Common WordPress Theme Development Mistakes
WordPress has completely and totally unlock ridiculous leverage for anyone looking to create their very own website in record speed. Maybe the most popular CMS out there today, it gives anyone – including people with almost no technical knowledge whatsoever – the power to carve out their own little chunk of the Internet.
That being said, there are a number of common mistakes that people make when they are creating WordPress themes – especially in the developmental stages. These are relatively easy to spot and avoid if you know what they are, and can save you an endless amount of time and frustration.
Common WordPress Theme Development Mistakes
Understanding exactly what kind of licensing you are working with
If you’ve been paying attention to the WordPress development world for any amount of time, you will understand the major issue that the creators of WordPress and a professional WordPress developer responsible for the theme Thesis had and continue to have. While WordPress is a GPL open-source solution – making it free to use, change, and edit as you see fit – this doesn’t mean that each and every WordPress tool, theme, or option out there is. You could be getting yourself into some very interesting legal hot water by operating under the assumption that everything involved with WordPress is open source and free to edit or change however you please – making it mission critical that you focus on the specific license for every detail you hope to change.
Cluttering up your code or creating semantics that only you will understand
This is another major issue that a lot of WordPress theme developers really struggle with, simply because they are used to working under their own workflow. But when you’re talking about a tool like WordPress, going into it understanding that folks are going to want to edit, change, and modify whatever they feel like whenever they feel like, putting out bad code only will frustrate and aggravate all of your potential customers or clients.
Now, this doesn’t mean that you have to operate under only the strictest web standards – which can in and of itself be a gigantic headache – but at the very least you should use easy to understand markup and semantics as often as you possibly can. Keep your code clean and neat, and offer whatever assistance you can up front to avoid a lot of customer service and support requests in the future.
Bloat your WordPress theme simply because you don’t know how to strip it down
This goes hand-in-hand with the tip included above, and is just as – if not more so – important. WordPress is world-renowned for being a quick and lightweight CMS, but the amount of coding that you do behind the scenes for your particular WordPress theme can have a devastating effect on the load times that all of your customers and clients are able to enjoy. Make sure that you strip and rip all unnecessary details out, leaving only what is essential and necessary to get the job done, make your code clean and understandable, and provide the flexibility and performance that people are expecting.
yaa it migtht be possible but if you will think and follow your tips than it mistake will not done again..
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Thank you for sharing this wordpress design tips. I have a wordpress blog and it took me quite some time to know the do’s and don’ts in working on it. What you have pointed out are exactly the mistakes I encountered. By pointing out this, you have helped many bloggers (wordpress bloggers ) learn how to deal with this teething problems in setting up a blog.
Hi Brown Williams, Welcome to my blog.
I’m glad you liked the post. Nothing is easy on internet and you know without proper knowledge we can’t do anything. Same goes to blogging and WordPress Theme design development.
You can see there are lot of themes designers but just few are good like Genesis themes, Thesis, WooThemes, myThemesshop, because their developer are talented and have good design skill, we should learn the design tips from them.
In this post we have shared some comon mistakes that ever designer should avoid. glad to heard that understood the design process.
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i am agree with you..if we dont have any knowledge,we can not do anything..same like in wordpress theme development..so we must be study again and again to improve it….
You’re very right Faris,
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Hello Edward and welcome to Ajnabii’s blog,
What a nice and lovely article mate. you really did point out some things that newbie bloggers should look out for. this article is great and needs a share 🙂
Yes I agree, Edward shared some useful tips about Themes developments mistakes for newbies.
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Nice tips given here in this article brother thanks for taking time to sharing this valuable informations with us!
You’re welcome Anis! 🙂
Creating semantics that only I understand, crossed out. I’m just happy that I read this. Thanks! I’ll keep these in mind! :))
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Yeah, I admit that I need these info big time. Thanks a lot. I’m using wordpress and I am so thankful that I read this! Kudos! 🙂
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Nice post and Thanks for sharing this important wordpress design tips with us. This post surely gonna help all the newbies as in starting lots of problem were faced by us but with the help of this post we can easily removed these errors.
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It’s very nice and helpful tips for WordPress theme development. After read it no one can mistake in wordpress theme development.
Glad to know that you found the tips helpful.
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Innovative tips are provided. Today’s small-small business developer has their own website just because they think they easily get connect with world by making websites n all, but at same time they are not aware about the problems.
After reading this article, I realize that developing themes is not as easy as it might seem. Now, I understand why e have to pay a lot for buying premium ones- it is because the careful thought that goes into each one of them.
Ambika who said that developing a WordPress theme is an easy task? Proper research, skills, knowlwdge about HTML, php, CSS, graphic, and most important thing compability with WordPress version. Most of developers fails to match the theme with wordPress version. At the end I want to say don’t play with WordPress themes until you have good knoledge and skills about theme. Otherwise you’ll face lot of issues.
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Thanks for your good advice and helping psot. I will follow all the steps.
Thank you so much for sharing the tips on wordpress themes. My website has a blog build on wordpress Thesis 2.0, and some of the tips given here will obviously help me improve. Thank you so much.
Thanks for your Advice its really Useful article from today i will follow your rules so i can’t make mistake again in future.
Thanks for Sharing this Article. I am new WordPress bloger And I have faced that problem many times.