Design/build: WordPress themes

from design prototype to theme : how to get started


Easy WP Guide

While there’s tons to learn to build a theme for WordPress, you’ll of course have to be familiar with using it for content publishing in the first place. This is an excellent manual, written for publishers and available to read for free online ~ well worth checking out before diving deeper into themes. A simple, […]

pretty permalinks

We can choose to install our WP site into the root directory of our server, or keep the files within a sub-folder. My usual approach is to place all WP files into a folder in root. This allows for the holding page in the main directory to remain in place while the theme is being […]

recommended plugin: ACF

Advanced Custom Fields is a WordPress plugin which allows you to add extra content fields to your WordPress edit screens. This is ideal for scenarios when you want to present quite specific details in a formatted way, e.g. a directory of people or places. Check out the plugin + documentation NOTE: There are 2 versions […]


There will be times when things go wrong, as with any web setup. The dreaded white screen of death might rear its ugly head, or the connection to database seems broken. The causes of such errors vary: a WP update might have thrown up errors with plugins that previously worked but have not been updated; […]

cookie error fix

There is one seemingly common issue you might get while working on your sites: an odd error stating the lack of cookie support (despite correct details given and cookies enabled). “ERROR: Cookies are blocked or not supported by your browser. You must enable cookies to use WordPress.” Usually, once you’re set up and switching themes, […]

summary of theme build

A few notes on how to prepare for a theme build, from planning, content and prototype to WordPress setup and configurations for structure.