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Is theming complicated in magento? Is it made easier by Ultimo etc?
David Patterson
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May 1, 2014 - 9:16 pm
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Ive looked into theming only a little. My initial impressions are, its not very intuitive ie have to alter code etc. My question is, does the ultimo theme make it easier to design the site or do the same principles apply? If i alter the code of a theme then will updates etc still work?

Matt & Dave, do you have any tutorials yet specifically on manipulating the design/layout of the site? If not, are any in the pipeline?

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Dave Furness

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May 2, 2014 - 8:43 am
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Hey David

Right now we don’t have any tutorials released on this but we will be covering themes in a lot of detail in the “Designing a Magento Website …” premium course.

Ultimo is just a theme and doesn’t really alter how the principles work. The key really is to use a child theme on top of the main theme, and input any changes into this child theme, that way when there are any theme updates, it doesn’t overwrite any of your changes.

Does that help at all?

Dave

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David Patterson
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OK Dave. Just off the top of your head are you aware any good tutorials for a magento theming novice?

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Dave Furness

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I don’t recall coming across any I would recommend, have just had another quick look around the web, and still can’t find any which seem to do the trick

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Matthew Ogborne

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May 2, 2014 - 3:26 pm
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Hi David,

In the next course we’re working on, the aim is to create a fully responsive Magento website with zero coding. Quite a challenge but certainly possible.

We will be covering the basics of Magento theming in the course, however it is a large topic and we would rather focus on what is possible rather than what could be possible so that you stand a chance of having a great looking Magento website with minimal fuss.

If you did want to start looking at how to theme Magento, Net Tuts have some great tutorials on editing Magento themes, but I’ll warn you right now, notepad or coda is used almost immediately from the start.

Matt

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David Patterson
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May 5, 2014 - 6:58 pm
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@matt – Do you have any idea when the theming courses will be available ie weeks / months?

Im nearly ready to start theming so if its weeks i will hold off. I appreciate how much preparation must go into those videos.

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Matthew Ogborne

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Howdy David,

We made a mistake with the course which was not to publish as we went along, something we WILL be doing this time around.

I’m looking at the training planner and I can see that we have half of the first preparation section completed. I do need Dave for the other parts, but will be recording the centre contents (the demonstration part) myself this week.

There is a huge chunk of theory we need to cover as well and half of those have been documented. so it will be a while until the full course is available I’m afraid.

Matt

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