Developing a WordPress Theme: Trevor Fitzgerald

Trevor Fitzgerald, the author of Crispp theme presented Developing a WordPress Theme (links to his slides) at today’s a January WordPress Meetup. Crispp is a very clean theme with customizable options. It’s simple and flexible.

Crispp Theme
Crispp Theme by Trevor Fitzgerald

He decided to choose WordPress.org theme directory as a channel of distribution because it’s easy, you can get good exposure (from the directory’s “Recently Updated” list & sites like Weblog Tools Collection which features new themes), and nice download stats is provided.

Other benefits for making your theme available for download are traffic to your site, Google Page Rank (“Designed by” footer link), and increase in inquiries for additional development services.
His theme has been downloaded 1500+ times in one month.

He says it’s good to make your theme extensible and flexible. Crispp is widgetized, has a theme options panel where you can edit the Welcome message on the home page and colors.

He is developing another theme called “Earthly” – contact him if you want to a sneak peek!

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We are always looking for presenters at the meetups. Please contact us if you are interested.

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Author: Deborah Edwards-Onoro

Deborah Edwards-Onoro is a front-end web developer focused on user experience, accessibility, and WordPress. Founder of Lireo Designs, I create usable, attractive websites for businesses, nonprofits, and individuals. In addition, I offer WordPress site maintenance services, training and consulting. Organizer for Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup and Refresh Detroit. Former co-leader of Detroit User Experience, officer of Michigan Usability Professionals Association.

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