Many of the best WordPress themes these days have custom WordPress options pages to help theme users change settings and visuals quickly and easily. By creating a custom settings page, you can make your theme much more attractive for potential buyers, and show off some of your advanced coding skills.
Creating a custom WordPress settings page is pretty easy once you learn the basics, but it will advance your themes functionality significantly. There’s even some tutorials on using custom WordPress options pages in Thesis and Thematic, in case you enjoy using those frameworks. These tutorials will get you off and running in a jiffy.
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