Jun 06

Check Out Our New Rockable Book: “Building WordPress Themes from Scratch”

Wed, 06/06/2012 - 03:03 — julie

Would you like to get in on some of the action over at ThemeForest? Or you’d just like to build a custom theme for your own WordPress site? Then Building WordPress Themes from Scratch is for you. Grab it today!

What’s Inside?

In this book, author Joe Casabona walks you through the steps you need to take in order to build your very own WordPress site.

Included with the book is a WordPress theme and other necessary files, so roll up your sleeves and let Joe take you through the creation process, explaining what you need to do—and why you’re doing it—every step of the way.

The book is much like a long, multi-part tutorial taking you through WordPress theme design. Here’s a brief overview (check Rockable Press for more details):

  • Converting HTML/CSS to a dynamic WordPress theme.
  • Creating a custom post type.
  • Theme options and widgets.
  • Creating a plugin.

Sound good? But wait, there’s more. Here are the goodies that you’ll find packaged with the book:

  1. A fully functioning WordPress theme called ‘Director’.
  2. A set of PSD files for the Homepage, Directory Page, Blog, and Single Business Page.
  3. A set of HTML files created from the PSDs. They will be used to create the ‘Director’ WordPress theme.
  4. On top of the four pages created from the PSDs, the HTML folder also includes a /css/ folder for four CSS files: style.cssreset.cssmaster.css, and ie.css. Plus you also get all images used in the HTML template.

Who is the book for? Author Joe Casabona explains:

I’d like to say that this book is for anyone interested in WordPress, regardless of background. However, to keep it streamlined, I do assume that you have a solid understanding of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP and MySQL.

I will be look­ing at converting HTML to a WordPress theme, building plugins, and more, all from scratch.

So, if you’d like to learn how to do all of this, then this book will be right up your alley!

Want to know more? Then watch out for a book review from Japh Thomson over on Wptuts+. Coming soon!

About the Author

Joe Casabona is a web developer, writer, and teacher. He hails from Middletown, New York and has been making websites since 2002. His good friend Stephen Mekosh introduced him to WordPress in 2004 and he’s been working with it ever since.

Joe also writes for WordPress Tuts+ and the Appstorm network. Check him out at casabona.org or on Twitter at @jcasabona.

I’ll let Joe introduce himself:

Hi, I’m Joe, the author of Building WordPress Themes From Scratch, and what started out as a simple, open source blogging platform has now become a super-powerful content management system (CMS) that can boast that it’s the most widely-used CMS on the Internet.

From the moment I first started using WordPress about eight years ago, I fell in love with it straight away and immediately started hacking away at it, learning the platform, making my own changes, and watching it grow over the years.

In this book, I plan to teach you how to use WordPress, as well as how to leverage the API to create your own custom themes, plugins, and content types. In other words, I will show you how to make WordPress your own.

Where Do I Get It?

You can get the book from Rockable Press. Visit the site, or use these links:




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