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Customize WordPress Theme Like A Pro - A Complete Guide

Master WordPress theme customization using actual examples and successfully start web design business.
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What Will I Learn?
Redesign and customize any WordPress theme to create own unique theme
Create child theme and add duplicate theme files without touching code
Apply advanced CSS techniques to easily alter design parameters like colors, background, fonts, images, etc.
Use highly relevant and useful free plugins for enhancing website performance
Source great-looking images and fonts for free
Install and operate Disqus comment system for WordPress
Check if your website is truly responsive
Set up your WordPress installation for efficient use
Create posts and pages for adding website contents in the right way
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  • Some familiarity with HTML and CSS is desirable.

Here is a sobering fact. According to a Forbes article more than half of SMB owners (52%) in the US do not have a website.

The main reason for that is…they find it difficult to absorb and use the readily available free technology like WordPress to make them work for their business.

This course seeks to end that.

I have modelled this course in such a way that anyone wanting to start a WordPress website right from scratch will find it easy to do.

It is a complete guide for you if you wish to customize a WordPress theme to create your own design. I have shown how you can customize the Twenty Thirteen theme to create different theme designs for your or your clients’ needs.

There is a lot more to gain from my course.

Specifically you will be able to:

  1. Redesign and customize any WordPress theme to create own unique theme
  2. Create child theme and add duplicate theme files without touching code
  3. Apply advanced CSS techniques to easily alter design parameters like colors, background, fonts, images, etc.
  4. Use highly relevant and useful free plugins for enhancing website performance
  5. Source great-looking images and fonts for free
  6. Create posts and pages, and design navigation menu, and so much more.

In short, my course is your first hand-held guide to start your own website with WordPress.

Step in now, and learn my course.

Boost your business online.

Who is the target audience?
  • This WordPress course is meant for anyone who wants to create or design his/her own unique theme for website. It is also useful for students looking for quick refresher on starting a website with WordPress. No prior programming knowledge is needed.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Installing WordPress Step-by-Step
6 Lectures 31:33

In this video lesson I will take you through all the steps for selecting a domain name and hosting for your website. I'll explain how to find a domain name that is available in social media as well. And I'll also tell you the basic functioning of domain name server and the hosting server.

How to Select the Right Domain Name & Hosting for Your Website

There are 3 popular installation scripts for easily installing WordPress in your website. In this lesson I discuss the use of 2 of them in details.

How to Install WordPress Easily Using Installation Scripts

It is easy to change the theme or basic design of your website in WordPress. In this lesson you learn how to change themes in your WordPress dashboard.

How to Change Your WordPress Theme

Installing a child theme is the safe way to work with WordPress. In this lesson I explain what is child theme. I also introduce you to using WordPress plugins. As you will find out later in the course, plugins are a great tool to enhance the performance of your website.

What Is Child Theme & Introducing Plugins

You have learned what a child theme is and why it is needed. In this video lesson you'll actually install a child theme by just clicking a few buttons. This you'll do by using a WordPress plugin.

How to Install Child Theme Easily with Plugin
Customizing a Theme to Create 3 Unique Themes
6 Lectures 37:14

Cascading Style Sheets or CSS is the backbone of presenting web pages. It helps you to design the layout, colors, and fonts of a webpage. Here I'm explaining what CSS is, and how it is used to redesign the WordPress 2013 theme.

What Is CSS & How It Helps to Redesign a Theme

Images and fonts are part of web design. In this video I'll show you how to source free (and great looking) images and fonts for your web design, and how to use them for the purpose.

How to Source Great Looking Images & Fonts for FREE

Changing just a few CSS elements can change the look and feel of your website. The way to do is explained in this lesson. I've also enclosed the changed CSS file for easy reference.

Unique Design 1 - How to Customize a Theme by Altering the CSS

Taking a step further I explain some advanced CSS techniques in this video lesson. As a result a new unique theme design is created. The changed CSS file is enclosed so that you may use them for your needs.

Unique Design 2 - Advanced Customizing with CSS

I touch upon uploading external PHP file to the child theme using the FTP tool FileZilla. This will help you to upload any file which you cannot otherwise upload using WordPress's native facility. Later I'll explain how you can use a plugin that enables you to avoid using FTP program to a large extent. I'm enclosing the changed Footer PHP file for easy reference.

How to Upload External PHP File to Child Theme Using FTP

This is yet another new unique design created in the same theme. In this design, a logo image is used instead of text logo that comes in Twenty Thirteen theme by default. The body background image and the changed CSS styles are also enclosed for reference.

Unique Design 3 - New Redesigning of the Same Theme
More Theme Customization
6 Lectures 28:16
Installing Disqus Comment System

Positioning Disqus Comment System

Unique Design 4 - Duplicating Header PHP File to Child Theme Without Using FTP

Unique Design 5 - Re-positioning Header & Top Menu Bar

Redesigning Login Page

Unique Design 6 - Ensuring Your Site Is Responsive
Putting WordPress to Action - 1
5 Lectures 33:26
You Must Know These Things for Effective Use of Your WordPress Website

Take This Tour of WordPress Dashboard

Setting Up WordPress Website the Proper Way

How to Create Page

Why & How to Add Post Categories Before Writing Posts
Putting WordPress to Action - 2
3 Lectures 10:49
How to Create Post

Why & How to Remove Category & Tag Bases in Your WordPress URLs

About the Instructor
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Hi! My name is Partha. I am the founder of, a top resource center for content development skills.

I train and advice clients on building successful multi-income online teaching business with top-class content development, lead generation and inbound marketing.

Be it graphics, video, presentation, e-book, articles, or WordPress website, I help my clients with highly effective content development for online teaching plans with a clear focus on top quality work.

I am a professional speaker. I give on-the-work live training to learners through workshops and online courses so that they can start doing on their own even before training ends.

I like traveling and meeting people. And when there is some time on hand I write in my lifestyle blog, Kolkata Musing.

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