WordPress Themes

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The What, Where, and How of WordPress Themes with Chris Rodriguez

Chris will talk bout how to edit your theme, how a theme is created, and everything in between.

About Chris Rodriguez

Chris is a Front End UIX Developer who is self-taught in developing and creating WordPress themes. He has vast knowledge in responsive, frameworks, markup, and best practices when coding and styling.


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Location and Parking

Metered street parking is available on Hill and Broadway Streets. There is also a paid parking lot at 420 Bernard in Bamboo Plaza with reasonable rates, or another lot on Broadway. For public transit, we are a couple of blocks from the Chinatown Gold Line station, and multiple bus routes go up and down Hill and Broadway. For up-to-date parking information the night of the event, please check parkme.com or use ParkMe's iPhone or Android app (see links above).

Map to help you find us

http://bit.ly/qy8Xkj... kleverdog coworking is located in an alleyway between Hill and Broadway; just a couple doors down from Phoenix Bakery on Broadway. Look for the bright red door with the 418 address -- we're on the second floor.

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  • Stephen S.

    I thought Chris' presentation was a nice overview of a site theme structure. As Beau stated, the side tips on web standards, best security practices and back-up standards was a welcomed addition.

    With the background info presented, what would be nice at this point would be to take the intro to "the next level" and actually see a theme being built from scratch. After Chris' presentation, I'd probably now have a much better understanding of the theme build process.

    Obviously one of the challenges of a group like ours - with such a range of WP experiences - is to have presentations that somehow find a sweet spot among everyone. So far Natalie and crew have done an excellent job as the group leaders and I appreciate their efforts...

    1 · November 21, 2013

  • Beau D.

    I think Chris gave a pretty good talk on the essential components of a WordPress theme.
    In fact, he gave even more than the basics by also speaking to the importance of web standards, best security practices and backup/recovery measures.
    WordPress has grown into into the modern CMS that we all love, and, as with all loved ones, sometimes we are kept awake at night wondering "what have I got myself into?!"
    Spend a few minutes with a guy like Chris, and he'll provide a salve to soothe the savage CMS.

    1 · November 20, 2013

  • Chris S.

    I agree that I would have liked to have seen more hands-on examples of actually building the theme as opposed to a simple explanation of where files are located and a basic overview. In regards to people's comments on not being able to build or edit a theme without knowledge of PHP, there is no way around that. WordPress is built in PHP, so if you want to alter it, you will need to know PHP. You can get acquainted with the functions that WordPress provides, but just using those already requires knowledge of PHP. If your focus is on altering or building new functionality, you will need to know PHP to work with WordPress. If you simply want to make it more pretty and change the layout, then HTML, CSS, and an understanding of the WordPress functions should suffice.

    3 · November 20, 2013

  • Duncan M.

    I was disappointed too. I didn't really come away with any practical info. At least none that a non-coder could understand. Perhaps if there had been a caveat about needing to code PHP to get anything out of this meetup would have been helpful? It seemed like non-coders or people who only know HTML and CSS could actually work with themes a bit, but it really doesn't seem to be the case. The speaker really blew through so much very superficial info that perhaps only helped coders. I understood most of what the speaker said but without knowing how to write PHP this information seemed pretty useless. Just wish I had known. I think in general with Meetup the details about meetups are rarely specific enough. But I understand that this meetup was good for others so that's nice. I appreciate all that goes into doing these meetups.

    1 · November 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought this was going to be more about how to build a theme so I was disappointed by it.

    November 20, 2013

  • Jan von H.

    Good general overview, with nice extra tips and references.

    November 20, 2013

  • Robert L.

    Great presentation. Any chance at getting another look at some of the first few slides?

    1 · November 20, 2013

  • Graeme

    Awesome as always.

    November 19, 2013

  • Joy

    Will this presentation be recorded for viewing later on?

    3 · November 19, 2013

  • Karen M.

    Really bummed out that I'm going to miss tonight's presentation on themes...Something came up at the last minute! Hoping someone else can have my spot!

    November 19, 2013

  • Jerry J.

    Looking forward to this. And getting some good Chinese food before the meeting!

    November 19, 2013

  • Valent

    Is this even only gonna talk about theme? Just curious :-)

    November 10, 2013

    • Karen M.

      Why not check out our Beginner's WP Group, "Los Angeles Wordpress 101" - it's just for Beginners and helping to solve problems. Right now, we're able to spend time individually one-on-one so we'd love to have you join us! Our next Meetup is December 5 in West Hollywood.

      2 · November 17, 2013

    • chris r.

      feel free I am sure I can help :)

      November 17, 2013

  • Cesar

    First time to SoCalWP. Looking forward to meeting everyone.

    1 · November 13, 2013

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