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Beginning WordPress 3 by Stephanie Leary

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Chapter 6. Creating a Basic Theme

Now that you've configured your site and created some content, it's time to make it look good! First, you'll learn a few ways to change your site's appearance without modifying theme files: using widgets, the menu manager, and uploading custom header and background images. Then you'll create a basic custom theme, starting with a standard HTML file. I'll walk you through the various WordPress template files you can use to make parts of your site look different based on context, and finally I'll show you child themes—a powerful way to customize existing WordPress themes while keeping the original code intact.

Using Widgets

Widgets offer a powerful way to change up your site without touching a line of code. WordPress ...

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