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

Nuovo

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.

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    Nitpick cleaning on one theme and starting designing another

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    So in the past couple of weeks, I’ve found that it’s easier to create a theme than it is to go through and nitpick and clean it. Case in point, this week it’s taken me a while to knock down the number of HTML validation errors from 160 to 91, though a good majority of that came Thursday. And that was on the homepage alone. I assume that validation errors aren’t that exciting, but there’s some good news on the computer front.

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    Juggling two themes at once

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    To say things have been a bit slow in trying to clean up and fix up the Nuovo theme might be a bit of an understatement. While I finally got rid of the vast majority of HTML markup on the homepage, doing that for the rest of the templates has been much more slow going. The biggest reason is that I’ve just been busy with other things–including getting ready to head back to Austin and the web design job I picked up a couple of weeks ago.

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    Now the waiting game begins

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    So a little after posting last week’s update on the Nuovo theme, I finally really reached the point where it wasn’t really worth getting into the super fine details of cleaning up the theme and decided to test the waters of the WordPress Theme Review and see what happens. And now the waiting games begin.

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    Still waiting and still creating mock ups

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    So the news on the Nuovo Theme is that there’s no news. It hasn’t been reviewed yet, although it seems to be in good company as there are many more themes as old if not older that have yet to be touched by the WordPress theme reviewers, which is understandable given the scope of how many themes need reviewing.

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    Done with the designs, now onto the production

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    So even with the busy and crazy schedule I have now with college starting up again and essentially three jobs to juggle, I’ve found the time to finish off the mobile designs for Giornalismo (not that’s anything too hard given the fact that I need only one design per template). But with that done, it’s now time to the most fun part of the build, and I say that sincerely: the coding.

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    Learning how to HTML5

    So now I’ve reached the fun part in creating this Giornalismo theme: the actual creating. Now is the time where things all come together and all of the ideas I’ve had in planning how this thing will work all get put into motion.

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    Needing to fix Nuovo for theme directory

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    So there’s good news, pretty good news and bad news with the Nuovo theme. First, the good news is is that it was finally reviewed for the WordPress Theme Directory after six weeks of waiting around. I’m not going to lie, I was a good bit nervous when I got an email saying someone was reviewing the theme. The last time this had happened, it came back an absolute dud. But the pretty good news is that it came back fairly well. There were issues, as always, but it made it mostly past the process and wasn’t torn apart into shreds, which was my biggest fear going in.

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    Finally getting to see it all come together

    If seeing is believing, then I more than believe that I struggle at building themes perfectly in the initial coding aspect. Last week, I finally finished coding the biggest part of Giornalismo and decided to give it a bit of test run. Sure, not all of the features I’m looking to run with the theme have been added, but this would give me a bit of an idea of what was working so far and what wasn’t. And as usual, once I waded through all of the different PHP errors that I had, I found that I had a lot more work to do.

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    Good news for both themes

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    So there’s a lot of good news with the two themes I have right now.

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    Taking things one item at a time

    After a pretty successful week last week with Giormalismo, this week wasn’t quite as great, but then again I had a lot going on this week.

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    Road block for Nuovo

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    So Nuovo was almost home free. After getting initial approval by the first reviewer, the thought was that the second and final round would be quick and painless and that it would be put up on the WordPress Theme directory relatively soon. Except that the second review brought up a few more issues that have to be fixed before it can be accepted into the theme directory.

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    Getting to the fun part of coding

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    So the long battle with JavaScript has finally ended after a few weeks.

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