My first experience with editing a theme for WordPress was on my own blog. I modified two different themes before I settled on the one I currently have. I learned that you can get some really nice themes for free, but I also learned that the best free themes tend to be pretty popular. Since I want my blog to be unique, like me, I opted to make some small changes to the styles and graphics. Fortunately professional themes tend to include PSD files, which are layered image files used by Adobe Photoshop. This makes it much easier to change existing graphics instead of having to create all new graphics.
For my new background I actually merged two of the backgrounds included with the theme and then changed some of the other graphics to better coordinate with the background. I also put my name on the background to make it more personalized and altered some of the layout for the front page.
I still have quite a few changes planned, possible a whole new theme, but for now I’m happy with how it reflects who I am and the functionality built into it.
I will say that I just moved over to a new server and into a multi-user WordPress environment so that I can create multiple blogs for design purposes, so there are several options I still have to setup on my blog.
To better see what I have done please visit my blog and the demo for the theme I used from Woo Themes.
Marty Duane says
Cool, cool! Figure out some sort of “Blog Button” we can put on my website to refer people to you.
Great designing of this site!
Sergio Felix says
Just checking out your site man, I’m a bit confused here, you started with WooThemes but now you’re using the Genesis framework right?
Do you really recommend for Woo Themes buyers to go for the PSD features on the membership or is it not that worth it?
Thanks in advance,
PS. I’ll be commenting here and there on your site on these days. I know you have information here that can help me a lot.
I personally don’t use Woo any more. The price point is more than I’m willing to pay when I don’t have to and the way the themes are done make for a lot more work compared to working with a true framework like Genesis. I’m not joking when I say I can code 3-4 times faster on Genesis than I can WooThemes.
As for paying extra to get PSDs, I never used the full PSDs even though I had access to them. I use them if a client provides a full PSD but other than that I build a wire frame then code the CSS directly and make individual images as needed. If you are a developer that always works from a full PSD then it is probably worth it.