Skip to content


WPwatercooler is recorded & streamed live Fridays at 11:00 am Pacific

EP88 – Best / Fastest ways to build a custom theme – May 19 2014
Subscribe to our YouTube Channel

Show Notes

Editor’s Note: Transcriptions of episodes are created with a mix of speech recognition software and human transcribers, and may contain some grammatical errors or slight deviations from the audio.


  1. Avatar of brenda malone

    Some of you guys are real WordPress snobs! Seriously, why in the world would you re-invent the wheel EVERYTIME you begin a site. Ridiculousness. At the end of the project, the client just wants a great, functional website. They really don’t give a rat’s ass about how it is done and whether you did it from scratch. Geez, get down off your high horses and start relating to the common WordPress wrangler. I am with Chris on this–100%.

    On May 19, 2014 at 3:12 pm
  2. Avatar of brenda malone


    Hi. Could you guys please devote a session to best practices when using a subscription plugin on a client site.

    It seems like a lot of premium plugins and technologies (a la Genesis Extender) are going with a yearly subscription model. How do I, as a web designer manage that annual payment if we no longer manage the web site. AND if we use our perpetual license on a client site, what happens if we part ways? Do I disconnect things like BackupBuddy? I think this would make for an excellent talk.


    On May 21, 2014 at 6:58 pm
  3. Avatar of sue surdam

    Having been a professional costume designer who has work from creating the design to actualizing the design in all phases. Whether, I start with a purchased pattern and alter it or start with a sloper and adjust it or if I draft the pattern from scratch when I am done I have created a one of a kind custom costume pattern. Now that I design and develop websites it seems pretty much the same to me. The end result is a custom tailored theme for my client that serves their needs whether I start with a purchased theme or a starter (sloper) theme and alter it or code the theme from the bottom up.

    The difference comes down to cost, and time. Being able to use your client’s budget to give them the best website is choosing the appropriate method. Building a custom corset from the bottom up or purchasing a bustier and decorating it is all about budget – the same applies to websites.

    Loved the discussion, it was very thought provoking and informative.

    On January 28, 2015 at 2:48 pm

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Scroll To Top