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Customizing wordpress

I would like to see some courses on Wordpress design and development that involve a start to finish project (psd to html to Wordpress) including learning about filters and hooks within the Wordpress API.

BTW, the forum is a great idea and look forward to utilizing it with questions I have about future courses.

10 Answers

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

TL;DR Use either HotGloo or Cacoo

Most tutorials mention Photoshop for historical reasons, it's not even the Adobe product geared towards laying stuff out on the web that's Fireworks. Photoshop costs $700, which seems to have a poor return on inventment (ROI) given the other choices available.

Instead you can use the wireframing tools

The big 4 profressional tools are, a suitable professional price tag

  • Axure ($500)
  • Fireworks ($300)
  • Balsamiq ($80)
  • Omnigraffe ($80)

Then there are a few upstart paid online services:

  • HotGloo
  • UXPin
  • Mockingbird.

Finally there are a host of free choices such as Cacoo & Moqups.

Blair Rorani
Blair Rorani
6,658 Points

+1. Buy how to be a wordpress rockstar from rockablepress.com in the mean time.

Will do. Thanks Blair.

Kelley Kent
Kelley Kent
33,450 Points

James, thanks for posting the tutorial on Tuts Plus. I had an additional question. It seems like Photoshop is the go-to program for both the tutorial you mentioned and Treehouse. I am exploring with Wordpress now and don't have Photoshop and was wondering if this is something you recommend me getting. I have a program called Pixelmator which seems just as good as Photoshop but everyone seems to be using Photoshop.

@James - Thanks for the tuts link, looks very in depth and just what I am looking for.

Blair Rorani
Blair Rorani
6,658 Points

Great round up @james barnett.

Most graphic design can be done with CSS anyway so if u r game u can get a design working in html and css and then add the code to make your html work with Wordpress.

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+1 on the psd to html to wp.

I'm using GIMP 2.8 as the image editor, but even a tutorial with Photoshop would be useful.

Kelley Kent
Kelley Kent
33,450 Points

Thanks for the info James!

Great info James. I too am impatiently waiting for some more advanced WP tutorials about how to build responsive frameworks, panels and themes from scratch...