Useful WordPress Theme Development Resources

Last updated: October 18, 2021
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Welcome to the Hyper Smash WordPress Theme Development Resources page. Below is a list of general resources related to WordPress theme development, such as tutorials, tools, and more. This list is the result of several years worth of resources that we've collected from our own research and the generous support of our users. This list is constantly growing and we welcome your recommendations! Please consider contacting us if you'd like to suggest a new resource. Thank you!


» BlueHost Web Hosting

Offers reliable and affordable web hosting. An excellent place for your next WordPress theme development project.


» Official WordPress Theme Development Handbook

The official WordPress Theme Development Handbook that covers everything.

» Developing a WordPress Theme from Scratch

A 3-part tutorial series that includes pagination, comments, functions, meta boxes, and more.

» WordPress Theme Development: Core Concepts

Covers the fundamental logic of themes such as hierarchy, processing posts, and using functions.php.

» WordPress Theme Development Course

A comprehensive course that that teaches everything from common functions to widgets and menu areas.

» WordPress Theme Development Tutorial Step By Step

This tutorial literally starts from scratch with zero lines of code and finishes with a working theme.

» How to Build a WordPress Theme from Scratch: the Basics

Starts from the beginning and teaches how to develop a WordPress theme using Bootstrap markup.

» A Guide To The Options For WordPress Theme Development

Digs into the inner workings of a common WordPress theme and things to consider when creating a theme.

» WordPress Development for Beginners: Building Themes

Covers the basics of theme development and more advanced topics including PHP and building plugins.


» WordPress Theme Development Examples

A section from the official WordPress Theme Development Handbook that showcases various examples.


» WordPress Developer Plugin

An older helper plugin that checks, recommends, and installs WordPress developer plugins.

» Theme Check

A plugin that validates if a theme is in accordance with the latest theme review standards.

» Debug This

Provides an impressive amount of information about a WordPress installation.

» Regenerate Thumbnails

Regenerates thumbnail sizes for one or more images contained in the Media Library.

» Query Monitor

Allows the debugging of HTTP API calls, Ajax calls, REST API calls, and more.

» Debug Bar

An older plugin that adds a debug menu to the admin bar with various functions.

» Theme Inspector

Displays useful info such as post/page ID, taxonomy terms, and various slugs.

» RTL Tester

An older plugin that tests the direction of text from left-to-right to right-to-left.


» 7 Tips for Better WordPress Theme Development

Includes various tips and tricks to help you become a better theme developer.

» The Most Common WordPress Theme Development Mistakes

As the title states, some of the most common theme development mistakes and how to avoid them.

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