Designing Wordpress themes

Hi all,

Im looking to design a custom theme for Wordpress, as its a CMS i’m comfortable with, however I’m really struggling to get a grips with even the basics of theming it.

I have a static HTML page built from my PSD designs, I’ve had a good search through several sites with guides but none have been of much use to me.

I was thinking of the possibility of using an alternative CMS that has HTML integration but im not sure if that going to suffice for the website i’m creating, so I thought the next best thing would be to ask for advice on creating a theme for wordpress.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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I found quite a useful tutorial. I followed it step by step and have an error.

This is where the theme is hosted: Game Of 2 Halves | Game Of 2 Halves

I get: “Fatal error: Call to undefined function the_post_thumbnail() in /hermes/bosweb/web287/b2871/ipg.gameof2halvescom/wordpress/wp-content/themes/Wordpress Theme GO2H/index.php on line 15”

The line of code on the line is

<?php if ( function_exists( 'add_theme_support' ) ) the_post_thumbnail(); ?>

Any help would be super. Thanks.

Edit: Another thing I noticed was the theme is more complete on the 404 error page. For example: