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WordPress Themes In Depth

Complete Guide to Building Awesome Themes

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WordPress Themes In Depth dives deep into WordPress theme development with over 450 pages of practical theme-building techniques, tricks, and tips.

WordPress theme development brings together many aspects of web design and development. WordPress themes tap into the power of WordPress, enabling developers to build with proven features and advanced functionality.

From your first steps of learning about the theme template all the way through testing and distributing your themes to market, WordPress Themes In Depth brings it all together with just the right balance of theory, code, and explanation.

About the Book

Written by WordPress developer and author Jeff Starr, WordPress Themes In Depth is an intermediate to advanced level book that dives deep into the vast ocean of WordPress theme development. The book begins with a strong focus on the fundamentals and then continues into customization, development, security, optimization, and front-end techniques.

WordPress Themes In Depth delivers a wealth of advanced techniques, including Theme Features, Theme Options, Theme Customizer, Custom Fields, Shortcodes, Widgets, Plugins, and much more. Along the way, there are numerous theme-building tutorials, templates, checklists, and demo files to facilitate learning and help get things right the first time.

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  • Full color
  • Step-by-step guide
  • Searchable PDF format
  • Bundled themes & demos
  • Lots of copy/paste code samples
  • Helpful diagrams & tables
  • Concise & easy-to-read
  • 12 chapters / 450 pages
  • 300+ external resources
  • At-a-glance notes
  • Many tips & tricks

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Beautiful Full-Color Design

WordPress Themes In Depth is a beautifully designed book that contains over 450 finely crafted pages with clean layout and easy-to-read typography. Every page is meticulously designed in full color and 100% focused on WordPress theme development.

The images below provide a sneak peek of the book and its many code examples, diagrams, and screenshots. The first four images are from the standard version of the book, while the others are from the book’s widescreen edition.

Beautiful custom design that is a pleasure to read.

Bundled Themes & Demos

WordPress Themes In Depth includes five themes and over 20 demos. Themes include the DIY Theme, General Theme, shapeSpace, Tao of WP, and 2020, which you currently are viewing. The book provides step-by-step tutorials for building the Simplest Theme, DIY Theme, and General Theme, and features an in-depth walkthrough of the 2020 theme.

The bundled demos are plug-n-play examples of techniques covered in the book, including custom fonts, PHP diagnostics, dropdown menus, theme templates, full-size backgrounds, HTML5 video, lightbox techniques, media queries, random images, content sliders, Theme Options, Theme Customizer, dynamic scroll-to-top links, and more.

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Free Updates

Purchase entitles you to free updates for the life of the book. This includes the book, all themes, and the demo files. Whenever there is an update available, customers can download it for free.

Bundled Themes

WordPress Themes In Depth includes five exclusive themes, including 2020, shapeSpace, and Tao of WordPress. These themes are loaded with features and used in examples in the book.

Demo Files

In addition to the bundled themes, the book includes a robust set of demo files for examples and techniques in the book. The demo files contain working code for plug-n-play functionality.

Over 450 pages of hardcore theme-building action.

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WP Themes In Depth

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  • PDF Book (450 pages)
  • 5 Themes + 20 Demos
  • Widescreen & Lite Versions
  • Free Book Updates
  • Over 50 MB of content!
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