Create theme in 8 easy steps

robiso edited this page Feb 28, 2018 · 9 revisions

A list of all theme tags can be found here.

Theme rules

  • Every theme needs to have its own folder. For this example we'll create a theme folder called new-theme.
  • Your new-theme folder needs to be in the themes folder.
  • Your new-theme needs at least two files
    • theme.php -> theme layout and a few simple tags that make WonderCMS work (explained below line by line)
    • style.css -> CSS styling for the theme -> has to be in its own css folder
  • optional functions.php file

1. Starting with a simple few tags between your <head> </head> in theme.php

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
	<meta charset="UTF-8">
	<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=edge">
	<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">

	<title><?=wCMS::get('config','siteTitle')?> - <?=wCMS::page('title')?></title>
	<meta name="description" content="<?=wCMS::page('description')?>">
	<meta name="keywords" content="<?=wCMS::page('keywords')?>">

	<link rel="stylesheet" href="" integrity="sha384-BVYiiSIFeK1dGmJRAkycuHAHRg32OmUcww7on3RYdg4Va+PmSTsz/K68vbdEjh4u" crossorigin="anonymous">
	<link rel="stylesheet" href="<?=wCMS::asset('css/style.css')?>">


  • <meta charset="UTF-8"> ensures proper character set
  • <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=edge"> ensures proper mobile responsiveness
  • <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1"> ensures proper mobile responsiveness
  • <?=wCMS::get('config','siteTitle')?> displays main website title
  • <?=wCMS::page('title')?> displays current page title
  • <?=wCMS::page('description')?> displays current page description
  • <?=wCMS::page('keywords')?> displays current page keywords
  • <link rel="stylesheet" href="" integrity="sha384-BVYiiSIFeK1dGmJRAkycuHAHRg32OmUcww7on3RYdg4Va+PmSTsz/K68vbdEjh4u" crossorigin="anonymous"> includes minimized Bootstrap CSS with SRI tag
  • <link rel="stylesheet" href="<?=wCMS::asset('css/style.css')?>"> includes your style.css
  • <?=wCMS::css()?> includes the admin settings panel CSS

2. Right after starting <body>

  • <?=wCMS::alerts()?> displays messages such as updates, changing the default login URL and default password
  • <?=wCMS::settings()?> displays the admin settings panel once you're logged in

3. Menu / navigation

  • <?=wCMS::menu()?> returns each menu item as list item <li><a href="//">home</a></li>
  • WonderCMS automatically assigns id="active" to the current active page for easier styling (example <li><a href="//" id="active">home</a></li>)

4. Main website title

  • <?=wCMS::get('config','siteTitle')?> returns the main website title

5. Main editable area

  • <?=wCMS::page('content')?> returns the content for current page

6. Extra editable area

  • <?=wCMS::block('subside')?> returns the static content and is visible on all pages

7. Footer

  • <?=wCMS::footer()?> returns the footer copyright notice as defined in your admin settings panel
  • <?=wCMS::footer()?> also returns your login link, but if your login URL is set to default (loginURL) - which is not recommended.

8. Additional scripts before closing the </body>

	<script src="" integrity="sha384-nvAa0+6Qg9clwYCGGPpDQLVpLNn0fRaROjHqs13t4Ggj3Ez50XnGQqc/r8MhnRDZ" crossorigin="anonymous"></script>
	<script src="" integrity="sha384-Tc5IQib027qvyjSMfHjOMaLkfuWVxZxUPnCJA7l2mCWNIpG9mGCD8wGNIcPD7Txa" crossorigin="anonymous"></script>
  • <script src="" integrity="sha384-nvAa0+6Qg9clwYCGGPpDQLVpLNn0fRaROjHqs13t4Ggj3Ez50XnGQqc/r8MhnRDZ" crossorigin="anonymous"></script> includes minimized jQuery
  • <script src="" integrity="sha384-Tc5IQib027qvyjSMfHjOMaLkfuWVxZxUPnCJA7l2mCWNIpG9mGCD8wGNIcPD7Txa" crossorigin="anonymous"></script> bootstrap.js minimized, required for animations
  • <?=wCMS::js()?> returns the admin JavaScript functionality which is required for saving content

Your first theme is ready!

Don't forget to create style.css as mentioned in step 3 under Theme rules.

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