Themes for WordPress Professionals

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

Session 1 Beginners: (details) 10- 12 pm

Lunch Break 12 - 1

Session 2 Developers: 1 - 3 pm

In this developer session we will discuss:
1) Creating and using Child Themes
2) Functional plugins vs. theme options
3) Custom Content Types
4) Custom Fields
5) and more

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 25 and rescheduled when the beginners meeting was cancelled due to weather conditions.

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to know how to stop a theme from prompting an update, and if this is a bad idea. I made a child theme, but it doesn't always work, so my parent theme has some edits.

    1 · April 17, 2013

    • David S.

      There is a plugin to disable updates. That being said (in my opinion and in my practice) a professionally built theme should not need updating. I don't create themes that require updating. But there are many themes out there that do require updating - and in those cases it is a logical practice to update them. If you are using a freebie theme, it's always best to update them for safety reasons. If you're considering purchasing a theme, that's an important question to consider, along with how to instal and update the theme.

      1 · April 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Just an FYI, Chase - I did what you recommended and removed the version line in my parent theme's header ... and that prompted a prompt to update the theme (the opposite of what I wanted). It is reading my settings as version "nothing" now, and asks me to update to the version that it actually is. So I put the version line back in the parent theme's header, but it is still prompting me for the update. Now it shows a big red banner on each admin page, telling me to update. I don't mean to complain, because this is all free advice ... I'm just letting you know.

      May 11, 2013

  • Bruce R.

    Good; though a venue that doesn't require feeding parking meters would be helpful. :-) I don't mind doing a bit of coding here and there, but still am looking for a framework that is closer to a " 'psd in->page out" WYSIWYG tool; so far Genesis, and more recently HeadWay Themes come closest, but it still takes way too long to tweak CSS and go from concept to page, but we'll get there. Does anyone else know of something like this? ... I enjoyed the suggestions in the afternoon session and would appreciate notes from the morning session when they're available. THANKS! :-)

    May 4, 2013

    • Corrinda C.

      I don't know of any "psd in page out" type of software but did find this with a Google search http://wordpress.psd2...­. There are also a number of companies that will convert your psd designs as well. I haven't used it but Pagelines looks like a drag and drop solution. \

      May 5, 2013

    • Bruce R.

      Thanks, Corrinda! I'll check it out... :-)

      May 5, 2013

  • Regina W.

    This was my first WP meetup and I really enjoyed it! To second what someone else said, I did kinda wish that there was more focus on creation of a WordPress site.

    While I have familiarity with WP (on a blog/admin side), it was the child themes that really tripped me up. I think maybe a walkthrough on how to create child themes, maybe for those who want to code and those who don't, would be extremely helpful.

    I also like the idea of having these on the weekend, though I do understand the issue of finding open venues. Still, both were very enjoyable and I'm looking forward to going to another one!

    2 · May 5, 2013

  • Gregg P.

    Thanks Drew and Corrinda for two great presentations. Good information to help guide us as we continue to learn.

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • Curt D.

    Thanks for your presentation, Drew. Great job. I especially appreciated your discussion on how you can create a plugins instead of modifying the functions.php file. Good stuff!

    1 · May 4, 2013

  • Drew J.

    We had a reasonably good-sized group of folks and talked through a couple of more intermediate topics.

    1 · May 4, 2013

  • Nik M.

    themes for the beginners and developers

    May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    thank you everyone for updating your rsvp's! I was on the waiting list. but now I can go! I appreciate it. Joy :)

    May 3, 2013

  • daniel g.

    Had something come up that I can't.... Dan

    May 3, 2013

  • Diana F.

    I so want to come, and keep missing... I have had another event come up that I need to attend, hopefully next time. I do want to meet other WP developers -- I may need to share a work load. If you know of anyone please send a message. Thanks!

    May 3, 2013

  • Sean

    I'm not sure if you guys filled up all of the slots for speakers yet, but I may be interested in presenting on admin customization. More specifically, I would speak about using custom post types, custom fields, and theme options together to create a full CMS admin panel for your client.

    1 · April 16, 2013

    • Sean

      I think you're misunderstanding...I'­m referring only to content customization. You could be easily convinced otherwise, especially if you are not using Advanced Custom Fields already on client sites. They are all the rage these days. And, no I prefer to use my own starter theme over frameworks for personal workflow reasons.

      1 · April 18, 2013

    • Drew J.

      Sean, did you still want to present in some form or fashion tomorrow afternoon?

      May 3, 2013

  • Keith

    community event in Brighton

    May 3, 2013

  • Stephanie M.

    Hoping for a parking friendly venue :)

    1 · April 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I second that! But also just glad to have these mtgs anywhere :)

      April 18, 2013

  • David S.

    Should be able to attend and interested in presenting if possible. Thank you.

    April 17, 2013

  • Judy A.

    I'm a maybe for the second half.. thanks fro rescheduling.

    April 17, 2013

  • Corrinda C.

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

    April 17, 2013

  • David S.

    I could speak to what to look for in premium themes and in how to have a theme custom-designed for you if you're interested.

    April 6, 2013

    • Corrinda C.

      corrinda at sbwps dot com there's a typo above

      1 · April 7, 2013

    • David S.

      I'll send you an e-mail. Thanks!

      1 · April 7, 2013

  • Nik M.

    Nik Mead

    March 13, 2013

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