#2 Dec 03, 2007 16:32
I think it says "superguru" next to my name over there so maybe my view doesn't count here, but to me it was entirely baffling and not at all fun to try to make an old skin work in 2.1.0 - AND - once I got most of the way done it all started to make sense.
I haven't poked much in 220 yet but so far it looks a lot like 210. The file structure is COMPLETELY different now, but it's not like the old way was the best possible thing ever. The new file structure seems odd but really makes sense.
As for template tags: no worries. Just a fancy way of saying "functions" which is just a programmic way of saying "do stuff". Way back in the day you could read through a file and see something like "$Item->title()" and sorta figure out that this was about the item's title. Same thing now, only how you feed it information (customizing yay!) is different than it used to be.
Some stuff I have no idea how to do. Yet.
So no you haven't bitten off more than you can chew. You customized a skin for 1.9.3, so there is no reason you can't do the same with 2.2.0. Here's an idea for ya: in each of your files in your new skin throw in an html comment so you can see HOW each page of your blog is made.
Then view your own source. Eventually how various bits are made will become obvious. Then you can customize!