WordPress Templates

WordPress Theming Links

The Basics

To build an understanding of how WordPress themes work, start at the WordPress Theme Handbook, Chapter Two.

This will give you a understanding of

  • Template Files
  • Post Types
  • The Template Hierarchy
  • The Loop
  • Template Tags
  • Theme Functions
  • Including CSS & JavaScript
  • Conditional Tags
  • Categories & Tags

Template Hierarchy Links

The template hierarchy is one of the fundamental things to understand if you want to code templates effectively. Here are three good diagrams. The first is a simplified version of a typical WordPress web page.

The second is a graphic of the template hierarchy. The third has essentially the same content as the second, but each box is a link to additional information.