Create Your First WordPress Theme From Scratch In Just Nine Simple Steps - (Part 1)

Are you interested in developing WordPress themes? In this article / video, we show you how to create a WordPress theme from an HTML design. At the end of this video / article, you are going to be able to download an HTML theme and convert it to a WordPress theme.

Are you curious about how to create a WordPress theme from scratch? In just nine simple steps, I will give some steps necessary to create your model.


The goal of this article is to be able to create a simple WordPress theme from scratch and in a few simple steps. This article is specially made in a simple way for people who do not have technical programming skills.


WordPress is a free, open-source, and open-source content management system (CMS). It is used for websites such as storefronts, online businesses, blogs or even portfolios. The use of WordPress software is prevalent these days.

For this article, we will use an HTML 5 template that we will then convert to a WordPress theme. If you want to apply this to a live website, you need to understand the logic behind the steps.

Why use WordPress

WordPress is free and open-source software that adapts to any website. It can support several media types, and the themes and Plugins are already incorporated into the software. A huge community of developers maintain the software, and you can also have full control of your website. We cannot forget that this software is effortless to use, and you don’t need very advanced technical skills to use it.

Main Steps for Creating a Simple WordPress Theme

Here are the main steps we will follow for creating a WordPress theme from an HTML5 theme:

  • Get HTML5 Theme / Bootstrap is Free Online

WordPress.com and WordPress.org are completely free. WordPress.com is highly recommended for beginners.

  • Create a template folder with the required PHP files
  • Divide your HTML 5 code into different parts (generally, we have three parts: Header.php, footer.php and JavaScript)
  • Create a function to queue styles and scripts for your theme
  • Use built-in WordPress functions to connect models.
  • Make some changes to the header.php and footer.php sections.
  • Give your theme a name (the name must be unique)
  • Create the screenshot PNG file
  • Activate and start using our theme

Note: WordPress is widely used by large companies who trust it. Today the CMS is finally recognized for its true value. It is possible to adapt it to all needs (even within the creation of online stores).


These nine (9) major steps are the main ones in creating a WordPress theme from an HTML5 theme. In our next articles, we will detail each step practically to put your knowledge into practice. We will also have tutorial videos that will be effortless and practical.

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