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1 WordPress Premium Themes THEY CAN BE FAST BUT THEY’RE FAR FROM FOOLPROOF

2 Introduction  Intended audience – beginning designers & developers  Six main topic segments  Pros & cons  An opportunity to learn as much as you can  Workflow Recommendations  Three examples:  Commercial – ICR  Triggr Creative  Resources  What the future holds  Review + Q & A

3 Pros & Cons  Pros  Way to get started  Build a portfolio  Professional finished look  Provides a solid framework for child themes  Lots of opportunities to learn from the Pros  Cons  It’s not your design  Function follows form  Pricing conundrum  Premium themes seldom mean premium clients  Can facilitate some bad habits

4 Learning – Theme Types  Free & Vetted – WordPress Dashboard  Premium or Paid – Upload in the Dashboard  Watch for double-zipped packages  Theme Frameworks:  Genesis by StudioPress  Headway  Elegant Themes  Thesis  Builder – iThemes  WooThemes  Gantry

5 Learning - Installing  Installation in WP 3.9  Free & Vetted  Preview | Install | Activate  Premium & Frameworks  Vetted | Previewed outside of WordPress  Upload Zip File (watch for double zipped files)  Install | Activate

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7 Learning – File Structure  Theme file structure  Core files (wp-content/themes/ by default)  Style sheets  Templates  Functions.php (optional)  JavaScript

8 Learning – Client Interaction  KNOW and Set Firm Development Goals  Always think of yourself as a Professional in the making  15 mos. Or 5 websites WECF  As soon as my portfolio is ready  Get Solid Agreements with Prospects & Clients  Firm Deliverables (and Payment Milestones)  Under Promise and Over Deliver

9 Workflow Recommendations  Look thoroughly and choose carefully  Make sure core functionality is supported – Sales support  Core feature set  Menus, Widgets, etc.  Look for Framework possibilities  Look for Child theme possibilities

10 Workflow Recommendations  Local Development Environment (Staging Server?)  No “FTP Commando”  Tools  Codex – Always Start Here  Inspect Element – Your Sherlock Holmes Spyglass  SOS – Start Out Simple  Examine Alternatives that are a Good Fit for You

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12 Three Examples  Trigger Creative  CREON Template Monster  My Michigan Lakefront Home  Simple Press from Elegant Themes  Insite Commercial Realty  TurnKey from MoJo Themes

13 Resources & Tools  Codex  Template Hierarchy  Inspect Element – Google Chrome Development Tools  Dreamweaver  Lynda.com  Tuts+Premium  Sublimerge – Sublime Text

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20 Resources – Sites  Choosing a Theme  http://www.premiumwp.com/best-premium-wordpress-themes- collection/  http://themeforest.net/  http://www.woothemes.com/  http://www.templatemonster.com/  http://www.elegantthemes.com/  http://www.studiopress.com/  http://athemes.com/collections/best-wordpress-theme-frameworks/

21 Resources – Sites  Sites for Premium Theme | Website Comparisons  http://www.templatemonster.com/demo/39256.html  http://triggrcreative.com/  http://www.mojo-themes.com/item/turnkey-a-simple-real-estate- theme-for-wordpress/  http://fusethemes.com/demos/turnkey-standard/ - MoJo Themes  http://insitecommercialrealty.com/  http://www.elegantthemes.com/demo/?theme=SimplePress  http://mymichiganlakefronthome.com/

22 Resources – Sites  Other Resources  https://github.com/manovotny/wptest  http://wptest.io/  http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Development  http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Themes  http://serverpress.com/products/desktopserver/  http://www.sublimerge.com/  http://tommcfarlin.com/

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