I don’t know about you, but I’ve been working with WordPress for many, many years, and have greatly admired people who can create wonderful WordPress themes. The most I can do is log into the WordPress admin area and scroll through the different available themes, download one and click “activate”. Badda Bing. Job done. But the free themes always seemed to require customization which was just beyond my simplistic editing (hacking) know-how. I’ve always wondered how the heck people design wonderful-looking themes… are they graphic-design geniuses, or what?
Well, it turns out that you can create great-looking WordPress themes without knowing a lick of CSS, HTML or the latest DOCTYPES. Phew, what a relief, eh?
I recently stumbled across a cool piece of software which lets you create WordPress-friendly themes while customizing things like background graphics, header graphics, number of columns, column width, font size, font type, font color, table spacing and TONS more, all within the “sandbox” of the software. When you’re happy with the look of your theme, you simply export it, upload it to your WordPress “theme” directory and activate it within your WordPress admin area. It was so easy, I had a theme I was 100% happy with uploaded to my blog in about 30 minutes, starting from knowing nothing about theme design or the software.
The software is called Artisteer. I used it to make the theme currently at my 3DTV reviewer blog.
You can download Artisteer and play with it for free (like I did), but any themes you create will carry watermarks. To nuke the watermark, you have to buy the software. For me, it was a no-brainer. I loved the theme I created, and Artisteer saved me having to either learn CSS and WordPress theme design or pay a professional each time I wanted a new theme. With Artisteer I can create as many as I like, for just the one-time registration fee.
To download the Artisteer free trial for yourself, click here.
[disclosure notice: the above link is an affiliate link. If you download the software and end up buying it, I’ll earn a commission.]
I hope you find the ability to quickly and easily create your own WordPress themes using Artisteer as much fun as I do!
Here’s a video about creating WordPress themes using Artisteer…
I have a passion for 3D technology and am excited that 2010 seems to be the year when 3D tech goes mainstream. With that in mind, I started the blog http://www.3dtvreviewer.co.uk which gets between 5,000 to 10,000 visits per month and is quickly becoming a top 3D tech blog for the UK.