Resources on wordpress theme-development


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What are the best resources for Wordpress theme-development? I am currently in the phase of starting my own blog, and don't want to use one of the many free themes. I already have a theme for my website, so I want to read about best-practices.

Any advice on how to get started would be very welcome :)


I have now created my theme (wohoo!), and thought I should summarize the best resources I found. Lets see..


<li><a href="" rel="nofollow noreferrer">ThemeTation's three-part guide to create a wordpress-theme from scratch</a></li>
<li><a href="" rel="nofollow noreferrer">'s guide: How to Create a Wordpress Theme from Scratch</a><br>
Didn't actually use this, it's a quite new article, but anyway - it's great. It will get a follow-up in the next few days too..</li>
<li><a href="" rel="nofollow noreferrer">'s own guide on templates</a><br>
Definatly a must-read for everyone new to wordpress-designing.. </li>
<li><a href="" rel="nofollow noreferrer">"The loop"</a><br>
Essential knowledge, also a must-read</li>
<li><a href="" rel="nofollow noreferrer">Directory of all the template tags</a><br>
Used by wordpress to actually output blog-content..</li>


<li>Smashing Magazine's lists: <a href="" rel="nofollow noreferrer">first</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow noreferrer">one more</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow noreferrer">yet another one</a></li>
<li><a href="" rel="nofollow noreferrer">'s theme-directory</a></li>