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Intro to WordPress Theme Development - The Loop, Tags and Basic Theme Building

One of the many benefits of working with WordPress is having access to thousands of commercial and free themes. But have you ever wanted to design and build your own theme from scratch?

Or have you ever wanted to modify free and commercial themes?

If you answered yes to any of the above, here is your chance to learn WordPress theme development.

WordPress developer, WordPress Westchester member Clint Warren will present: "Intro to WordPress Theme Development - The Loop, Template Tags, and Basic Theme Creation." He will go over everything that you need to know to make your own themes as well learn the tags and "loop" that are found in all WordPress themes.

Even if you know WordPress themes, you should attend because there is always something new to learn when you work with WordPress.

We are also going to continue our successful WordPress Westchester Lightning Round for another month. In September, we answered a wide range of questions ranging from how to move and backup a WordPress website to various web hosting options available to choosing the right theme framework. If you need advice for your current or future WP project or if you have WP questions, this is the time to get them answered.

Lightning Round starts at 6:30 PM, followed by the featured presentation at 7 PM. Meeting concludes at 8:30 PM. Afterwards, we can continue the meeting at a new craft beer bar located a few steps from the Watercooler Hub.

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  • Sachiko G.

    I think Julio and Steve do an excellent job of organizing quality meetups. This topic was a bit advanced for me since I don't know PHP, but was useful in organizing the structure of WP into manageable pieces.

    October 11, 2012

  • Stephen B.

    Clint did a great job on taking a complex subject - creating WordPress themes - and making it understandable. He gave an under-the-hood overview on how WordPress works and showed several sites that he had created. Overall, an outstanding job.

    October 10, 2012

  • Aimee T.

    Very good, presenter was very knowledgeable

    October 10, 2012

  • Julio A.

    Here are the links mentioned tonight:
    Places to learn more about WP, PHP, and MySQL
    http://net.tutsplus.com
    http://wp.tutsplus.com
    http://thenewboston.org
    http://www.lynda.com

    October 9, 2012

  • Julio A.

    Clint's presentation was great!

    October 9, 2012

  • Andrew C.

    Great, very difficult subject to grasp. Clint did a great job. Love web geeks like Clint, there is no problem that they feel can't be solved. Thanks Clint.

    October 9, 2012

  • Julio A.

    Excellent warm up, thanks Clint! Looking forward to your presentation!

    October 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Guys -

    Looking forward to seeing everyone this week. I have created a complementary blog post for this presentation that you can view here:

    http://clintonwarren.com/intro-to-wordpress-development/

    The slides are also available for download here:

    http://clintonwarren.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Intro-to-Wordpress-Development.pptx

    Have a great weekend and see everyone on Tuesday. I'm revising a few parts of the presentation to accommodate a little more demonstration based on feedback from the Hudson Valley Group.

    best,
    clint

    October 6, 2012

  • GabeVelez

    Looking forward to this one!

    October 1, 2012

  • Trenton M.

    Remember to be careful that you're not creating duplicate content in the process

    September 27, 2012

  • Sachiko G.

    Ok, I'm posting my question before I forget about it. I will be running a few independent blogs that tie into one community blog. How do I feed posts between the blogs? For instance, there is a sustainable homesteading organization that writes blogs and an earthen homes/cob oven/earth paint guy who blogs and they often give suburbanforagers.com permission to repost their articles. How can I just feed that into our website?

    September 27, 2012

    • Stephen B.

      Hi Sachiko, Does the homesteading site offer RSS feeds? If so, you could install an RSS display plugin on your site that would display that article. Most WordPress blogs have RSS feeds. But it don't do much with RSS, hopefully someone more knowledgeable will chime in. It also sounds like a great question for the Lightning Round. All best, Steve

      September 27, 2012

    • Sachiko G.

      I don't see an RSS feed, I will have to help them set one up.

      September 27, 2012

  • Sachiko G.

    I thought we were talking about monetizing in this one...

    September 23, 2012

    • Sachiko G.

      That's fine, I'm still going :)

      September 24, 2012

    • Sachiko G.

      And I'll bring some foraged foods

      September 24, 2012

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