Creating a Commercial WordPress Theme Review Site in One Week: Day 4

This is the fifth in a series of posts documenting the creation of Theme Friendly, a website dedicated to reviewing commercial WordPress themes.

On day four, I built the search page. This was easily the most difficult part of the entire process. Let’s start with the screenshot.

Day 4 Screenshot

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If you read my post covering day 3 you might be thinking, “Hey! this looks almost like the review archive from the last post.” …and you would be right. I reused the template part I created for the review archive to display the search results. Adding the search form was a little more difficult though, and filtering the search results based on the input from the search form was even more difficult. Here’s how it worked… (more…)

  • PublishedJanuary 7, 2014
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Creating a Commercial WordPress Theme Review Site in One Week: Day 3

This is the fourth in a series of posts documenting the creation of Theme Friendly.

On day three, I built the review archives page. I don’t think this page will be used directly, but on day four I incorporated it into the search results page, so it was still worth building.

Day 3 Screenshot

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After all the hard work that went into building the single review page on day 2, this page was pretty short and sweet. It only had to display each theme’s title, quality score, thumbnail, and author. Most of the backend code was easily modified from the single review page code. I just had to add a new image size and some CSS to handle the new layout.

In the next post in this series, I’ll be detailing how I built the search functionality that makes it simple to find only themes that match your exact requirements. Sign up for the Theme Friendly newsletter to find out when it is published. Until then, Happy New Year!

  • PublishedDecember 31, 2013
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Creating a Commercial WordPress Theme Review Site in One Week: Day 2

This is the third in a series of posts documenting the creation of Theme Friendly.

On day two, I set about building the individual theme review page. The goal was to provide a quick overview of the quality of a theme as well as it’s features. This was to be done by displaying the contents of all the custom meta boxes and custom taxonomies created on day one.

Day 2 Screenshot

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  • PublishedDecember 17, 2013
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Creating a Commercial WordPress Theme Review Site in One Week: Day 0

This is the first in a series of posts documenting the creation of Theme Friendly.

A short history

I’ve been thinking about building a commercial WordPress theme directory for a number of years now. I even tried (and failed) to get one off the ground a few years ago. During that time, a number of other sites sprung up with similar goals and I gradually abandoned my project. However, the idea never left. I kept thinking about what could be done to ease the process of finding the perfect WordPress theme for any particular project. I decided to see if I could build a working solution in just one week.

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  • PublishedNovember 27, 2013
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