As advocates of using WordPress for more than a blog publishing platform, we make a vigilant effort to find ways to push past some perceived limitiations of WordPress. There is a gem of a post over at Web Designer Wall that discusses WordPress theme hacks. While the post is a little older, there’s many items to explore especially for beginning WordPress developers.
During your next go-around with developing for WordPress you should be looking for opportunities to employ some of these hacks, as you can manipulate some default items to make your WordPress-based site work the way you need it to.
Additionally, this post over at WPCandy will fill your appetite for even more in-depth WordPress manipulation. Use the items in here as a basis to make some rather substantial changes to the way WordPress handles page items by default.
Play around with some of these techniques and check back frequently for some more advanced resources from us.