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Building Themes for WordPress

This WordPress course runs for two days on Saturday, July 12 and July 13 from 12:45pm to 5pm each day. 

This class is for intermediate 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 an introduction to custom post types. There will be project time at the end of day 2 to work on themes and answer specific questions.


• 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 Tracy Levesque, our Instructor:

Tracy Levesque is a co-owner of YIKES, Inc., a Philadelphia web design and development company located in Fishtown. She has been designing websites since 1996 and working with WordPress since 2006. She spends her days building custom themes for WordPress and seeing how much functionality she can add without knowing PHP. When not wrangling HTML and CSS, Tracy rides bikes, eats sushi, chases her 7 year old daughter and takes pictures of abandoned buildings.

We're looking for TA's for this class! If you can help, contact the organizer at yasmine at girldevelopit dot com. 

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  • Tracy

    Thank you all for coming, I had a great time teaching you all about making WordPress themes. Best of luck with your theme building!

    1 · July 14, 2014

  • Carol F.

    Great session. It was a high quality learning experience. It will move me to a higher level on WordPress.

    1 · July 14, 2014

  • Tracy

    Hi everyone. Feel free to come 30 minutes early if you want a quick review of the material covered on Day One. The TAs and I will be there :-)

    July 13, 2014

  • Tracy

    Hey folks, there is caution tape around Indy Hall. You'll have to duck under it to get to the door :-)

    July 12, 2014

  • nancy s.

    I'm coming--am I still on the list from the cancelled class?

    July 11, 2014

    • Tracy

      I'm not sure, but you can work it out with Yasmine. See you soon!

      July 12, 2014

  • Kristen G.

    Would love to TA for this if you still need help!

    May 29, 2014

  • Zoe R.

    Tracy/ Yasmine, I can definitely TA Saturday if you still want the help and will try to get a sitter so I can be there Sunday as well.

    May 8, 2014

  • Lauren T.

    I had signed up for the May class. Can't attend the July class, unfortunately. How do I get a refund?

    May 8, 2014

    • Yasmine M.

      Hi Lauren - can you email me? yasmine at girldevelopit dot com.

      May 12, 2014

  • Yasmine M.

    We hold this class about twice a year. It will not be for a few months but you'll receive a Meetup notification next time it's offered.

    April 28, 2014

  • Lauren T.

    same as Adeline! I will be away but want to attend!

    April 28, 2014

  • Adeline K.

    Really want to attend this but will be away that weekend--are there any plans to hold it again?

    April 28, 2014

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Your organizer's refund policy for Building Themes for WordPress

Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.

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