How to Make a Responsive WordPress Theme? Beginners Guide –

How to Make a Responsive WordPress Theme? Beginners Guide - MyThemeShop

There comes a time when you need to get things right. And what’s a better way than getting to do them by yourself?

Let’s think about WordPress and the numerous number of themes it offers – both free and premium. Do they offer the same functionality, uniqueness, and kind of look you’d prefer your website to have? Most likely, your answer is “NO.”

As such, you might be tempted into creating your own custom WordPress theme from scratch to improve your website’s user experience, responsiveness, front-end, and functionality. Simply stated, a custom theme can help define your site’s design.

While developing your own theme can seem overwhelming – especially if you are a beginner, the good news is that with basic technical knowledge in web development, developing a custom theme on WordPress is pretty straightforward. Thanks to the platform’s numerous tools and inherent user-friendliness.

In this tutorial, we’ll guide you on how to create a responsive WordPress theme from scratch using CSS3 and HTML5. But before we get started, let’s answer a few basic questions.

Why Create a Custom WordPress theme?

There are a number of reasons why you’d choose to create a custom theme in WordPress. Firstly, with a custom theme, your posts and webpages can have a consistent layout. What’s more, you can make your site unique as well as improve its overall design and have all the functionality you require.

What’s a Responsive WordPress Theme Design?

When we talk about a website being non-responsive, we mean that the layout of the pages does not respond to the available space or the size of the visitor’s screen.

What this means is that the content displayed appears to be overflowing or cut-off making your website look cluttered. With a responsive design, however, the pages respond regardless of the size of the visitor’s screen. What’s more, the content is appropriately placed to ensure that nothing is overflowing, cut off, or jumbled.

When creating a WordPress theme, it is paramount to ensure that you apply a few principles to ensure that you get a theme whose design is responsive.

Let’s take an example of a site whose content needs to be divided into four division elements (<div). That is header, main content, sidebar, and footer. So what do you do to ensure that your design is responsive and aligns with your website’s layout?

  • The first thing is to consider your site’s layout in terms of grids instead of pixels (px).
  • Then divide every content section into a percentage (%), i.e. the width of the grids. In our case, for example, the width of each div takes 100 percent of the space available. So, you’ll need to allocate 25% of the available space to each div in order to have four divisions.

This applies to content, but what of images? For images, ensure that the maximum width is set to 100 percent of the actual size (max-width: 100%) and the height set

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This article was written by MyThemeShop Editorial Team and originally published on Blog – MyThemeShop.

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