It turns out that if you can do HTML, CSS, and a bit of scripting then you can totally design your own WordPress blog from scratch. Forget browsing the 1,193 free WordPress themes and trying to pick the one that best fits your style. I mean, seriously, wow! in the time it takes to browse them and figure out how to customize them, I’d rather just learn to create one myself.
Okay, I know, you’re not all code-crazed hacker chicks. But, I found it amazingly powerful to have complete control over the look & feel of my blog while taking advantage of WordPress’s built-in capabilities so that all the standard blog functions are automatically handled for me. So, I thought I’d share a bit of what it looks like to build your own WordPress design from scratch and how I did this for The Hacker Chick Blog.
The first and most important thing to know is that WordPress files are just regular ol’ HTML and CSS with PHP script embedded in them. So, if you’re comfortable building web pages, then you’re going to be comfortable working with WordPress.