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Build Your Own Wicked Wordpress Themes by Jeffrey Way, Brandon R. Jones, Alan Cole, Raena Jackson Armitage

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Chapter 4Theme Frameworks

Once you have an idea of how you’d like your blog to appear, it’s time to start hacking on the theme itself. Typically, a WordPress theme needs a number of core files to function—files for the index page, single posts, static pages, and all the bits and pieces that live inside, such as comments and sidebars. WordPress’s core theme, Twenty Ten, contains 22 files in total, and that’s excluding the images. There sure is a lot of work in there!

Savvy developers know that reinventing the wheel is for suckers, and when you want to start off on the right foot, it’s often faster and easier to build on top of a framework. PHP developers have frameworks like CakePHP or CodeIgniter; Ruby geeks have Ruby on Rails; .NET developers ...

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