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  2. Using widgets is awesome. But coding for them is not very easy and fast. When I want to add something to sidebar (which is widgetized), should I create a widget? Or I just put a simple some PHP code in sidebar.php file? I think developers often choose the 2nd way, while beginners – 1st way :D. But if we make a website for clients, of course – 1st way πŸ™‚

  3. I’m speaking at WordCamp Chicago in June on theme standardization and best development practices. Would you at all be interested in working with me on it?

    I’ve collected a list of articles to pull material from, but it seems like you’re actively thinking about this topic. If you’d like to contribute (and of course, be credited as a co-author), please drop me an email. Thank you in advance!

    1. Hey Jason – really sorry I didn’t reply to this earlier. Not sure how I missed the post.

      How did the talk go? Do you have some notes I could read?

  4. Excellent tips. I especially agree with #4 and #6 in that you need to make it easy for people to utilize widgets as well as the testing aspect to make sure your theme works from a functional and design standpoint.

  5. Aww… I nice, refreshing post to inspire me as a traught forward in developing my latest WordPress theme for Theme Forest. Good work.

    The jQuery thing is what hit me over the head. Your little tidbit about that got me to Google around and learn more about that, and now I feel like an idiot including jQuery just like any other website. Figures WordPress would have that built in already!

    1. The wp_enqueue_scripts thing is really handy, and great for making sure your theme works with all plugins. Glad the post inspired you

  6. Once I was told, provide translation-ready theme so the theme could have a much wider audience and feedback.

    1. That’s very true – I should have thought of that one! If I get enough suggestions I might do a follow up post πŸ™‚

  7. The wp_enqueue_scripts thing is really handy, and great for making sure your theme works with all plugins

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