Are you looking for a way to make a theme in WordPress with no coding knowledge?
That’s right, you will not need any coding knowledge, except for HTML and CSS, which are not programming languages or require any expert knowledge.
Even they won’t be that important, because nowadays the web is so wide that you can create a WordPress theme with no knowledge.
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Will I need coding knowledge to create a theme in WordPress?
As previously mentioned, you will not need any coding knowledge to create a theme in WordPress.
That’s because there are many barebone themes in WordPress, which can help you design everything to your liking.
But what is a barebone WordPress theme?
Barebone WordPress themes contain all the needed theme files premade especially for designers and include no heavy coding.
For example, the Hello Elementor WordPress theme is a blank (barebone) theme, which has a tiny code inside it.
Elementor users can easily grab it and create their WordPress theme with Elementor.
However, building your website and theme with Elementor has some drawbacks, which can prevent you from growing in the future.
The main problem with Elementor is that it has tons of code and really bad structure. It nests the div tag in another div tag and continues to do it for every new element.
You may be wondering why is that a problem and how can it hurt you, but even if I don’t say anything, you will find out that visitors are leaving, because your website is slow.
Who can make a theme in WordPress and how does it help?
Everybody can make his WordPress theme if he uses a WP theme framework, but except this even programmers can make their WordPress theme.
As stated above, the difference between a fully custom WordPress theme and a barebone theme is the requirements.
Even the biggest newbie, who just started with WordPress and doesn’t have any design knowledge, can create a WordPress theme without issues.
But how does making a WordPress theme help you?
- It gives you full freedom over the content.
- You can choose how it will behave when a visitor comes to your website.
- Has unlimited features, which you can set by just searching for open-source codes.
- Helps you speed up WordPress and control resource usage.
- It’s totally free and doesn’t require any payments.
- You can update and distribute it without paying for copyrights to theme creators.
As you can see, making your own WordPress theme does have its advantages, but comes at a great price.
To make your own WordPress theme, you will need to follow some simple rules, otherwise, you may end up making a slower theme than the ones available to you.
- Make sure you understand how HTML and CSS work.
- If you are copying and pasting codes from other sources, clear the unusable parts.
- Do not add long CSS or HTML files. Search for tinier solutions, which do the same.
- Utilize the already added codes in WordPress for your content.
How to Make a Theme in WordPress
In this tutorial, we will explain the full process of how to make a theme in WordPress, and explain it pretty forward in 5 simple steps.
Download the theme framework you wish to use
There are so many theme frameworks, which can help you make a WordPress theme, but for this tutorial, we are going to use GeneratePress.
Go to the GeneratePress website and download their theme framework for free.
If you are willing to upgrade to the premium version, you will be receiving tons of premium features, as well as some free templates for your WordPress theme.
The good part of GeneratePress is that it is perfect for both coders and beginners.
GeneratePress has a visual builder, which can help you create optimized content and perfect website structure.
Download a code editor
Now that you have the GeneratePress WordPress framework, you will need to download and install a code editor.
You can edit each part of the theme and change its behavior, which is totally legal, due to the GPL license provided by the theme creators.
One of the best code editors for WordPress themes, and one I personally like is Visual Studio Code.
Download and install Visual Studio Code. Right after that, you can go to File > Open Folder and choose your theme folder.
Now since you have all the folders you need, you can directly start working on making your WordPress theme.
Keep in mind that if you wish to receive further theme updates, you can make your theme as a child and keep the parent untouched.
Otherwise, you are risking data loss by updating your WordPress theme.
Running your theme in WordPress on a local website
While you are working on your theme, you may start wondering how everything is aligned. And you will need to check it pretty much.
The easiest way to maintain things, without having to install your WordPress website on a host is to do things locally.
A great local hosting program is Local By FlyWheel. It’s a free and very fast local host program, which tracks your websites and lets you interact with them more professionally.
Local is a great tool for starters and professionals, because of the user interface and flexibility to update your website however you like.
Installing and updating your WordPress theme
Once you have created your website on a local host, your next step is to upload the WordPress theme you want to make.
Log in to the WordPress admin dashboard and choose to install your WordPress theme.
Once everything has been installed you can then start making your WordPress theme.
For updates, you can do 2 easy things, but each of them depends on which will make you feel more comfortable.
The first way is to keep opening the locally added folder and do your experiments. Once everything has been updated, you can once again re-upload your WordPress theme.
The other way is to directly open the theme files from inside your local host, and edit everything live.
Upload your WordPress theme to your live website
Once you are done with making your WordPress theme and have updated it enough, you can then proceed with the theme on your live website.
Simply go to the theme folder and copy everything. Create a zip file for your WordPress theme and go to your live website.
Access the admin dashboard and simply install your WordPress theme.
Once you have installed it you can activate your premade WordPress theme and start using it as a primary one.
Make sure to update your WordPress theme only when there is little to no traffic, and you have nothing to lose.