The key to creating a professional-looking WordPress website is to use high-quality commercial themes and good graphics. In under 2 hours this course delivers in-depth feature tours and demonstration of 5 of the most popular commercial theme frameworks on the web (StudioPress, WooThemes, ElegantThemes, Thesis, and OptimizePress), as well as an advanced tutorial on the excellent free Weaver theme framework. We cover fundamental things you need to know before you choose a theme for your professional services or ecommerce website, so that you don't end up at a dead-end with an unsuitable theme and have to start fresh. Through numerous examples and commentary on websites created by WP Academy students you will be inspired to create your own professional-looking website that may be indistinguishable from a website created by a professional designer for $2000 or more.
There is no other course on the internet that gives you so much practical and directly actionable information in such a brief time to short-cut your becoming a proficient web designer, either for your own business sites or as an additional income source. Several of the lectures have been made "free" -- feel free to preview them below and find out what you are going to learn.
- How to choose a theme
Outside tour of Associate theme
Inside tour of Associate and Genesis themes
Populating home page widget areas
Adding a slider
Other StudioPress examples
Outside tour of ElegantThemes Feather theme
Inside tour of Feather
Populating home page
Other ElegantThemes examples
WooThemes Fresh News build
Other WooThemes examples
Tour of OptimizePress
Creating a squeeze page
Creating a sales page
Thesis 1.8 build
Thesis 1.8 or 2.0?
Thesis 1.8 installation & quick tour
Adding header & navbar
Adding Meteor Slider
Adding center-page 4x2 table
Adding footer widgets in Thesis
- Using Firebug CSS inspection tool; creating CSS overrides
- Weaver advanced tutorial
- What is a responsive theme?
How to learn more
- WP Academy additional courses and program
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