Build Custom WordPress Themes to Earn Money

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The web design industry is also growing fast and quick. There are plenty of opportunities to earn thousands of dollars by customizing websites. As of this writing, WordPress is the most popular CMS (content management system) for web masters and bloggers. WP is a powerful open source platform and is highly customizable as long as you are familiar with HTML, PHP and JavaScript.
So, how do you make money by building custom WP themes? First, knowledge of CSS (custom style sheet) is going to help a lot. Knowing how to modify different coding languages such as HTML, PHP and JavaScript is essential in getting a designing job. However, you don’t really need to be an expert in coding to be a web designer. Today, there are available software and tools that make web designing easier.
Here are some of the things that will help you design a website without an intensive knowledge of coding:

  1. Artisteer – For the price of $129, you can have a copy of the standard edition and build your own website made of Drupal, DotNetNuke, WordPress, Blogger and HTML. Even web designers who have high expertise in coding prefer Artisteer because it’s very easy to use and you don’t have to spend hours or days to build a website. Everything is done with just a few clicks. How to make money? Build customized themes then sell it to bloggers and website owners.
  2. ThemeFrame – Unlike Artisteer, you can only create WordPress themes with ThemeFrame. This product is especially designed for WordPress fans. It has tons of features which you will surely love. Let’s discuss some of those amazing features. First, it has a visual CSS editor which means that you can immediately see the changes as you edit the layout. Second, you can trust that your created themes are browser-safe. This means that the theme is going to be view-able in any type of browser whether be it Opera, Chrome, FireFox, etc. Third, there is no need to code which is the best feature of ThemeFrame.
  3. Headway Themes -This is a WordPress framework. You can easily design a web page with its drag and drop feature. This is also very similar to ThemeFrame in terms of features and benefits. You have the option to buy the personal version which can be used for non-commercial purposes. But if you want to make a business out of it, you will want the developer’s version which you can use for designing your clients’ websites.
  4. Genesis – Another amazing framework for WordPress. It allows the user to create different layout and styles but knowledge of various coding languages is essential. However, there are hundreds of tutorial that can be found online so coding should not be a problem at all. Genesis is a popular framework and lot of designers are using it. It’s easy to get a support if anything went wrong. Its best feature? Genesis is SEO-optimized. The codes are “clean” and there are no unnecessary tags within the template so using it will help the website get a high ranking in search engines.
  5. Thesis – There are only two things you need when you want to customize the Thesis framework – custom.css and custom_function.php. Thesis makes use of hooks to modify the design of the webpage. This is relatively easy to understand albeit the fact that you still need some advanced knowledge in coding. Just like Genesis, there are plenty of tutorials in the web and you can easily ask for support from the Thesis admin if your copy is licensed.

What to do next? The next step is to buy a framework or software which you think will best work for you. Most web designers opt for Artisteer because of its flexibility and usability. Make as many websites as you can and for beginners, consider to submit your themes for free in WP directories. Don’t forget to insert a credit link in the footer so clients can easily find you. Later on, when you’ve already established your name in the industry, you can start charging customers for every customized WordPress theme that you create.

Source by Evelyn Y Vargas