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The Anatomy of a WordPress Theme

The theme of your site at minimum controls how your site looks and many times may offer a multitude of the functionality. The basics of understanding how WordPress themes work is understanding patterns in the 3-5 core files that are required for a theme. Today's session with walk you through a cursory overview of each of these files so you understand how they all work together to create a WordPress theme. This will be your first step toward learning how to edit or even create themes in the future.

The second half will walk you through the steps of creating a child theme. We'll be focused on child theming one of the default WordPress themes - Twenty Twelve.

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  • Sandi B.

    A BIG THANK YOU to Jackie Dana the worlds best real-time blogger.
    The Austin WordPress Community is so fortunate to have so many members who are willing to share their expertise (thank you Bobby Wilson and Corey Ellis for a great program) and capable Scribes like Jackie who capture the info for those unable to attend. Note: Video of last light's presentation will be submitted to WordPress .TV We will post URL on when it is available

    1 · July 24, 2013

    • Jackie D.

      Thanks Sandi! :D

      July 24, 2013

    • Jeff F.

      This was a terrific session - very helpful.
      The organizers asked for ideas for future topics. I'd like to see one on Multisite. I have a huge single site that I'd like to setup for Multisite without disturbing the existing material (for example, if Pretty Permalinks are indeed required, as the Codex suggests, then it's too late for me since I already have the default link type scattered all around the internet).

      July 27, 2013

  • Corey E.

    Sorry for the last minute posting. Please add questions you made have for Bobbie and I here.

    July 22, 2013

    • Jackie D.

      Hi Kevin, some themes allow you to make those kinds of changes in the Dashboard. If not, it can be done with CSS using a child theme. I'd encourage you to review the notes from last night's presentation and to come out to future theme/design meetups to learn more.

      July 24, 2013

    • Kevin F.

      Thank you Dana! I just wanted to know in case my web person says they can't do it.

      July 25, 2013

  • Jackie D.

    Notes from tonight, including a link to Corey's presentation:

    July 24, 2013

  • Tony T.

    Sad, I have to miss this. Will try and make it to the next one.

    July 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Love the idea, but didn't note the date until I put it on the calendar.

    July 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cool idea but already made plans.

    July 22, 2013

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