So, it’s been a while since I specifically wrote something about what I’ve been learning.

  1. Building a Custom Theme is incredibly difficult. I thought I knew that. I had really no idea. Because so many variables exist, it is difficult to even pick a solution. There are many, many solutions to just about every problem.
  2. If your wp-admin area shows up as a blank page make sure you have no leading or trailing carriage returns in your functions.php file.
  3. Stupid little HTML problems can still break your site. Knowing that stuff still really helps.
  4. Your permalink settings are important. The default is /%postname%/ but you can add things like /%category%/ to the front of your postname and directly effect how the link structure works. In this case I wanted the user to click through to a category page housing all of the posts associated with that category by way of page anchors. Holy crap was that hard to do. It was only through Devo’s help that I eventually got it. There are many existing one-page themes that do this. Next time I’ll just use one and alter it.


Rob is a graphic design instructor and practicing designer/illustrator. He likes monsters.

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