Our new book is out!

…and we’ve got a fab new companion site to go with it. Check out the WordPress Visual Quickstart Guide: Second Edition site.

WordPress Visual QuickStart Guide Companion Site

We created a simple, usable theme to complement the cover design of the new edition of our WordPress book.

Designing for WordPress is one of our favorite things – and writing about it is a close second. We were lucky enough to do both for this project, creating a companion theme to the book as part of the process of walking users through the creation of a simple theme from scratch.

Simple is the key word here; we’ve got a few bells and whistles, but for the most part this theme is a simple showcase of the power of WordPress.

Here are some of the features of this custom theme:

Posts | WordPress Visual QuickStart Guide

As part of a tutorial on integrating custom fonts, we changed the titles on our theme to use Google Fonts.

Jessica Neuman Beck | WordPress Visual QuickStart Guide

Author pages help visitors get a better idea of who writes the articles as well as providing an overview of that author's published work.

  • Text-based header, which pulls in both the site title and the tagline from the WordPress admin
  • Author pages, which display each author’s profile information as well as a Gravatar and links to their published articles on the site
  • An author overview section at the bottom of each post
  • A simple portfolio section, which uses custom post types to display a thumbnail image, URL, description and relevant tags for each portfolio item
  • Google Ads integration in the sidebar

And maybe the coolest part? You can download the whole theme. For free.

Buy the book at Peachpit Press, and download the sample theme on our companion site. And don’t forget to let us know what you think!


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