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How to Create Page Templates for WordPress Sites

Ever wanted to know how to create a 'Page template' to be used with a WordPress site? Want to know what a page template is? How this can be used to give individual pages on your site a more unique look or feel, something different from your standard wordpress theme?
Last week we learned
How to Design a WordPress Theme, no small challenge but not all that difficult either. :) This week we are covering 2 different topics on 2 different days. On Thursday, we're continuing down the rabbit hole of Designing for WordPress. This time we're going to take a look at Designing Page Templates in WordPress.
What is a Page Template? A page template is different than a theme in that it is just a single customized page on a WordPress site. It can be used for a number of purposes from customizing a wordpress page into a landing page, a thank you for ordering page on a checkout window, customizing sidebars to display something different than the default widgets and much more. It can offer different layouts, menu systems, headers etc. You can select a customized Page Template from within your WordPress Admin area, and once selected that template will be used for the display of that individual page, possibly over riding the look and feel of your theme.
Goal By the end of this 90 minute class, attendees will have created at least one WordPress Page Template themselves. We will walk through the creation and setup of page templates for


  • Different Sidebar layouts

  • Landing Page Creation

  • Thank you Pages (for ordering or attempting to contact us

  • And as we have time, we'll help people that attend walk through their custom issues or concepts.

  • We might also talk about when to use a page template versus conditional formatting or a second or third theme (topics that we'll teach in future sessions)


Is this Class for You? If you have ever made any minor adjustments to a wordpress theme before and have experience in uploading theme or plugin files to your own wordpress site, then you should have no difficulty learning this topic and keeping up with the in class tutorials. If you have any html or theme experience at all, it will definitely help. You will need a laptop with wifi for this class, an ftp program of your choice and your own wordpress site to access during the class. Future classes to expand into additional topics that will include * Designing Multiple sidebars in WordPress (ergo more than 2 and placed in multiple areas of a theme) * Conditional formatting in themes * WordPress Magazine theme design * When to use alternate themes in a site * WordPress theme design for CMS If you have an idea for a topic to add to this list, please add it here on meetup
http://www.meetup.com... We'll work them in not so much based on popularity but on how they fit into the over all lessons and goals.
Missed Something You Would Like to Learn? If you miss a topic or couldn't attend, please let me know and I can review when to schedule a make up or repeat session. Everyone has different schedules and goals, so the schedule will never be perfect, but we can try and try again! As we go into deeper topics we will also explore the use of ThemeDreamer a Dreamweaver addon, and later converting Photoshop designs into wordpress themes.
Location -
http://lightbulbcowor.... There IS free parking on site. The main exterior door leading to Suite 103 is unlocked until 5pm so you will not need a code to enter. Suite 103 is at the end of the hall when you walk in the main door. Free Wifi There is free wifi on site using routers Lightbulb 1 or Lightbulb 2 The password for the routers will be provided at the time of training. Guests We request that any guest interested in attending, should join our group and RSVP individually themselves. After the meetup, if they choose to leave the group, that is fine. For tracking purposes and scheduling of the space the organizer needs this information to insure there are the proper number of resources available. Registration Registration will be open up until 2 hours before the event. Personal / On Site Training If you are interested in personal training either at Lightbulb or at your own office or location, these services are available from Brett Bumeter of Softduit Media at a rate of $35 per hour, minimum 4 hours of training per session. The mentored meetup training sessions are designed to be structured for groups and significantly reduce the individual cost and where possible be provided for free. But in some cases if you require a specific type of training according to your own priorities or schedule On Site training may be a better more timely fit. Would You Like to Mentor a Session Yourself? If you would like to suggest an Idea for one of our mentored meetup sessions, and you have the experience and expertise to teach that session, be sure to mention that in your Idea suggestion through Meetup.com. :)]Lightbulb Coworking (Corner of S Mint and Summit Ave in Charlotte, about .5 miles from BoA Stadium) 1430 S Mint St, Ste 103, Charlotte, NC 28203 There IS free parking on site. The main exterior door leading to Suite 103 is unlocked until 5pm so you will not need a code to enter. Suite 103 is at the end of the hall when you walk in the main door.
Free Wifi There is free wifi on site using routers Lightbulb 1 or Lightbulb 2 The password for the routers will be provided at the time of training.
Guests We request that any guest interested in attending, should join our group and RSVP individually themselves. After the meetup, if they choose to leave the group, that is fine. For tracking purposes and scheduling of the space the organizer needs this information to insure there are the proper number of resources available.
Registration Registration will be open up until 30 minutes before the event.
Would You Like to Mentor a Session Yourself? If you would like to suggest an Idea for one of our mentored meetup sessions, and you have the experience and expertise to teach that session, be sure to mention that in your Idea suggestion through Meetup.com. :)

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I *almost* feel guilty about receiving excellent one-on-one expert information and consultation, so please do me a favor and come learn at the next seminar!

    March 27, 2010

  • Brett

    Hey Everyone,

    Just wanted to clarify that we are accepting rsvp's right up until the event happens. If you DO RSVP, but can't make it I will be happy to refund your money less any fees. (don't think fees are deducted by PayPal, but just in case). :)

    March 24, 2010

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