Tumblr Theme Creation | Part One

As all web developers know, it’s all well and good being able to write HTML, CSS and JavaScript, but you need to be able to apply that when working with Content Management Systems (CMS). Because of this reason, I have been looking the Tumblr blogging system. The reason for looking at Tumblr rather than WordPress is because of the cost. I understand that it’s not expensive to upgrade, but I wanted to work with a system that more people have access to.

Originally, when I first had a look at it, it was rather daunting. There are so many Variables and Blocks that I needed to work with and understand. But, after a while of playing around with them, eventually they all started to sink in.

Going into this, I didn’t have a particular design in mind. I just wanted to be able to play around without having to think about anyone actually going to use it. That might not have been the best way to go about it, but it worked for me.

The in-built Tumblr code editor isn’t the best around, but it worked for the time that I was using it. In the future, I think I’ll be using Dreamweaver or something of that ilk. A down side of working with something outside of Tumblr would be the fact that you cannot view the effects of the code straight away, but have to cut and copy it to Tumblr code editor.

After playing around with the Blocks and Variables of Tumblr theme creation, I looked at what I had created. For a first attempt, it wasn’t bad, but overall, it was dreadful. (so dreadful, it’s not even finished) I want to make something more appealing for my ‘serious’ attempt at theme creation. This is when I had the idea for a design that I want to work with.

Check back soon for Part Two!

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