Build Your Own Damn (WordPress) Website! (Because you’re sick of people doing it for you.)

Build your own damn website -- learn how to code your own WordPress theme from scratch!

In 2014 I released my first ever e-course on how to code your own WordPress theme from scratch. The course did really well and got some fabulous reviews:

“Highly recommended to any aspiring designer or web-developer.”
“Well worth the money. Highly recommend.”
“I’ve taken several similar courses, but this one was by far the best one! It was super easy to understand and follow along.”

But one of my goals for 2016 was to make the course even better. I’ve been working on it all year and… it’s ready!

Learn to code your own WordPress theme

There’s a whole new lesson plan, new theme files, and a new format (video).

Build Your Own Damn Website focuses on the PHP side of building a WordPress theme. You should already be pretty comfy with HTML and CSS (if not, check out Master Customizer), but the course picks up from there.

Some of the things you’ll learn in the course:

  • The structure of a WordPress theme and how the files work together.
  • What PHP is and how to use it.
  • Setting up the template files.
  • Working with and displaying navigation menus.
  • Setting up a blog post archive with pagination.
  • Registering widget areas and displaying them on your site (we walk through a typical sidebar and a footer widget area).
  • Creating a two column layout (with blog posts on the left and a sidebar on the right).
  • Understanding the template hierarchy (including posts, pages, search results, archives, and more).
  • Creating custom page templates (including a static, widgetized homepage).
  • Required CSS styles that you NEED in your style.css file.
  • Even how to use the Customizer and add your own custom settings! (Great if you want to sell pre-made themes.)
  • Making the visual editor look like the front-end of your site.
  • How to make your theme translation ready (a must-have for themes going in the repo or if you’ll be selling pre-mades).

This course is for…

  • Bloggers who like to design their own templates, but they’re sick of tweaking pre-made themes.
  • Freelancers who build websites for clients, but want to start creating custom templates instead of modifying existing ones.
  • Designers who dream of opening a pre-made theme shop.

Build Your Own Damn Website teaches you how to build a theme using WordPress standards and best coding practices. For years I’ve been selling pre-made themes, building custom themes for clients, and also have a theme in the official WordPress.org repository. I know how to build a good theme that follows all these standards and my goal is to pass that knowledge onto you.

This course is NOT for you if…

  • You don’t already know HTML or CSS. These languages aren’t taught in Build Your Own Damn Website!
  • You hate coding and you’d rather buy a pre-made theme or hire someone to build a theme for you.
  • You want to use a framework like Genesis. Build Your Own Damn Website teaches you how to code a theme from scratch (without frameworks or parent themes).
  • You don’t use the self-hosted WordPress platform.

Early bird pricing and a special bonus — until June 7th!

If you register between now and June 7th, then not only do you get a massive price discount, but you also get a bonus pre-order of my next mini course, Badass Theme Shop Owner. This course will walk you through everything you need to know about opening and running a pre-made theme shop.

Pricing options

E-Course + Badass Theme Shop Owner Pre-Order

  • Lifetime access to all course files.
  • Private help and support from me.
  • Preorder of the Badass Theme Shop Owner mini-course ($49 value), which walks you through everything you need to know about opening and running a theme shop.

Register ($229 $97)

* Special early bird pricing until June 7th

E-Course + Badass Theme Shop Owner Pre-Order + Theme Review

  • Lifetime access to all course files.
  • Private help and support from me.
  • Preorder of the Badass Theme Shop Owner mini-course ($49 value), which walks you through everything you need to know about opening and running a theme shop.
  • I will personally review and critique one theme coded by you. I will examine the code, test the theme, offer recommendations, and write a review that you may use in marketing material.

Register ($349 $197)

* Special early bird pricing until June 7th

Want more information?

For a complete lesson plan, FAQ, and more, visit the Build Your Own Damn Website page.

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