WordPress Free, Premium and Child Themes and Theme Frameworks

At our last Meetup, a number of folks were interested in WordPress themes - how to find a good them, who to trust, what makes a good theme and even how to build a theme.

For this meeting, we'll discuss:

- What is a theme?

We'll break down what a theme actually is, how it works and what it looks like under the hood. We'll show you how themes are installed into WordPress and how you can select from your various themes.

- Where to find great themes

We'll talk about free vs. paid themes and what to watch out for. We'll review where you can get a high quality theme and what the costs and benefits are to the themes you might choose for your blog or website. We're only going to scratch the surface, because there's a lot to cover, but you should walk away know where to find the theme you need for your project or client.

- Theme Frameworks and Child Theming

Today, there are "theme frameworks" that have all the base elements of what a theme should contain, such as a header, footer, sidebar, primary font, heading font, paragraph font and more. We'll talk about why theme frameworks are good and why they actually might not be good for your project. We'll also cover creating "child themes" for theme frameworks, that modify the base theme to include colors and style. And, we'll cover how graphical assets are delivered by the designer and how they are cut and coded into WordPress themes.

This workshop is considered beginner for part of the meetup when discussing where to find and install themes and intermediate to advanced for the other part of how to develop a child theme for a theme framework. For the first part, we won't be very technical. For the second, we'll be talking about taking Photoshop files and converting them into HTML and CSS, as well as a bit of PHP , so that you can understand how themes are structured.

Before you come out to the Meetup, you'll want to review these links:

Child Themes
http://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes
http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/wordpress-child-themes-dev/
http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2011/12/creating-your-first-wordpress-child-theme/

Free Themes
http://wordpress.org/themes/

NOTE: Never download a free WordPress theme from a Google search. It can contain malicious code and allow someone a back door to your web server. Only download Free themes from Wordpress.org, which are vetted by WordPress for security.

Premium Themes
http://wordpress.org/themes/commercial/
ThemeForest.net
Eleganthemes.com
RocketThemes.com
WooThemes.com
StudioPress.com

There are many more premium theme sites and we'll talk about them during the Meetup.

Look forward to seeing you all again!

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  • John M.

    The Meetup leaders: Anthony Zeoli & Michael McNeill thoroughly addressed the interests and questions of a blended group of experts, and motivated novices (all dedicated and intelligent people yearning for knowledge of this tool). The pace was fast due to time limits, but materials were provided by the principals for later review online, with references to sources.
    I can't wait for the next session.

    2 · October 22, 2013

    • Thomas - The Danish D.

      Me too, looking forward to next meeting. btw what is the code for carolina blue?

      October 22, 2013

    • Michael M.

      The Hex triplet is #56A0D3.

      October 22, 2013

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