What is the easiest way to customize a Wordpress theme?

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If I don’t want to use an “off-the-shelf” theme with Wordpress, what’s the easiest way to effectively customize a theme? I’m not sure I’m ready to build one from scratch - what’s a good way to get started with custom Wordpress themes?

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You can try just using a parent theme, and then go into the CSS and theme files to customize it. But really, the easiest thing to do is find a good theme and use it. Otherwise you are probably just making more work for yourself.

http://wordpress.org/themes/

This article may help you customize any theme:

http://www.presscoders.com/wordpress-theme-customization-guide/

"This guide is intended for those with some knowledge of HTML and CSS, but aren’t too familiar with the way WordPress themes work.

If you don’t know much about web design but you are interested, that’s good too. We’ll explain everything each step of the way.

Even if you’re a skilled web design veteran there’s always something to learn, I know I’m still learning!"

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