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Building Custom WordPress Theme

This is the Chapter II of the Complete WordPress Theme Guide series. This chapter will show you how to build a custom WordPress theme. Although the Codex site provides very good documentations on how to create a theme, but I find it too complicated for a beginner. In this tutorial, I will explain the basics of how WordPress theme works and show you how to convert a static HTML template into a theme. No PHP skill is required, but you need Photoshop and CSS skills to create your own design.

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Installing WordPress Locally

This is the first chapter of the Complete WordPress Theme Guide series. In this chapter, you will learn how to install WordPress on a local computer. By doing so, it will save you time from updating and previewing files (so, you don't have to frequently upload files on every change). You can also use the local version to test new plugins, themes, and upgrades. This tutorial is intended for beginners who want to learn how to run WordPress locally.

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Complete WordPress Theme Guide

Based on a recent poll I've conducted, many readers are interested in learning how to build a custom WordPress theme. So, in upcoming posts on Web Designer Wall, I'm going to write a complete WordPress guide on how to install WordPress and customize theme. Below is a table of content of the guide (links will be updated as soon the posts are published):

Chapter 1: Installing WordPress Locally

Chapter 2: Building Custom WordPress Theme

Chapter 3: Moving and Exporting WordPress

How to: CSS Large Background 495

How to: CSS Large Background

Since I posted the huge collection of Large Background Websites, I received several email requests on how to make a large background site with CSS. So, I thought it would be a good idea to share my techniques on designing large background websites. In this tutorial, I will provide various CSS examples on how you can create a large background site using either a single or double images.

Free Conference Pass to FOWD 372

Free Conference Pass to FOWD

I'm very excited to announce that I will be speaking at Future of Web Design - New York 2008. The event will take place in New York City between November 3 & 4, 2008. I will be presenting a 20 minute speech on "Finding Inspiration from your Environment". Thanks to the courtesy of Carsonified, the first 50 person who purchase conference passes gets a 15% discount by entering the coupon code: FOWD/WDW. In addition, we are giving out one FREE pass. For your chance to get a free conference pass, simply enter a comment in this post before Oct 9, 2008.

Update: The contest is now closed and the winner is: Dawn Sword

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80 Large Background Websites

As the monitor resolution and internet speed is advancing, it seems like more and more designers use over-sized photo or illustrated image as the website's background. Large background image can create the stunning visual effect, especially for high resolution monitors. It can also add more life to your site design compared to the traditional tiled background graphic. Here is a collection of 80 websites that used large image as the site background (must-see, you won't be disappointed).

Launch: Design Jobs on the Wall 83

Launch: Design Jobs on the Wall

I’m very excited to announce the launch of Design Jobs on the Wall. It is a job board mainly focused on design jobs. The pricing for posting a full-time job is only $75 and $50 for freelance jobs. Don’t miss out the opening special; enter the coupon code ‘promo’ to receive 50% off the first job listing. When you post your job openings here, it will be instantly featured on Web Designer Wall as well as other design related websites. Hopefully this board will bring more job opportunities to Web Designer Wall’s readers.

Thanks to Justin from Scheetz Designs for coding the backend of the job board.