We have already covered the general topic of Magento theme creation in our blog. This time I want to share tips on how to design a non-standard theme for Magento, let’s call it a custom theme. Consider this example to look what I mean.
One of the best ways to create themes for Magento is using a method, based on modifying and revising the existing standard theme. I want to remind that Magento offers some pre-installed themes. A good idea for our task will be to use the Blank theme, which contains the minimal set of graphics and css.
In this case we need to create appropriate folders with the name of the future theme in app and skin directories. Then we copy the content of the Blank theme folders into these folders.
The next step is creating a skeleton template for our design. Skeleton templates provide a general page framework for our Magento themes. For instance, we would like to have three different views in our store.