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Is it ok to build a WordPress theme as an HTML template first, and then turn it into a theme?

  • # May 18, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    I’m working on an HTML template and only though of making it a wordpress theme now. Is it okay to create it as an HTML template first, and then make it a wordpress theme?

    # May 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Of course!

    It’s probably better design-wise to make it in Photoshop first or even immediately in HTML and then to convert it to a theme.
    It’s just easier to manage pure HTML and not be distracted by all the PHP stuff while you determine the design.

    Well, that’s my approach, it’s common now to design in the browser, so you can as well do it in WordPress right away, but I think it’s just better to split the process into two parts: design and functionality.

    It’s very straightforward to themify the completed HTML template , so there’s no real reason to do them both in the same time, I’d just focus on them separately.

    Good luck!

    # May 18, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    It’s how my preferred way of working is. I do all the CSS, Javascript, etc with consistent content without needing to first create something to draw the content from, and then make a theme from the resultant files.

    # May 18, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    great. I was hoping i didn’t have to start over.

    # May 18, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    That’s a good way to go because you can make sure you’ll only include what you’ll need and no extra cruft. You may also want to consider using a bare-bones WordPress theme as a foundation to assist you with the transition. I had to do this a while back and went with Starkers, as it’s so stripped down: http://viewportindustries.com/products/starkers/

    # May 18, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Starkers is bloated and in my opinion, not a great framework.

    # May 19, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    What do you recommend then, @chrisburton?

    I find Starkers extremely empty in comparison to other barebone themes I’ve been trying.

    I’d be glad if you can point the way to something even better :D

    # May 19, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    @jimmyniceguy I’ve used the HTML5 Reset WordPress theme (framework). It’s less bulky.

    http://html5reset.org/#wordpress

    Some people prefer the Underscores theme but I never liked that either.

    http://underscores.me

    # May 19, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Or just roll with your own code.

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