Design/build: WordPress themes

from design prototype to theme : how to get started

part 3: the content + structure

Before you can begin your theme build, your website has to have its content. This goes with our working method of ‘content out’ and has very practical reasons for the theme build. As webpages on our WordPress site are presented via settings, content in database and theme settings – you’ll have to prepare your website, input content (exemplary at least) and set up the site menu. Once content is in and structure in place, you’re ready to build the theme.

The following is a quick summary of the video for reference.


As with any other site, content has to come first. Now we will technically have to have content to work with in order to preview our theme later. This next step will require planning for the content structure of your site, this time applied to the website via the admin settings.

Add exemplary content in accordance with your IA, creating pages, setting up new categories and publishing posts.

Any theme will require at least some content to show its layout and design as planned. Continue to add/publish your content until you have each content type represented well. Remove any defaults, or edit/update them accordingly.

April 12th, 2020 by prisca