I’ve written before about two of the great starter themes — _s (underscores.me) and _tk (themekraft.com). Each wants you to modify the theme to your heart’s content, even to the point of advising you not to use it as the parent for a child theme. _s makes this particularly easy.
As with everyone else, I’ve written before about the merits of using WordPress’ child themes feature rather than hacking the master theme. I’ve recently discovered that not everyone does this, even in cases where the developer claims to be a WordPress expert.
I recently inherited a WordPress blog that had been developed three years ago by a designer who had abandoned the client. The site mostly seemed to be running, so I wasn’t too worried, but I started checking the code anyway.
Back in March, I posted an item about Bitnami WordPress, which dealt with the Bitnami stack for WordPress up to version 3.9.0 of WordPress. Since then, Bitnami has made an improvement in the installation, although it comes with one new drawback.
Earlier this year I wrote about the Underscores theme for getting started with rolling your own WordPress theme.
Just because you’re not a ninja WordPress developer doesn’t mean that you’ll never have the need to make your WordPress blog look a certain way … a way that no existing theme duplicates.
For years, when I needed a local instance of WordPress, I’d spend a few hours installing MySQL, hacking Apache config files, downloading and setting up WordPress, configuring my localhost to point to the WordPress install, etc. I could get it to work, but it was a real ordeal, and when I was done, WordPress would… Read More Bitnami Stack for WordPress