by Chris Coyier & Jeff Starr

WordPress Themes In Depth

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Just launched my new book WordPress Themes In Depth! This book literally is packed with over 450 pages of in-depth theme-building action. If you want to develop, customize, and distribute your own WordPress themes, I think you will benefit greatly from this book.

About WordPress Themes In Depth

For most of this year, I have been focused heavily on WordPress theme development, pouring every ounce of knowledge, experience, and inspiration into this book. It’s filled with practical information and is just the right balance of theory, application, and technique. The book includes lots of ready-to-go code snippets, tutorials, tricks, and tips. It’s basically a hands-on field guide for intermediate-level users who want to understand how themes work and build their own awesome WordPress themes.

The book goes in-depth on the following topics:

  • Setting up for theme development
  • WordPress theme fundamentals
  • Theme anatomy and the WP Theme Template
  • In-depth coverage of the WordPress Loop
  • Complete chapter on customizing themes
  • Theme development according to the WP API
  • Security, optimization & testing
  • Front-end techniques
  • How to share and sell your own themes
  • Two complete, step-by-step theme walkthroughs
  • Advanced tour of the premium 2020 theme

The book covers all of the awesome things that WordPress can do, like Theme Features, Custom Fields, Meta Boxes, Widgets, Theme Options, Theme Customizer, Actions & Filters, Custom Taxonomies, Custom Post Types, and much, much more. To get a better idea of all that this book contains, check out the official Demo:

WordPress Themes In Depth - DEMO

WordPress Themes In Depth

Bundled themes & demos

WordPress Themes In Depth includes five themes and over 20 Demos. Themes include:

  • Simplest Theme
  • DIY Theme (starter theme)
  • General Theme
  • shapeSpace
  • Tao of WordPress
  • 2020 (full-featured premium theme)

The book provides complete step-by-step tutorials for building the Simplest Theme, DIY Theme, and General Theme, and also features an in-depth walkthrough of the 2020 theme. You can see 2020 in action by visiting the book’s homepage. Throughout the book, these bundled themes are referred to as concrete examples to help facilitate learning.

The bundled Demos are plug-n-play examples of techniques covered in the book, including the following:

  • Custom fonts (via Google)
  • Custom fonts (direct CSS3 method)
  • PHP diagnostics
  • Mobile/responsive sticky dropdown menu
  • Full-size background image
  • Full-size background video
  • Lightbox functionality
  • @media queries
  • Random images via JavaScript
  • Random images via jQuery
  • Dynamic scroll-to-top link
  • Fixed-width content slider
  • Full-width content slider
  • Video slider
  • Social media buttons
  • Theme Customizer
  • Theme Options - Basic
  • Theme Options - Tabbed
  • Theme Options - Paged
  • Toggle anything with jQuery

The book goes through each of these front-end techniques step-by-step, using the demos as plug-n-play examples so you can “see” how it works while following along. And to help tie everything together, many of these techniques are included in the 2020 theme. Triple win :)

About the author

As you may know, I’ve been working with WordPress for over 10 years. During that time, I’ve developed over two hundred themes and scores of plugins. I also wrote The Tao of WordPress and co-authored Digging Into WordPress (with the man, Chris Coyier). As if that weren’t enough, I’ve written hundreds of tutorials on WordPress at Perishable Press, DigWP.com, and worked for two years as Editor for Smashing Magazine’s WordPress section.

With my new book, WordPress Themes In Depth, I bring all of this experience and knowledge together in a complete, focused guide that shows you how to master the art of building high-quality WordPress themes.

Get the book!

WordPress Themes In Depth is a beautifully designed book that contains over 450 finely crafted pages with clean layout and easy-to-read typography. Every page is meticulously designed in full color and 100% focused on WordPress theme development. Here are some of the book’s best features:

  • Full color
  • Hyperlinked
  • Searchable PDF format
  • Bundled themes & demos
  • Lots of copy/paste code samples
  • Helpful diagrams & tables
  • Concise & easy-to-read
  • 12 chapters / 450 pages
  • 300+ external resources
  • At-a-glance notes
  • Many tips & tricks

In addition to the Demo, here are some screenshots to give you an idea of what’s inside the book:

WordPress Themes In Depth - SCREENSHOTS

Check out more screenshots at Perishable Press.

Combo Deals

Combo deals are available to save big on my other books, The Tao of WordPress, Digging into WordPress and .htaccess made easy. Various bundles are available, visit the Perishable Press Book Store to learn more.

To celebrate the event, here is a coupon code to save $10 on WordPress Themes In Depth or anything in the store:


Apply the code during checkout for instant savings!

Get the book!

8 Responses

  1. It looks like a good promising deal. Themes are the soul of any blog.

  2. One of the devs I work with ended up taking a look at this book. We’re actually going to expense it, because we think it could really help us out. Great stuff man!

  3. Tony Silvestri September 25, 2014

    Wondered if there will be a print copy available?

    • Jeff Starr

      Unsure at this point.. it all depends on sales and how things go. It gets more expensive to print actual books every day. In any case, will announce here and elsewhere if/when we get any printed copies.

  4. Sajan Kota October 11, 2014

    I am an WordPress expert i have been working on 7 years. I have spent a lot of time going through the table of contents(map) and the screenshots. This is a must read. This is one of the best books for anyone who wants to master the art of WordPress theme development and distribute your own WordPress themes.

    Keep up the good work. Awesome job jeff.

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