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Themes for the Beginner

In May we're breaking down themes for the beginners and developers in a Saturday double header.

Session 1 Beginners: 10- 12 pm

Lunch Break 12 - 1

Session 2 Developers: (details) 1 - 3 pm

In this beginner session we will discuss:
1) Theme basics - what is a theme, how is it structured and responsive
2) Free v. Commercial Themes
3) Where to find themes
4) How to select a theme
5) Theme Framework Overview

COST*: $5 at the door, cash preferred for both the morning and afternoon

*The meeting cost pays for membership dues, meeting space and other meeting costs.

PARKING:
There is two hour metered parking on the street and on both corners there are parking lots with flat rates usually around $4 for the day.

NOTE:This event was originally scheduled for April 17 and rescheduled due to weather conditions.

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  • Peggy G.

    I did get useful information from the two events and I really appreciate the work Corrinda and Drew put into this. I am a beginner as well, but I learn every time I come, even when it's a bit over my head. I do find some of the skipping around due to questions distracting as well. I know you try to keep questions until the end, and you never know when a good question may clarify a point. Perhaps as members we can help keep things on track; we can make it be our culture to say something such as, "I'm distracted at this point, can we get back to your talking points?"

    1 · May 6, 2013

  • Peni A.

    I agree the level "beginner" encompasses a wide range of skills. This Meetup serves as a valuable resource for getting as much exposure to WordPress concepts as possible.

    May 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I appreciate the effort that goes into hosting such an event. This was my 2nd WP meetup and I have the same impression as the first. I come away with useful info but I'd rather see a more linear, "how-to", type of presentation, e.g. create a website from scratch. Too much skipping around and getting off course. Don't answer every question as it comes up.

    May 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Well said. There were a few people in the beginner class that were not beginners. They were there for attention, which was quite problematic for the actual beginners like me.

      1 · May 5, 2013

    • Corrinda C.

      Thanks for the feedback regarding the how to format for the meeting. One thing we try to take advantage of is the face to face meeting dynamics. There are loads of how to videos on the internet, and with the in-person group we have to opportunity to have a group discussion which you don't find on the internet. We will likely do another poll to check in with the group to get a feel for what members want in the way of content and format. Also, keep in mind we have a very wide range of skills even within the beginner range and try to offer something for everyone.

      May 6, 2013

  • Gary

    I thought overall the meetup was pretty informative. I actually drove up from Colorado Springs. My GPS got me there without a problem in spite of the street closures. Came away with some good tips and resources even though I would consider myself an intermediate WordPress user. Thank you for putting this on! Looking forward to WordCamp.

    May 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks John. For consideration of the organizers: I bet there are many in the WP Meetup group that would be willing to actually PAY for a "how-to" class. Corrinda mentioned a possible class as part of the Oct WordCamp sessions. But I'd rather have something earlier. John, you might try lynda.com. They have a couple of good video series on Wordpress.

    May 6, 2013

  • John F.

    I would like to put in with Robert Leigh. Putting on such an event. A+. My first WP meetup. Useful info for me. Not so much. More "how-to." Amen. Less skipping around. Amen.

    For me: Execution--C-. Resource and potential--A+. The fact that you are there and are promoting WordPress motivated me to recommit to my long-unattended WordPress website: http://johnfultonvideos.wordpress.com/home/ Hey, maybe I set up a contact with one or some of you. I live in SE Aurora and never met an idea I wouldn't rather steal over coffee than read in a manual.

    Over and above the event itself, the whole day was a great adventure for me--1st time on RTD light rail 9-Mile-downtown and back; awed by the tall buildings that were central to my business life several lifetimes ago; the sights of the city; being part of a living American quilt; taking me out of my suburban shell. Whattaday! Thanks a bunch! John Fulton[masked] (1st)[masked] (2nd)
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    May 6, 2013

  • Nik M.

    To the folks who put this together, you should have been aware of all street closures. I drove around for over 50 mins looking to onto Glenarm...Ridiculous!
    The class was billed as a introduction to themes, however within minutes the instructor went into deep dive on CSS and coding. I can't believe this as the whole day was a waists of my time.

    May 4, 2013

    • Corrinda C.

      Our apologies for not knowing about the Cinco de Mayo event and road closures. To clarify we didn't look at any css until the lunch break after the first meeting was over and at the beginning we did look at an infographic that outlines the anatomy of a theme and reviewed the different files that are used to create web pages from a conceptual point of view.

      May 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You're not responsible for knowing about downtown events and street closures to schedule an event, particularly when it was a reschedule due to weather. Others are responsible for getting there. You did as well as many others.

      1 · May 5, 2013

  • Dan R.

    I had three questions for the group that I haven't found answers for yet. At least that I can de-crypt. What is a framework and can I use it to build a site without coding it myself? Does changing themes affect how Google and other search engines index content on the website. I ask because I changed themes from Thesis to one by Graphpaperpress and I immediately dropped off the Internet. And how do I learn to use CSS to change some aspects of my site I find annoying like font sizes? Meetup today was good. Thanks. See you next time.
    DRR

    May 4, 2013

    • Corrinda C.

      Hi Dan-

      May 5, 2013

    • Corrinda C.

      If you want to learn a little more about CSS http://w3schools.com/­ is a good place to start. I also don't know a use case where a theme change would affect your Google standings. There have been many algorithm changes in the last 18 months or so it may have been those changes not the theme. As for the framework I would agree with David, above regarding the coding some you might look at are Ithemes Builder, and Pagelines.

      May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meetup. I took five pages of notes and came away with tons of great resources. Thanks Corrinda and Drew.

    May 4, 2013

  • Mark

    I attended and found some gaps with regards to the differences with twenty twelve and the previous (twenty ten?) that were not explained. I felt the pace of talking thru the various aspects of resources was a bit rushed at times and became a distraction in itself. Maybe in the future if there are these type of workshops, keep basics basic, intermediate and advanced advanced.

    May 4, 2013

  • Deena C.

    Drove around for 45 min and couldn't get to meetup locations due to all the road closures...ridiculous! Sorry I couldn't make it.

    May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there a cost for this class?

    May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    May be too late to ask, but is there Wi-Fi at this place? I'm debating if I should bring my laptop

    May 4, 2013

  • daniel g.

    somethong came up where I can't... Dan

    May 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like a good group. Looking forward to it!

    May 3, 2013

  • Tricia

    Sorry, but Furry Scurry prevails! ;-)

    April 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'bee be there. Really appreciate this being rescheduled. Thanks Corrinda! You're a peach.

    April 30, 2013

  • daniel g.

    hopefully can make it there.... Dan

    April 29, 2013

  • Roger

    I.am really looking forward to this workshop!

    April 29, 2013

  • W. Jason K.

    I'm looking forward to both sessions.

    April 29, 2013

  • Peggy G.

    absolutely, thanks so much for rescheduling! I really need the help!

    April 17, 2013

  • Leslie Lane P.

    Thanks so much for being flexible! Appreciate you moving the meeting.

    April 17, 2013

  • Corrinda C.

    Please note the schedule change and new date and time for this meeting.

    April 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had to change because of another meeting, but now that it's snowing, I can still make it to this one! Hopefully it won't be snowing in May.

    April 17, 2013

  • Katie F.

    I'm also really looking forward to this workshop but will find it hard to attend with the crazy weather. I'd be thrilled to see it postponed.

    April 17, 2013

  • Leslie Lane P.

    Postponing would be best for me. Not sure if I

    April 17, 2013

  • Peni A.

    I vote to postpone.

    April 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm staying in Evergreen today due to the weather that is supposed to pick up throughout the day. I hope that this could be rescheduled.

    April 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would have enjoyed this meetup, but I have another business commitment. See you all next time.

    April 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, something has come up. :( Hope to see everyone next time.

    April 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Should be great fun and a welcome relief now that tax season is over.

    April 12, 2013

  • Nik M.

    Looking forward to it.
    Nik Mead

    March 13, 2013

  • Corrinda C.

    COST*: $5 at the door, cash preferred

    *The meeting cost pays for membership dues, meeting space and other meeting costs.

    March 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks I'll make sure and have that :-)

      March 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there a cost for this class?

    March 12, 2013

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