I develop WordPress plugins, and I may even have assisted with the base code but I’ve never created a theme before. I’ve modified my own, but always from existing themes.
When time permits I intend to change that and create my own theme. Whether it will be a commercial release or not, I haven’t yet decided. As it’s my first it probably won’t be.
My plan is for the following…
- A fully integrated back-end that will naturally integrate with WordPress. Too many theme setting pages stick out like a sore thumb, with their own styling. This will look like it’s part of WordPress and will be accessible from the main admin menus, not hidden away in the Themes screen
- HTML5 and responsive design
- Retina images supported
- Full and fixed width options
- Built-in support for particular plugins, where theme modification would be required for optimum results – although these will all be optional
- Written from the ground-up using built-in WordPress capabilities where at all possible. Error free and compliant code will ensure it’s simple, slick and slimline
- Best pracises (YSlow, Google Page Speed) followed to ensure a fast website
- Support for child themes
- Ability to easily use Google fonts
- JQuery used throughout to add quality and non-evasive effects
You never know – I may make it so good I want to use it for this site 😉
If you have any ideas of your own that you’d like to see then please leave a comment.
- SEO optimised
- Microformat and microdata support
- Automatic installation of plugins required to display theme correctly. Optional plugins will be prompted and there will be multiple support for each type (e.g. breadcrumbs featured would suggest all of the most popular solutions).
- Automattic have now released their theme guide – any such theme will meet these criteria
- Various elements of Jetpack would be supported – Photon, Infinite Scroll, etc.