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Coding your own Wordpress template

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Just attended an excellent GDI Philly workshop on WP theme development taught by Tracy Levesque. Any chance of this meetup actually happening somewhere in Balto area?

    April 12, 2015

    • Jonathan O.

      I could teach it, but I am about 1h30m away in Lancaster. If someone wants to host I could drive down I suppose. I teach this exact thing in my class at PCAD.

      April 12, 2015

  • Janis

    Well, I just found a company, that allows me to make just a graphics home webpage in a .png, .jpg, .pdf, .ai or even a Photoshop .psd format and they implement their conversion process to turn it into a fully functional Wordpress theme.
    For $99. Turnaround time 3 days.
    (Then all I have to do is study all the .php files showing what they did).

    March 30, 2015

  • Jonathan O.

    I could teach this virtually if anyone is really interested. Maybe run a Google Hangout some day if possible.

    1 · January 20, 2015

  • Daniel David J.

    I'm looking forward to attending my 1st meeting. I'm a self-taught WordPress developer.

    January 20, 2015

  • Matt B.

    If the group is still looking for a location, I'm connected with the Baltimore City Robotics Center - and there's availability most evenings. Message me for more info - thanks!

    January 19, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this just on hold until a location is secured?

    November 15, 2014

  • Jonathan O.

    If anyone is in need of figuring out child themes/templates sooner rather than later I can offer my services of screencast/walkthrough on Google Hangout. I am a freelance designer/developer but also a teacher of many things WordPress related. Feel free to direct message me on here to set up an appointment time.

    August 27, 2014

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      September 4, 2014

    • Jonathan O.

      If anyone is looking to learn more about theming I could teach via Hangout or some other method. Please contact me at [masked] to learn more.

      October 24, 2014

  • Janis

    The theme that I am currently working on building for myself is (correction from previous post)­Focus

    October 24, 2014

  • Janis

    We could all go to and pick out a theme we liked, and work on making it ourselves, from scratch. See below post from me on resources to use.

    October 21, 2014

  • Janis

    Okay, I just found this website on building your own Wordpress theme from scratch using a framework:

    I also found this:
    (and I can do a lot with a free trial)

    Maybe we could go through the 16 individual lessons of the first link above together. I see 32 people here are currently interested. The public library would have free meeting rooms.

    The theme that I am currently working on building for myself is

    (I love fancy gradients and deep focal length pics in a website!)

    October 21, 2014

  • Zane M.

    This is a good idea, but seems vague...

    Are we referring to design elements? Designing a portfolio based theme has different elements than designing a hotel theme.

    Design tools such as; Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketch, etc.?

    Or are we referring to designing a single page template?

    Or are we referring to coding/developing and not really designing?

    May 21, 2013

    • Janis

      Zane, I am now studying code from .html files like­eview/DeepFocus and I want to make every picture on it easily changeable in the Wordpress Dashboard. I use extensive gradient shading to make a site fancy and also want to make those gradients easily changeable.

      August 31, 2014

    • Jonathan O.

      I can teach these things. Once you get into writing functions and adding them to your own custom admin area it can be a breeze adding in your own customizations. There's a lot of set up work, but that can far outweigh the time involved in updating down the road.

      September 1, 2014

  • Brian

    Do you know of anyone who teaches a wordpress class?

    August 28, 2014

    • Jonathan O.

      I am teaching this fall at a local school in Lancaster. I also teach one on one via Google hangout.

      1 · August 28, 2014

    • Janis

      The Meetup Group "Girl Develop It" teaches a $24 (or $90?) Wordpress class (and is not all girls)­

      1 · August 29, 2014

  • Andy S.

    I think that this would be good 2-3 session series starting from basic HTML/CSS and moving to a basic WordPress template:

    * Home Page
    * Interior Page with Sidebar
    * Blog Listing / Archive + Sidebar
    * Single Post with Comments + Sidebar

    This is a decent 360 for a standard theme. Thoughts?

    4 · November 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sounds great.

      November 18, 2013

    • Jonathan O.

      I could teach on this if anyone is interested in learning more. I can do a Google Hangout if you would like to schedule a time with me. Direct message me for details.

      August 27, 2014

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    March 5, 2014

  • Janis

    I have looked through all the free templates of and I also have looked at other sites such as What I want to do is take an existing single page template from one of those sites, and make every component of it (every single picture on it) easily changeable in the Wordpress Dashboard. Currently, only the header picture and the background picture are easily changeable in the dashboard as a Custom Header or Custom Background.
    I want to make widgets available in every piece (header, main content, side content, and footer).

    I'm not talking about using Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator, etc. to make the pictures themselves fancy.

    I'm talking about writing custom code (lots of CSS) including your own plug-ins to accomplish this customization (and also changing the functions.php file extensively) regardless of what kind of theme (portfolio, hotel, non-profit, creative, etc) you pick, and making the theme exactly what you want.

    May 21, 2013

    • Ari W.

      I would love to hear more about that.

      November 19, 2013

  • Ari W.

    This sounds great. The Dec. 2 date works for me. Let me know if I can help.

    November 8, 2013

  • Andy S.

    Good deal, I'm working to see if we can host this at Betamore on Light St – more details soon, targeting first Monday of Dec, December 2.

    1 · November 8, 2013

  • Ari W.

    I'm flexible on date and location except for friday nights and saturdays.

    November 7, 2013

  • Zane M.

    Sounds like your talking about customizing everything, like you said :D

    At that point you should look into the WordPress starter theme Underscores ( Or just start with your own blank file.

    May 22, 2013

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