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Nuovo theme update: trying to get the theme options stuff going

So it's been a while. Actually that's an understatement. It's been about two months since I last touched the Nuovo theme, mostly because this semester has been killer. But now that I feel like I've been able to get a handle on the semester, I'm looking to getting back into the saddle with theme.

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Nuovo update: stopped dead in its tracks

College life is hard, eh? Between the getting ready for class, making sure you have everything on the course's syllabus and doing homework and whatnot, some extra stuff kind of gets forgotten. Case in point, the Nuovo theme

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Nuovo update: work comes to a bit of a halt

So coming into this build (which is what I've decided to call this), my biggest fear was that after a while I would get a bit disinterested and move on and never finish creating this theme.

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Nuovo update: slow, but needed changes made to home page

So I didn't get much done this weekend on the theme as I had hoped. A busy schedule and the task of taking down and putting away the Christmas decorations hindered my attempts to hammer out a lot of things that need changing. But I did manage to get a lot changed on the home page.

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Nuovo update: things starting to really come together

Wow. What a difference a week makes. After feeling like nothing was going right with the testing of the theme over the weekend, this past week has been a huge success in getting things the way they need to be with the theme.

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Nuovo update: live testing will be a challenge

Things were going to easy not to run into a major issue with the build. After taking less than a week to build the theme from the ground up, it could take a month or so to debug it and make it the way I had envisioned it.

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Nuovo theme update: actually ahead of schedule for a change

Well, that turned out better than I had planned. Earlier this week, I set my goal for the week to finish the home template and single post template. The home template was a bit of a challenge. I'm trying out some new things (or at least to me they're new) with the featured posts slideshow and had four areas for other posts to be shown on the homepage. The single post template actually was quite simple, though there are somethings with the meta data (i.e. the date, the author, tags, etc.) that I hope turn out the way I expect them too. But I got that done in two days.

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Nuovo theme update: getting down to the tricky part

Two days in to getting down to business and so far it's been pretty smooth sailing. But then again, all I really got done was the header and footer templates, the CSS that goes along with that and some functions put into the function.php file. Now I get into the really fun stuff.

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Hurdles cleared to get started on ‘Nuovo’ WordPress theme

Roughly two months or so after I kind of got started on developing a WordPress theme for the WordPress theme directory, I'm ready to get serious about starting to create this theme thanks to the final hurdle cleared to begin the build.

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The start of what will be a very, very long process: building a WordPress theme

So I've finally decided that I'm going to tackle the beast. That beast just so happens to be creating a WordPress theme and successfully getting it into the WordPress Theme Directory. I have learned from prior experiences that that is no easy task, but I can also say that I've learned a lot since then and maybe this time around I will find more success.