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WordPress: Build Custom Themes

Learn to Edit & Code Custom WordPress Themes

WordPress is not only a powerful blogging platform, it’s also a content management system (CMS). If you already know how to code webpages, you can use WordPress as a CMS so website updates are easier and your clients (non-coders) can edit the content themselves! To control the look of the site you create themes, which is the focus of this class. You can also add lots of functionality through the built-in features of WordPress and its many plugins. In this class you will learn how to install WordPress, modify existing themes (using child themes), and develop your own custom themes.

If you are not a coder, and simply want to learn how to use WordPress to edit and manage content, you should look at our WordPress: Create a Website or Blog class.

This course is designed for people who are already familiar with HTML and CSS. Knowledge of PHP is a plus, but is not required to take this class.

  • Wordpress isn’t just for blogs. You’ll learn how to create a custom template from scratch—turning your site into a powerful CMS.

  • Use custom templates to display your content any way you like.

  • We show you how to modify an existing theme to match your site.

  • Learn how easy it is to install WordPress on your own computer.

  • Learn to use some of the best “must-have” plugins available.

Upcoming Classes

Price: $650 Click for Discounts

  • 12 hours of Hands-On Training
  • Custom Written Workbook Included
  • Mac or PC
  • In New York City and Live Online

What You’ll Learn

Section 1
Setting Up The Local Server


  • Installing MAMP/XAMPP
Installing WordPress


  • Creating a Database
  • Installing WordPress
  • Creating a wp-config.php File
Installing Themes


  • Downloading a Theme from the WordPress Dashboard
  • Manually Installing a Theme
Creating a Child Theme


  • Importing Style Sheets
  • Adding Custom Header with Theme Name, Author, etc.
Modifying a Theme


  • Adding a Header Graphic
  • Customizing Links
  • Changing the Background

Section 2
Setting Up a WordPress Site


  • Installing Files
  • Creating a Database
Starting the MRP Theme


  • Setting Up the Theme
  • Creating Index.php
  • Swapping Static HTML for Dynamic PHP
The WordPress Loop


  • Displaying Posts
  • Adding/Customizing Posts
Continuing with the Loop


  • Displaying Post Time & Tags
  • Displaying Comments
  • Page Navigation
  • Fallback Content
Section 3
Splitting the Page into Templates


  • Creating Header, Footer, and Sidebar Templates
  • Adding Header and Footer Functions
Creating a Page for Single Posts


  • Making the Post Template
  • Adding a Comment Form
  • Customizing the Comments’ CSS
Creating Pages


  • Creating the Page Template
  • Adding the Title
  • Adding New Pages
  • Inserting Images
Customizing the Nav Menu


  • Creating functions.php
  • Creating the Menu
  • Customizing the Menu Order
Section 4
Customizing the Sidebar


  • Registering New Sidebars
  • Adding Widgets to Sidebars
  • Installing an Image Widget
Creating a Custom Page Template


  • Creating a Custom Template
  • Creating a Custom Query in the Loop
Adding a Contact Form


  • Installing the Contact Form 7 Plugin
  • Adding the Form to a Page
Uploading a WordPress Site


  • Exporting a Database
  • Modifying the SQL to Use Appropriate Absolute URLs
  • Uploading WordPress
  • Importing a Database

Why Train With Noble?

27 Years of Experience

Noble Desktop has been teaching computer graphics and web development since 1991. In all those years we have perfected the craft of teaching. If students get hung up on any issue, we tweak the class to make it work better. Every instructor uses the same time-tested curriculum we have developed. Ask around: Noble Desktop has a stellar reputation for exceptional computer graphics training.

Our Teaching Method is Better

We don't ask you to simply "follow along," copying what the instructor does. Instead we ask you to focus 100% attention on the lesson at hand. Only after the lesson do you then put into practice what you have learned by working on a computer with our step-by-step workbooks. This "learn, then practice" method results in the student learning and retaining much more than traditional "follow along" classes.

We Wrote the Book Ourselves

Most of our classes include a custom training workbook written by our top instructors. Take it home with you: with step-by-step exercises and power-user keyboard shortcut guides, it’s like having a refresher course right on your desk. We wrote the book ourselves because we couldn't find any book that was good enough. Now our books are being used by other schools and training centers worldwide.

We Provide Computers, Mac or PC

Since when did training centers expect you to "bring a laptop"? Noble Desktop has always had classrooms full of computers, Mac and PC. Each computer is loaded with software and has a 19-inch monitor. The next time you are asked to "bring a laptop," ask why you aren't being provided a computer. Noble Desktop always has up-to-date equipment in our state-of-the-art classrooms.

Not Just Anyone Can Teach

All our instructors are working professionals who bring on-the-job experience to the classroom. But we don't just let anyone teach a course. How many experts do you know who can't teach? We've learned to audition and test our instructors. Only after they have been through our screening process will they be put in front of students. And they are required to use our time-tested curriculum, assuring a positive learning experience for all our students. Read our instructor bios.

Money-Back Guarantee

We’re the only school to offer an unconditional money-back guarantee. If within the first half of the class you don’t absolutely love it, we’ll give you a full refund. Please note any request needs to be made before the halfway point of any class.

We Are NY State-Licensed, and Adobe Authorized

When looking at a computer training school, check to see if they are NY State-licensed. Any school in New York should be licensed by law. Noble Desktop follows state-issued guidelines for curriculum development and teacher licensing. Adobe Authorized means our instructors have passed the rigorous Adobe Certification Exam, and that we follow Adobe's quality-control standards.

Our Students Love Us! 2200+ Testimonials and Counting

We offer our guarantee because we think we’re the best—but don’t take our word for it. Ask more than 2200 industry professionals who have enjoyed our classes and are putting what they learned to use on the job. Read their testimonials.