Before reading this article, make sure to check out part 1! Now, while there are some out there who know all the WordPress template tags off the top of their head (I’m not quite there yet), for the rest of us it helps to have a place to start. In a best case scenario, you just pull out your already prepared WordPress theme, loaded with all the features you like to use, and simply replace the existing style sheet with your own. But for the sake of this tutorial, we’re going to work with the good old default WordPress theme (Kubrick).
What we’re going to do is take the default WordPress theme, clean it up, and then use it as a starting point for making our own.
To get started, copy the “default” theme from your WordPress installation (located in wp-content/themes/) and paste it in a new folder along with a copy of your design. You do these steps anyway you like, but I find it helps to keep things organized.
As you may have guessed, to avoid any confusion when it comes time to upload, I’ve renamed the “default” theme to “blog_theme”.
More to Come…