Done coding your premium WordPress theme? Even after doing all the research, creating and tweaking the design, writing the code and spending countless hours debugging it, there’s still one incredibly important step: writing the documentation for end-users. No matter how great your theme looks, how innovative the features are, or how well-structured your code is if you’re the only one who understands it. Read on to find out everything you need to know about writing effective WordPress theme documentation that helps you win your buyer’s trust.
Effective WordPress Theme Documentation Starts With Code Comments
Including short, concise and informative comments throughout your code will not only help other developers that might be working on your code, but it will also save you tons of headache down the road. Well written comments can be a difference between fixing a bug quickly and spending an entire weekend going through hundreds of lines of code. Make sure you comment anything nonstandard and everything you think other developers or the end buyer might not be familiar with.
Create A Read Me File
The next step in writing effective WordPress theme documentation is creating a separate Read Me file with all the important theme information. You’ll want to write a short description of all the template files, included features, plugins and everything else you think your buyers need to know about your theme. Many of the theme markets even require a readme.txt file in order to sell your theme. If you want to take it up a notch and provide your buyers with a better experience, instead of sending just a readme.txt file with your theme, you should consider creating a readme.html file as well and applying some basic CSS to make it more appealing and easier to read.
Set Up A Website
If you’d rather set up your own website instead of using theme markets to sell your themes, you should consider setting up a knowledge base with WordPress theme documentation for each of your themes. Don’t just throw a handful of screenshots in there and call it a day. Think about writing tutorials and showing your buyers how to install, use, and customize your themes. Tutorials are a great idea if your buyers don’t have too much coding experience, and if you want to take it to the next level, consider publishing tutorial videos.
However, keep in mind that creating tutorials can be time-consuming, especially if you decide to go with video tutorials, so if you can’t afford to dedicate it a good chunk of your time, consider hiring someone to do it for you. Poorly written WordPress theme documentation and tutorials can negatively affect your reputation, as well as the sales.