Design theme for wordpress web site tutorial.

I am continuing with my works on this wordpress blog again. I have made a little pause, having some other stuff to do and now I am back with new ideas.

It take some time for this tutorial to be done, the reason is I make the whole design in 1 tutorial this time. As I said I have promised I’ll made a change with my tutorials and that’s it. You should not wait for tutorials to come 1 by 1 but I decided to make it in on big tutorial.

So here it is: 2 videos, 5 minutes each will give you a brief explanation of how this theme was designed. It’s called Fresh green. Later on a new post I will post this theme for free download, but until then you can watch this tutorial, and why not try to make theme like this for wordpress too.

The best way for learning is practice, so why not try. Hope you find this tutorial useful…

First of all we should made the design for our theme in Photoshop. For this I have made this big tutorial in 2 parts, where you can see how I have designed this theme:

Part 1

Part 2

After your design is ready, the hard work comes… :)

Yes that was the fun part, next you should crop the theme, I have already make a tutorial for this and you can find it here: Crop Theme tutorial

In short. First you should crop the header background image. The search box image and search button, the post and sidebar background images. Also the footer and so on…

All this you can find in my earlier tutorial there.

After you crop the theme you should begin to work on the CSS and HTML. You can find all my tutorials which can help you about this here: Design WordPress Theme Tutorials

In short, you can begin with the header. Let me show you what’s new I have add in this theme:

For the header:

My old header was 1 div with fixed width and height where my logo and search box placed. In the new header I was having the need to add a background image. So I make a new div called Header wrapper where I placed the old Header div.

The Header wrapper CSS is like this:

#headerwrapper{
background: #9daa74;
width: 100%;
height:134px;
}

The header CSS is this:

#header{
background-image:url(images/header.jpg);
background-repeat:no-repeat;
width: 1200px;
height:134px;
margin-left:auto;
margin-right:auto;
}

The purpose of this is to make our header background in the center and the Header wrapper width to be infinite. In this way my header background will be always in the center and the wrapper green color will be at 100% of your browser window always no matter if you resize it or zoom in zoom out the page.

The search box

The searchbox is made with the same technique as in my  Design a simple search box and search button tutorial. The only difference is the image I am using are other.

The navigation.

It’s almost the same as the old one except I use another image which duplicate itself and the width is at 100%  also, so only the CSS is a little bit different:

#menupages{
width: 100%;
padding-top:3px;
height:31px;
background-image:url(images/navigation_img.jpg);
background-repeat:repeat-x;
border-bottom:3px solid #cebb95;
font-size:11px;
font-weight: bold;
margin-left:auto;
margin-right:auto;
}

#menupages li{
display: inline;
margin-right:1px;
color:#000;
height:30px;
width: 75px;
}

#menupages li a{
color:#000000;
display: inline;
float:left;
height:25px;
width: 75px;
line-height:0px;
padding:5px 5px;
text-transform:uppercase;
}

#menupages li a:hover, {
display:block;
background-color:#eeeeee;
color:#808b60;
}

#menupages li.current-cat a {
background:#79939a;
}

The posts area is much different from my first theme.

Every 1 of my posts have a rounded corners at the top and at the bottom. For that purpose I have made a new divs which i have placed in all of my pages like this:

<div id=”posttopimage”></div>

All the divs like content, tags and php which we need for our post to work is here

and at the end of this code is this:

<div id=”postdownimage”></div>

And Here is the CSS for this:

.posttopimage{
height:13px;
width:801px;
float:left;
background-image:url(images/post/post_img_top.jpg);
background-repeat:no-repeat;
}

.postdownimage{
height:13px;
width:801px;
float:left;
background-image:url(images/post/post_img_bottom.jpg);
background-repeat:no-repeat;
margin-bottom:7px;
}

The side bar is made with the same technique.

The last thing I want to mention in this tutorial is the footer. I wanted to make a 3 column footer for this theme, which I have made using tutorial. The tutorial for this you can find here: Tutorial: Add 3 Centered Columns to WordPress Footer and I just changed the CSS to fit my needs.

Well that’s all about this theme. In my next post I will give you this nice theme for free download. I will modify it a little bit. I hope you like it and feel free to share this post, to comment and ask questions, give suggestions, and tell me your critique.

You can download the the free PSD for this theme here: Fresh Green Theme PSD (603)

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