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Building Themes for WordPress

UPDATE: Class date has been changed to December. On the bright side, you have more time to sign up now if you haven't done so yet :) 

This WordPress course runs for two days on Saturday, Dec.14 and Sunday, Dec.15 from 12pm to 4:15pm. 

This class is for WordPress users with a HTML/CSS skill set who want to learn how to build custom themes for WordPress. 

We'll cover the following:

Day 1 - Intro to Wordpress themes, Child Themes, Starter Themes and Theme Templates: You'll leave with an understanding of how WordPress themes work, how to find and install them, how to safely modify them and how to create theme templates.

Day 2 - Building Theme Functionality: You'll learn how to build theme functionality such as: widgetized areas, custom widgets, menu areas and custom post types. There will be project time at the end of day 2 to work on themes and answer specific questions.

If you need financial assistance, please fill out our scholarship application here.


• Intermediate or higher level WordPress user (stand alone install, NOT

• Strong familiarity with HTML/CSS (PHP a plus, but not required) 

• Ability to use a text editor to edit code 

Please come to class with: 

• A laptop

• A locally or remotely hosted sandbox WordPress site to play around with

• Your favorite text editor 

• Graphics editing software (optional) 

About Meredith Matthews, our Instructor: 

Meredith Matthews provides website development, consulting and design services to business and non-profit organizations worldwide. She specializes in developing on the open-source platform WordPress and has built her career fixing the mistakes of other WordPress experts and providing practical, ground-level assistance to business owners and creatives who are reconsidering their personal relationships to DIY web projects. She flees from marketing and PR projects, has never applied for or been awarded a grant for anything, and studied communications at Fordham University.

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  • KhalilDaCoder

    Yeah... Great suggestion Kristen, I would definitely be interested in that class for the New Year. I can't believe the one in December got by me. Actually just started learning WordPress about 3 days ago...

    January 17, 2014

  • Kristen

    Do you think you will offer this class after the holidays in the new year? I can't make this class because I'm closing on a house and most likely moving that weekend! :-( Upset because I have been waiting and searching for a Wordpress Theme development class!

    1 · November 21, 2013

    • Lena L.

      Hi Kristen! Right now we offer classes based on students' interest. Let's see how it goes after the holidays, I'd love to repeat this class in a few months :)

      1 · November 21, 2013

    • Lena L.

      Good luck on your moving! If you have some time today, I'd love to see you at November Social tonight

      November 21, 2013

  • Debra W.

    I'm confused about when this will be offered: Nov 9 & 10, or Dec 14 & 15?

    November 9, 2013

    • Lena L.

      Hi Debra, My apologies I didn't update this sooner! Class indeed was pushed to the later date.

      November 10, 2013

  • Jennifer C.

    I was actually planning to attend until I saw this was a two day class, I can't make it Sunday! Do have plans to offer this again in the future? If so, I'm in!

    1 · November 4, 2013

    • Lena L.

      Hey Jenny! If we don't have enough people sign up for this weekend I would have to push it to December, after the Thanksgiving. Few more people were also interested in attending but the date didn't work out for them either. Stay tuned :)

      1 · November 4, 2013

  • Meredith

    Hey future students: If you don't have a WordPress sandbox of your own to play in, let me know, and I will find one for you.

    October 30, 2013

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