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WordPress: Visual QuickStart Guide, Third Edition by Jessica Neuman Beck, Matt Beck

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12. Advanced Theme Development

In this chapter, you’ll learn to design and build a simple theme from scratch. Theme building in WordPress requires a strong knowledge of Web design, HTML/XHTML, CSS, and PHP. Novice users need not apply! For designers and developers, however, building your own theme offers unparalleled flexibility and power, especially when compared to using or modifying a prebuilt theme.

Anatomy of a WordPress Theme

Your theme may appear as one cohesive whole, but many different pieces go into each page of a site .

The front page of this site is composed ...

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