WordPress Customizer is a very powerful. Not only because we have a live preview, but also because it got a lot of build-in input type. And we can also extend it or create our own reuse-able input type.
This is not a full tutorial but only explaining the concept, but you can check the full working code here:
WP.org is not very good (read: evil) organization. They collect data without user consent, they are not transparent in what data they collecting, and they make it hard to disable this.
For example: There’s no easy way to exclude custom theme for update check. WordPress have filters for everything, but they don’t have this filterable. Maybe they want to monopolize theme market (maybe they are trying to say: you want to create theme? you need to use wp.org theme repository).
I love using Hybrid Core Framework, I use it in all my themes, I don’t even know how to build a theme without it. Currently Justin is working on the Version 3 of the Framework and it’s offer a lot of improvement and features.
I want to create my own.
Hybrid Core is modular and extendable so I can use only the features I need and bend it as I see fit, but I want to create my own framework so I can have full control of the features and code. For my themes I created “Tamatebako“, a Hybrid Core sidekick to build theme faster by setting the defaults. Now I want to experiment and make Tamatebako as a standalone framework.
The focus is a little different than Hybrid Core. Instead of building new awesome features, the focus is for faster theme development. I might failed and switch back to Hybrid Core, but I think it’s going to be a good opportunity to dive in and re-learn about theme development.
So, a few days ago Sami Keijonen create a challenge to build a WordPress Theme in 48 hours. He mention that he need several months to build a WordPress Theme.
Well, for myself, the challenge is not really hard. I usually build a theme in 2-4 days for simple custom theme. As long as the client already have a design (PSD/design inspiration/example) I can build it in less than a week.
I only charge $300 – $500 for a very simple theme. So, I need to work fast 🙂