Smashing WordPress Themes is all about making your WordPress site look beautiful. But, the beautiful part is a very personal thing, because we all have different preferences. So in essence, my book isn’t on Web design, but rather about giving you, dear reader, the tools to build the kind of site that you want to create, using WordPress elements.
A theme is the skin of your WordPress content, your site template so to speak. A huge community of people design and use themes, offering many high-quality designs. With this book, you can now contribute to that community.
As with my previous book, Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog, this book mainly targets those of you who know a bit about Web development already. If you know some HTML, PHP, CSS, or have fiddled around a bit with WordPress, then this book is for you. If that sounds like Greek to you (or any other language you may not understand), then you should read up a bit before you tackle this. But because even more experienced Web developers need a quick recap at times, you all may find this book a welcome reminder of existing features.
As I write this book, WordPress has reached version 3.0.1, and is rocking the publishing world. Some of the code in this book is based on themes that are available online, but since the Web is an ever-changing entity, the online code may be somewhat different from the examples that you see in this book. Just keep that in mind if things suddenly don’t seem to add up.