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Starting with a new theme - How to?

Discussion in 'Themes and Templates' started by japanworm, May 6, 2017.

  1. japanworm

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    Hello,

    Let me first admit that I'm not a developer.
    When I created my blog about 6 years ago, I just took a random theme (demo.s5themes[dot]com/?theme=alltut - not even from the WordPress database) and then hammered it into my own: zoomingjapan [dot] com

    It took me about 6 months(!) to finalize it.
    A lot of trial and error was involved as I had to learn about the WordPress codex, CSS and javascript from scratch. Dr. Google helped a lot, but I'd say my current theme is far from being well-coded.

    However, after putting so much work into it and making it into MY theme, it's hard to say goodbye.

    As you can see the theme is not responsive at all, so I had to implement a plugin.
    I use "WPTouch Pro".
    However, this is a bulky plugin and it also doesn't work 100%.
    It's also a hassle to always update 2 themes (the mobile one and the actual one) when I change things (e.g. implement ads).


    I fear in the long run I have no other choice, but to find a good responsive theme.


    Now, here are my questions:

    1. Responsive Theme:
    I've been looking for themes. I'm willing to pay for a theme.
    What's important for me is that it's being updated and that it's not bulky.
    A lot of the premium themes I've found are extremely bulky, full of shortcodes and when I check their pagespeed, the result is horrible.

    Is it really that difficult to find responsive themes that are well-coded and not bloated with stuff?

    Just using a framework theme might be too difficult as I'm not a developer.

    2. Updating Themes:
    As I've never had a plugin that had updates, I'm not sure how this works.
    I tried to understand the relation between child and parent themes, but I'm not sure if that's what I've been looking for.

    If I find a theme that's being updated, how can I prevent from losing all the changes I've made to the theme? I usually hardcode everything instead of using plugins, so I work with all theme files, esp. the function.php

    Can this be prevented by having a child theme or are things changed when updating even when using a child theme?


    3. Local Wodpress Installation:
    I've been researching this and it seems that there are options to test and develop your WordPress theme using local machines.
    Is that a good idea? Is this a better solution than using a subdomain?


    4. Optimization:
    As I'm not a developer and as I know how long it took me to get my current theme to where I wanted it to be, it might be better to invest some money to get help.

    I want to make sure that the implemented changes will also be well-coded.
    It doesn't help if I buy a "healthy" theme and then corrupt it with my changes simply because I don't know enough about developing themes.

    My current WordPress installation also uses far too much CPU (that has nothing to do with my theme, though).
    And I'm stuck at speed optimation as I've done everything I possibly can.

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    The question is where I could find such help.
    I've seen there are "fixing services", but one could also hire a developer.
    What makes more sense in my case?

    I'm not a business, just a hobby blogger and probably this is well over my budget.

    How long do you think an experienced developer would need to set me up with a personalized child theme? I've seen that the average hourly wage is around 50-60$US, so I can get a basic idea how much I'd have to pay.



    Thank you so much in advance! :)
     
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