HOPEFULLY YOU'LL BUILD plenty of themes over the coming weeks, months, and years. This chapter is all about that: what to consider before you begin, site goals that can make it easier to plan for the long run, and checklists for stuff you just can't forget about, such as required template files and basics for good framework design.
Whether you're looking to release your theme for anyone to download, or just want to build a cool site for yourself, your clients, or other projects, these are things to consider.
This chapter starts with a look at what it takes to build a useful theme. And then, when you're done with that, you get into more niched themes (that is, themes that focus on static content, images, or a magazine-inspired design). Good times ahead!
Before you create a brand new theme from scratch, make things as easy as possible for yourself. Establish a plan before you get carried away building your theme files and designing a layout. There are many ways to plan a theme, but I tend to go about it in this way.
At the concept stage, I want to answer the following questions:
The second and third questions are all about how I should tackle the code when ...