WordPress Lead Developer Mark Jaquith explains why
template_include, and not
template_redirect, should be used to load alternative template files.
Konstantin Kovshenin highlights Justin Tadlock’s Stargazer theme as a forward-thinking example of how to add social menus to WordPress themes.
Expert WordPress theme developer Drew Strojny lays out why you should use a WordPress starter theme.
Default theme developer, Konstantin Obenland (who helped build the last three themes that shipped with WordPress!), shares some insight into the design and development of previous default themes, and proposes an interesting approach to the development of Twenty Fifteen. Twenty Fifteen →
Make sure your theme is ready for language packs by following this essential guide from Otto: Language Packs 101 – Prepwork.
Chip Bennett, Team Rep and Administrator of the WordPress Theme Review Team, wrote a comprehensive post about the intricacy around home page and front page templates. Highlights are his tips around conditionals in
front-page.php to avoid code duplication. Enjoy!
Looking for a better way to manage featured posts from theme to theme? Kirk Wight has a great post explaining how to use Jetpack Featured Content in your theme.
Today’s Jetpack 1.8 release makes the WordPress.com default mobile theme available for WordPress.org sites. If your site has not been optimized for mobile devices, you can provide a clean, readable interface for your mobile visitors with the WordPress.com mobile theme.
SpriteCow is a nifty tool that generates CSS for your image sprites. Upload a sprite, click on the desired region and — like magic — SpriteCow will generate a CSS snippet containing the background position, width, and height for that region.
At the time of this writing, SpriteCow only works in Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and IE10 (Safari is not supported).