Developing a theme

I never use ready made themes in my projects because every site needs a look, feel and functionality just for that particular business. But I do kickstart things by using a starter theme called _s or Underscores. This handy starter theme, gives me a good basic structure and a start to CSS with resets and some navigation. Everything else is then up to me as I develop.

Join me as I do a live coding demo (yikes!) and take you through the basics with this theme and how to make it your own. This theme is not changed by options in the Dashboard, real code editing is required. Some knowledge of CSS, HTML & PHP will go a long way to understanding what I'm doing and feel free to download the files yourself and follow along with me on your local server.

As always, we start at 6 with a meet and greet and there is always someone available if you have a specific question on your site. The presentation begins at 7.

You are welcome to bring your laptop, but bringing a hotspot and a fully charged battery is recommended. The Holiday Club router and plugs are very limited.

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  • Becky D.

    If you missed this or want to review, I've posted the video (thanks Reno!) on the Discussion board. Check it out. Now I have to write a blog post to go with this...

    November 18, 2013

  • Becky D.

    Some additional notes for those that want to dig further:
    This is the helpful article I mentioned:

    Thanks to Rachel for suggesting these plugins & resources to use as you develop themes:

    And of course where it starts:

    November 7, 2013

  • Steven S.

    It was good to see familiar faces and new folks. Thanks, Becky, for "advanced custom fields". I got my custom post type coded and populated with fields this morning. Now, on to cleaning up my CSS!

    November 7, 2013

  • Jan W.

    i love your code collapse tip for reset in my css file! i always learn something at your meetup.

    1 · November 7, 2013

    • Todd

      Agreed! That was such a helpful tip!

      November 7, 2013

  • Jeff B.

    I don't know about the rest of you, both this level of presentation and the comments by the "pros" in attendance was just up my alley in terms of interest and technical level. Also, those Revolution IPA's at $4 a pint didn't hurt.

    1 · November 7, 2013

  • Becky D.

    Great to see so many faces tonight! Please don't forget to fill out the survey for what you'd like to see at this meetup next year. Just click here to begin -

    November 6, 2013

  • Jeff B.

    Good to see and hear about something a bit more technical.

    November 6, 2013

  • Sheetal S.

    I am outside the main entrance of holiday club. could anyone please help me knpow how can i come in?

    1 · November 6, 2013

    • Fran B.

      They don't open until 6 pm.

      November 6, 2013

    • Jeff B.

      Open at 6:00 pm. But knock on door.

      November 6, 2013

  • Ken

    Sorry, waited as long as I could, hoping I would feel better. I think I am getting something and don't want to share it with all of you.

    November 6, 2013

  • Juan

    @ EmeraldCityCoffee waiting for six o'clock. :)

    November 6, 2013

  • Steve S.

    Sorry to miss! Might we get you to reprise this for the Web Pros.?

    November 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Aww sadness, I am so busy with my own theme projects I can't make it. :(

    November 6, 2013

  • Dennis C. K.

    Looking forward to it. I do use themes, (probably Elegant Themes the most) and I find that they provide an excellent foundation for attractive and tasteful presentations for those of us in the WordPress Design/Development community who are more graphically challenged than "codely"? challenged. But I always do significant customization for clients, more on the business logic side of things than what fonts go with what and the best color swatches to employ - that's where my confidence really starts to flag. Many small business have never made a significant investment in branding and as a result can't give a Developer/Designer a good starting point in terms of graphical assets anyway. That's been my experience.

    November 6, 2013

  • Jeff B.

    I would like a short discussion on using child - parent approach to understand what parent to select and how to deconstruct it. That is, should you start with a complex parent that may be hard to dissect or a simple one that's bare bones?

    1 · November 5, 2013

  • Bob W.

    Anyone new to WordPress or new to this group can look me up between 6 and 7 and I will try to get them up to speed. If this works out I will try to formalize a ongoing newbie corner.

    2 · November 5, 2013

    • Becky D.

      Awesome Bob, thanks!

      November 5, 2013

  • Professional Services D.

    Just what I've been looking for.

    1 · November 4, 2013

  • Nancy N.

    This will be interesting - looking forward to it!

    1 · October 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I know NO coding. But I take good notes fast. Will that work?

    1 · October 9, 2013

    • Becky D.

      Completely up to you and your comfort level Nancy. Just wanted everyone to know that this is a more advanced session. You are certainly welcome.

      October 9, 2013

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