Setting Up Your Development Environment
In order to convert an HTML5 template into a WordPress theme, the first thing you’ll need to do is get your development environment set up.
Here are the tools you will need in place before you start work:
- A local server to power WordPress: There are many options to consider. We’ve detailed how to use XAMPP, MAMP, WAMP, VVV and Vagrant. Pick one and get it working.
- A local WordPress installation: It’s best to build a WordPress theme while you have as few plugins activated as possible, so either create a new installation or use an existing installation after deactivating as many plugins as possible.
- A git repo to keep track of your changes: While this isn’t technically a requirement, it’s a good idea. I’ve used GitHub to track my changes and host the finished product, and Sourcetree to serve an easy-to-use GUI for git.