WordPress Theme Features to Consider while building a Theme ?

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What Colors will your theme be available in ?

  • black
  • blue
  • brown
  • gray
  • green
  • orange
  • pink
  • purple
  • red
  • silver
  • tan
  • white
  • yellow
  • dark
  • light

Hwo many columns will a theme have ?

  • one-column
  • two-columns
  • three-columns
  • four-columns
  • left-sidebar
  • right-sidebar

What kind of a Layout will your theme be built on ?

  • fixed-layout
  • fluid-layout
  • responsive-layout

What are the some of the Features that you can incorporate into your theme ?

  • accessibility-ready
  • blavatar
  • buddypress
  • custom-background
  • custom-colors
  • custom-header
  • custom-menu
  • editor-style
  • featured-image-header
  • featured-images
  • flexible-header
  • front-page-post-form
  • full-width-template
  • microformats
  • post-formats
  • rtl-language-support
  • sticky-post
  • theme-options
  • threaded-comments
  • translation-ready

Will your theme be for a specific genre,topic or subject ?

  • holiday
  • photoblogging
  • fitness
  • seasonal
  • news
  • fashion

What framework will your wordpress theme be built on ?

  • Bootstrap
  • Thematic
  • Genesis
  • Canvas

A list of good frameworks


Online Learning Resources for Freelancers and Web Developers in India

Since late 2010 there has seen a mushrooming of online resources providing free and paid access to quality resources where web developers and designers can learn to code and build websites from scratch. I

ndians are believe to constitute the second largest group of online learners on many of these websites after the US. Given below is the most comprehensive resource of online websites and tutorials to jump-start your web designing career.

These resources have been compiled in July 2014 and will be updated as and when we come across new resources. Many of these tutorial websites charge a fee for members but you can always look up a course on torrent websites to check it’s quality, before you fork out the money.

Code Academy – http://www.codecademy.com/
currently offers the following tracks for web developers : HTML/CSS, Javascript, jQuery, Python, Ruby, PHP and API’s.

PHP Academy https://phpacademy.org/
A dedicated portal for learning PHP using videos and offers several advanced PHP tutorials for users.

SQL Zoo – http://sqlzoo.net/
is a step-by-step tutorial with live interpreters, allowing access to tables using any of Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, Access or PostgreSQL engines.You can learn any of the major databases on here for free.

Code School– https://www.codeschool.com/
has many different paths like Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, jQuery, HTML/CSS, Sass, iOS development etc.

Code Combat – http://codecombat.com/
teaches you how to code while playing a game. It offers more than 6 different games to learn Javascript, python, coffescript, clojure, lua and Io.

Learnable – https://learnable.com/
This is a paid service and offers a free 14 day trial for new users, it offers tutorials on varied topics like HTML & CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Ruby, Design & UX, Mobile and Workflow.

Team Treehouse – https://teamtreehouse.com
Is a well designed site that offers a free one month trial for the following online courses : WordPress Development, jQuery Basics, Web Design, Front-end Web Development, Programming with JavaScript & jQuery, Rails Development,iOS Development, Create apps for the iPhone and iPad, Android Development, Learn Java, PHP Development, Starting a Business etc.

Tutsplus – http://tutsplus.com/
is one of the oldest online resources for web developers and comes from the trusted stable of Envato. It offers a much more detailed and in depth tutorials on varied topics organized under the following topics : Design & Illustration, Code, Web Design, Music & Audio, Photography, 3D & Motion Graphics and Business.

The Code Playerhttp://thecodeplayer.com/
plays code like a video helping people to learn front end technologies like HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, Jquery easily, quickly and interactively.

Code Avengershttp://www.codeavengers.com/
Learn how to code games, apps and websites with fun and effective interactive games. HTML, CSS and JavaScript tutorials are for beginners.

Learnstreet – https://www.learnstreet.com/
Offers free courses in JavaScript, Python and Ruby and has more than 100 interactive exercises in each course.

Udemy – https://www.udemy.com
Offers online courses on topics as varied as Web development, Yoga, Guitar lessons, or anything else.It has more than 3 million students and about 16,000 courses ! It offers both free and paid courses.

Khan Academy – https://www.khanacademy.org/computing/cs
has a dedicated section for computer programming where you learn to write programs and build games using Javascript and the ProcessingJS library. The focus of the website is more on science subjects and school work.

Plural Sight – http://www.pluralsight.com/training
Is one of the largest tech and creative learning library online and has some very good courses and content by experienced professionals. It offers both paid and free content and tutorials.

Lynda – http://www.lynda.com/
Is one of the oldest resources online and also the largest with more 4 million users. The fact that most of it’s tutorials are pirated and available for download on torrent sites shows they are among the best in business.

Alison – http://alison.com/
Alison provides free, certified courses from the World’s Top Publishers and is supported by google and microsoft.

Killer PHP – http://www.killerphp.com/
Provides beginner PHP Video Tutorials for Beginners and developers.

One Month – https://onemonth.com/
Provides the most in demand tech courses spread out over one month. Their Ruby on Rails program is rated one of the best courses online.

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Web Design – http://webdesign.com/
provides professional web design training with WordPress. One of the few websites focused just on WordPress.

Paul Lund – http://www.paulund.co.uk/c/tutorials

A leading web developer from UK who works on wordpress and PHP has created several tutorials for freelancers.

CodeHS – http://codehs.com/
Learn to code and program with Tutors.

Udacity – https://www.udacity.com/
offers courses in Web Development, Software Engineering, Android and even an online Masters in CS from Georgia Tech.

Coursera – https://www.coursera.org/
Coursera offers one of the widest varieties of courses from some of the best universities in the world.

Edx – https://www.edx.org/
Offers free online courses on an open source platform from only the best universities in the world.

Future Learn – https://www.futurelearn.com/
Enjoy free online courses from leading UK and international universities.

Canvas Network – https://www.canvas.net/
Offers both free and paid courses on a wide variety of topics

iVersity – https://iversity.org/
is a platform for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

Online Course Aggregator.

If the above links are not enough you can explore more links at course aggregators like

Skilled Uphttp://www.skilledup.com/

Slider Rulehttp://www.mysliderule.com/

Course Talk – http://www.coursetalk.com/

Class Central – https://www.class-central.com/

Course Buffet – http://www.coursebuffet.com/

Co Working Spaces in Bangalore India

Over the last few weeks, I realized that i have out grown my current work environment and need to find a new place to work from. So I have spent the last two days looking for Co-Working space in Bangalore. Given below are few of the good ones, I came across.

Co-Working Space on MG Road, Church Street

Cobalt BLR
is a high end co-working space located off Church street, about a year old it. It costs about Rs 6,500.00 INR per month for a single seat and it is situated above the hip and happening Church Street Social. The distance from my esidence (10km) and price made this a No-go zone. Know more about it at http://www.cobaltblr.com.

Vatika Business Center

This is a very high end business center with a lot of value added services where it costs Rs 18,000 INR per month for a single seat. I saw that many established e-commerce brands like Jabong.com etc have their offices here. http://www.vatikabusinesscentre.com

Free Co-Working Spaces in Bangalore

Tie Bangalore offers free co-working spaces for 3 months for it’s members which is located in Langford road but it’s the bare minimum and I noticed that a handful use it.

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Alpha Labs Bangalore

This is where I work from now !

Finally settled down on Alpha Labs Bangalore which fits my budget at Rs 5000 per month it’s located off J.P Nagar and is about 7Km from home. Today is my first day here and things are going smoothly.

I can see a lot of web developers , web designers and digital marketeers like me going about their work.

You can join us at http://bangalorealphalab.in/

Goal 2014

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The Goal for 2014 is simple :

1. Build one free wordpress theme and release it for free on the WordPress Themes Marketplace.

2. Build one premium paid wordpress theme and release it for a nominal price on the Themeforest WordPress Marketplace.

The first theme that we develop will be a free or premium theme depending upon how good a job we do at designing and coding it. If our first theme looks good, works well and it looks like people would pay for it then we release it as a paid theme or else we give it back for free to the wordpress community who will test it out and we iron out all the bugs over time.

Time Limit

Best case scenario : We do it in 101 Days so Launch Date will be Sunday 20th October 2014.

Worst Case Scenario :We have to do it before the year ends that means we have a maximum of 173 days to go for 31st December 2014.

So the magic number will most likely be between 101 and 173 days.

WordPress Theme Development Blog

With Interest in WordPress Theme Development at an all time high , we have decided to build our first wordpress theme. How we go about it will be documented on this blog.

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And so it begins…