This weekend I did not do anything for my forum or the mods there. I took some time to play around with WordPress. I read a great tutorial from “Small Potato”: “So you want to create WordPress themes huh?” and it took me two days to finish the tutorial and validate all the code.
The complete lesson is 16 steps and the way it is laid out it made me understand the basics behind WordPress and the reasoning behind the files and some of the basic structuring used with WordPress. To modify this blog I need to know some of the basics and “Small Potato” explained it in an easy way and by following his advice of typing the instructions instead of “Copy and Paste” them makes sense now.
I setup another blog to test, that way this blog would stay alive and be readable. The final Theme is very simple, no images and minimal styling. I am making a copy of it so I can tweak it to see what I can break. In the end I hope to have a unique skin that will be only here on IPB Tips. Next step will be creating a nice three column fluid layout that is XHTML compliant and validate.
Talking about validate, I still have an [Validation Issue] v263 - WordPress Default 1.6 theme and I’m adding a link to my entry there so I can find it. The validation issue is with the “aria-required=’true’” statement in comments.php and my search on Google and WordPress did not turn up anything similar. I found and entry with “aria-required=’true’” as an issue when using reCAPTCHA. I do not think that issue was with reCAPTCHA, that sounds like the same issue I have.
So the IPB Tip theme or skin as I think of it is in production. My first try is plugin ready and with some tweaking I should be ready to add it here soon. Don’t forget to visit “Small Potato” if you are looking for some great tutorials or even some custom work for your blog.