A few weeks back I happened across this post from wpmu.org, I found it a little disconcerting because I have offered several free WordPress themes for many years now. ( I wasn’t specifically mentioned but I can be found via Google search )My themes will NEVER and have NEVER had encrypted links in the footer. The only link I have in my free WordPress themes footer is a credit link for myself, which is not encrypted.
I personally have always found the encrypted footers in some WordPress themes to be really stinky. If you’re a frequent member of webmaster forums, you’ve probably seen WordPress themes footer links for sale, that’s where they’re coming from.
My themes however, are made by myself and will never have encrypted footers or links. I was thinking of updating them all for the recent WordPress version but I am not sure people are still using them, and with a little one now I don’t have all the free time I used to.
Leave a comment if you still use my WordPress themes and if you’d like to see them updated!
I recently finished reading “Build Your Own Wicked WordPress Themes” from sitepoint.com, and because I was so impressed I am going to share my review with you. This book is extremely handy if you’re looking for a way to build and design WordPress themes and would then like to sell them. It’s also very useful for those who’d like to create WordPress themes for their own blog.
The book starts off explaining what WordPress is and how a theme relates to it, the planning process for your theme and how understanding existing themes is important. If you’re already a WordPress theme developer like me, you’ll still find great value in this book as it explains every single part of a WordPress theme, you’ll definitely learn a thing or two!
You’ll learn how to create WordPress theme frameworks and how you can build upon them to create child themes. You will also learn how to create your own widgets, and theme options. All the information is laid out in a way that is easy to understand.
I really appreciated the information at the end of the book about licensing, providing support for your theme and proper documentation and most importantly, where best to list your theme so potential buyers can find it. This book is a must-read for any WordPress theme developer who’s serious about selling a professional product.
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