How long will it take me to learn Wordpress and create/implement a theme?
August 30, 2012 10:47 AM Subscribe
I am fairly new to Wordpress. Will I be able turn wireframes I design into a useable theme for a somewhat-complex website in 3-4 weeks?
posted by Grafix to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I am trying to decide whether to take a freelance job recommended to me by a friend. It would be a redesign of an existing business website, which is already in Wordpress and currently has a custom theme. I am a designer and have worked on website design and production before, although I have never done a website in Wordpress. I do have some books on it, and I would like to learn to use it, since it seems like a valuable skill to have. The people who would be hiring me know that I am not very experienced in this area, but are willing to work with me if I think I can complete the project satisfactorily.
So my questions is, can I essentially teach myself enough Wordpress to turn a design into a useable theme in less than a month? I am generally a fast learner, but I am very hesitant to take this job if I will not be able to deliver good results in that time frame.
Also, since they already have a custom theme and the changes they want are cosmetic, not structural, would it be acceptable to make a child theme from their existing theme and start from there? Or is that impossible/inefficient/pretty much copyright infringement? The design would be completely different (well, unless the clients tell me otherwise), but would it still be easier to 'start' with their current design?
I would like to take this job, both for the money and the potential learning experience, but I will absolutely not if it seems like I cannot complete it to my standards in a timely manner. There are pages and widgets and menus and a blog and I am just worried I will screw something up with my lack of experience.