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WordPress Theme Development - The Basics, Part 1 - #8

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Published: April 10, 2020

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2 minutes
Video Duration
1:04:30 minutes

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Now that we have installed WordPress, let's get started on creating a custom theme. We utilize Bootstrap to create a WordPress theme from scratch. In this tutorial, we go over the basic file structure and commonly used WordPress functions to build a custom WordPress theme from scratch.

By the end of this tutorial, you will have built a custom WordPress theme, integrated Bootstrap, create your page template, archive template, single template, menus, widgets, header, and footer. Basically, you will be well on your way to customizing your own WordPress themes.


View other videos in this series:

1. The Basics:

2. Custom Post Types:

3. Custom Meta & Shortcodes:

4. Routes & Shortcodes:

Download this project:

You can download the complete (simple) theme we built using the following link. Please remember this was built as a tutorial and I do not warranty this theme if you choose to use it on your own website. It was created for usage within this video series and as a starting point for your theme.

Download here:

Applications Used

Visual Studio Code v1.43:

WAMP v3.2.0:


Computer Hardware:

Windows 10 Pro: (Amazon)

Samsung 500GB External SSD: (Amazon)

Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD 1TB - M.2 NVMe: (Amazon)

Rosewill Hive-750S R750W PSU: (Amazon)

Phanteks Eclipse Tempered Glass Case: (Amazon)

MSI Arsenal Gaming AMD Ryzen Motherboard: (Amazon)

MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 2060 Super 8GB: (Amazon)

LG 34UM69G-B 34-Inch 21:9 UltraWide IPS Monitor: (Amazon)

Corsair 64GB (4 x 16GB) DDR4 Memory: (Amazon)

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Processor: (Amazon)

Dell XPS 15 9500 15.6" Laptop / Windows: (Amazon)

Lenovo ThinkPad T15 15.6" Laptop / Linux: (Amazon)


Fujifilm X-T3: (Amazon)

Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4: (Amazon)


Audio Technica AT2020: (Amazon)

Blue Snowball iCE: (Amazon)


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