Ten Resources to Improve your WordPress and Design Skills

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I love ton ten lists. Here is mine related to all things WordPress, CSS and Web design and development. Feel free to post your favorites in the comments.

  1. WordPress Codex: I’ve learned virtually all my WordPress tricks from the codex. It also contains some great examples, which you can apply to your WordPress themes for infinite customization.
  2. Blueprint CSS: A great CSS framework that can greatly reduce design time by giving you “a solid CSS foundation to build your project on top of, with an easy-to-use grid, sensible typography, and even a stylesheet for printing.”
  3. Printable Graph Paper: This is probably my favorite resource to date. The paper is made for visual designers, interaction designers, and information architects who do wire framing and design sketch ups.
  4. JQuery for Designers: JQuery is an amazing javascript framework used on many amazing websites. It also powers some of the features of the WordPress admin panel. Learn how to apply JQuery functionality to your site at JQuery for Designers.
  5. Web Designer Wall: Some really great tutorials and inspiration for building visually engaging Web sites. Heavily read, big community, lots of great info.
  6. Net Tuts: A thorough and constantly updated blog containing everything from WordPress tutorials, to PHP intros, to instruction on implementing the functionality of numerous javascript libraries.
  7. Lightbox Clones Matrix: A useful list comparing various scripts that display images and other multimedia objects.
  8. Protect your CSS Modifications: If you modify your theme’s css, you might want to consider using this approach to help future proof your theme design.
  9. Smashing Magazine: Everything from icon sets, theme reviews, tutorials, with lots of freebies thrown in for good measure.
  10. A List Apart: If you make Web sites, you must bookmark this site. The Web Gods tell me it is mandatory.

What are your favorite WordPress and design resources?

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Thad is the founder of Theme.Works and Graph Paper Press. Previously, he produced online multimedia and documentary projects for USA Today including the inauguration of President Barack Obama and many others. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Abby.

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20 thoughts on “Ten Resources to Improve your WordPress and Design Skills”

  1. Thats an Interesting GraphPaper link. Since my own site is about graph paper, I’m always looking to see what other people are doing with it. Matter of fact, thats how I found your site… 🙂

  2. Thats an Interesting GraphPaper link. Since my own site is about graph paper, I’m always looking to see what other people are doing with it. Matter of fact, thats how I found your site… 🙂

  3. Thats an Interesting GraphPaper link. Since my own site is about graph paper, I’m always looking to see what other people are doing with it. Matter of fact, thats how I found your site… 🙂

  4. Thats an Interesting GraphPaper link. Since my own site is about graph paper, I’m always looking to see what other people are doing with it. Matter of fact, thats how I found your site… 🙂

  5. Nice lists. some of those resources that i knew was Blueprint CSS, wordpress codex, Protect your CSS Modifications, and A List Apart was a great sources for Web design and development. A webpage with a good design attract and hold visitors, and most of all Content is the major factor.

  6. Thanks for the useful resources. I also think that  the Blueprint CSS shouldn’t be  ignored by anyones list 😉

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