Creating your own (Parent) theme with Hybrid Core

If you've attended any of the WordPressNYC meetups, then you know that I'm a big fan of using Parent - Child themes.  Using a well coded theme as a Parent allows for quicker development and a solid foundation for your site.  Last year Daisy Olsen did a session at our meetup titled " WordPress Parent / Child Themes (and why you should use them)", which outlined many of the benefits.

However, not all parent themes are created equal.  So, if you tired of trying to hack functions.php just to make simple changes to your parent theme, then this session is for you.  This month we are going to examine Justin Tadlock's Hybrid Core, and why you should use it to create your own theme.

So, what is Hybrid Core?

 You can read about it here, where Justin Tadlock, explains it best:

"Hybrid Core is a development framework for creating WordPress parent themes. It is not a WordPress theme. It’s a set of conventions and PHP scripts for handling common, complex functionality within themes. The framework takes an extremely modular approach. When creating themes, you only have to use the features that you want to use. It allows you to mix and match components to suit your project’s needs. Hybrid Core was built for theme developers. Its purpose is to aid in the development of your themes while leaving the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript completely up to you."

Who is this session for?

This month's meetup is for anyone who wants to develop their own theme using a solid framework as a starting point.  You must have a general understanding of PHP, HTML and CSS to get the most out of this session.  Beginners are welcome and we will try to explain as much as possible to help you get the most our of this session.

About the Speaker

Steve Bruner runs SlipFire LLC, a WordPress development shop and is the lead organizer of this meetup.  He loves WordPress and is excited to learn more about Hybrid Core.

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Due to security restrictions, registration for the event will close on July 18 at 5pm... one day before the event. You must pay in advance via Paypal. No payments will be accepted at the door.  You must provide a photo ID, to gain entrance.

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  • Rindy P.

    I was a little late to the meeting but still benefited from the group discussion

    July 21, 2011

  • Kristoffer Brinch K.

    I think that the meetup was exciting and the topic was very relevant for me! Hybrid Core is definately something I am going to try - but I am going to wait for the product to mature a bit before using on larger sites where more than one developer is involved (e.g. documentation-wise). It worries me a little bit that so much functionality is coupled together in the Hybrid Core framework. I think that e.g. the widget replacement would make a great plugin in itself keeping it independant of the theme framework. That would seperate the presentation more from the functionality of the widgets.

    But thanks for an interesting session in a pleasant atmosphere.

    July 21, 2011

  • Mike S.

    I used the Genius Bar and learned a lot. It was actually the first time I worked that closely with someone about WordPress... easy going and nice people with the goal of helping everyone! Excellent!

    July 20, 2011

  • Tyler G.

    I was only able to stay for the first half. This approach to a parent theme seems really interesting, and I appreciated a meetup that was more geared towards those who have a more technical understanding of WordPress. Although Steve as always did an admirable job, would have liked to hear a presenter with more experience with working with Hybrid Core.

    Loved the pizza!

    July 20, 2011

  • Chris C.

    I enjoyed it, I did miss the interesting questions from the crowd since there were a lot of WordPress pros in the room, which is half the fun but overall it was good. I also met some nice people.

    July 20, 2011

  • Dawn

    Learning about the Hybrid core code library really helped me understand the difference between what diff companies call parent themes. Hybrid is amazing, thank you for this inspiring Meetup. Great help session too.

    July 20, 2011

  • Ron S.

    Great presentation of material important to WordPress developers!

    July 20, 2011

  • Dorian B.

    Great. Steve was a star.

    July 20, 2011

  • Jeanne

    As always, chock full of good, solid info. Thanks for a great presentation, Steve!

    July 20, 2011

  • Libero Della P.

    I thought the meetup was good. I learned a little about the Hybrid Core set of resources for WordPress and met some interesting people. The environment was friendly and welcoming and the pizza was an unexpected bonus! The first part of the presentation was marred by glare and barely visible projector screen. Also, the presentation was a little scattered. Overall it was useful and fun. I will try and go again.

    July 20, 2011

  • Margarete K.

    Very interesting and informative!

    July 20, 2011

  • Steve B.

    This was one of our first meetups for developers and I think it went well. It was nice to dive into code with the group.

    July 20, 2011

  • Marvin S.

    This was a little too advanced for me, but interesting.

    July 20, 2011

  • Manny

    This was a very informative presentation. It was technical but most of the audience grasp the subject matter. The ideas and the pointers have personally help me with my wordpress projects.

    July 20, 2011

  • Darin R.

    This was a timely meetup as I have begun building custom themes from scratch and need to cut down on production time by using a framework. I also find most parent/child themes to be the same, boring, blog format out of the box and would prefer not to spend time removing tons of functions to mold them into what I need. Hybrid Core looks promising and I will soon try building my own custom framework using the functions and templates. Thanks Steve, for shedding light on Hybrid Core and answering questions about all things WordPress. The Pizza was pretty good too!

    July 20, 2011

  • Andy C.

    It's not listed on this page, but Steve sent out an email to the group a couple of days ago. There will be a genius bar at this meetup event as well. We can definitely try to help you understand child themes, but a knowledge of HTML, CSS, and a little PHP will help you out a great deal. If you're looking for a developer, there's a great number of developers that attend WordPress meetups, so you're likely to connect with someone that can help you out.

    July 18, 2011

  • Dawn

    Kelvin, why pay someone to build something for you that you is already free? This is a fairly advanced topic for someone completely unknowledgeable about WordPress. There are meetups like Website Bootcamp for Creative Professionals ( and NYC WordPress Genius Meetup ( where you could learn a lot more useable info. Best wishes (sorry, I can't help more).

    July 18, 2011

  • Kelvin

    I am a wordpress novice interested in getting someone here to build some parent child themes for me. hopefully someone will be able to help me out at this meeting. thanks, Kevin

    July 18, 2011

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