, leave out the functions. If your CT carries too many functions you will lose them all when changing themes. Make your CT compatible with a few WP versions. Find older WP versions at the site roadmap. Don’t forget to do that if you are going to make your CT downloadable for other WP users.
General Public License
The GPL is required if you plan on distributing your themes. Some custom built themes might have extra support behind thus you will be charged for the access, membership or support. All you need is to be a member of WP, open source information and the GPL in order to develop a CT for public use. All the projects derived from the GPL products must also be compliant with the GPL. Meaning whatever was derived from the free software aka freeware must remain forever free