I’m Andrei and, for some years, I’ve been working as a front-end developer, including a Themeforest account where we had 11 HTML Templates ( it went well I’d say )
Now I’m pretty much trying to make my way into Wordpress Themes, so I’ve got a few questions for those with some experience in this domain that are willing to help a little.
I’m thinking at, maybe, a small theme with couple of pages and a portofolio page ( custom post type ), with a nice and creative design.
Here are my questions:
Is it better to use a starter theme ( or a framework? ). Because I saw one, called RunawayWP, which gives free features like layout manager (some kind of drag and drop builder ), custom post types, a bootstrap starter and so on, which are critical in creating a good Wordpress theme. Here’s a link if it’s allowed: http://runwaywp.com/add-ons
Should I use plugins or functions directly into my theme, when coming to different features ( let’s say custom type for example because as far as I know you can add them easily using a plugin, or create them manually in functions.php ) ? Are plugins exported with the theme as well? or how does it work?
Child theme? How does that work? You create one after your theme is finished, so customers will customize it using it’s child?
Any insides minding the whole Themeforest approval process (I’m strictly reffering to WP Categories, since I’m familiar with others ). What are some requirements for a smaller theme with not so spectacular features in it?
There’s a thing that’s bugging me. How do you create multiple layout pages for portofolio posts? ( using Isotope, let’s say 3 templates with a 2/3/4 items grid , or a combined one? ). And one more reffering to this one, how can you make them filterable? and as a default set-up I saw that you have to decide how many posts you show per page, how can you create a Load more button? ( like, after 20 portofolio posts, you can a button allowing to show more, instead of having more pages and going to the next one ).
I think this somehow sums up my startup questions, thanks a lot for anyone that’s giving me any kind of help, answers and so on.
Much appreciated, cheers!