Theme Busters R Us

Notice the different date and time: Tuesday, June 26th starting at 6:30 pm.

We have a special guest this month! Lance Willett, Themes and Customization lead at, will be taking us through...

Breaking themes for fun?! Crazy talk. Busting your WordPress theme – on purpose – can be both fun and useful. The process is a crucial part of building sites with WordPress, whether it's for a client project, a personal blog, or releasing an awesome new theme to the world.

Testing is often considered a dirty word; we either have no time to do it, or we think it's boring and tedious. Breaking stuff should be fun and something we are excited to dig into. Even better if the breaking means pushing your theme to extremes to simulate real usage, with a goal of making it the best it can be: the best quality possible, and the best experience for people using it.

We'll begin with 15 or so minutes of announcements and news, Lance's presentation will run for 20-30 minutes, and then we may break into two groups after Q&A.

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  • Michael S.

    Great speaker. This was superb.

    July 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Got some very useful advice on debugging themes. Great to see helpful plugins and processes that an expert goes through.

    June 28, 2012

  • bruce g.

    Nice talk about theme quality issues and debugging tools and techniques.

    June 27, 2012

  • Faddah Steve Yuetsu W.

    excellent info on debugging wordpress themes given by the leaders of automattic, the company behind wordpress.

    June 27, 2012

  • Daniel B.

    Lance is a great presenter! Super knowledgable.

    June 27, 2012

  • Rob H.

    Very helpful!

    June 27, 2012

  • Rob H.

    I've been trying to get myself reoriented to the new web development environment for after being away for awhile . I've needed something like this (and the Hardcore HTML meetup a couple weeks back) for a long time.

    June 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am so glad I attended, even though it was a bit over my head, (I'm not a techie) but I need help with my website. I was surprising able to follow along even though I didn't understand everything. I made some great connections.

    June 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The speaker was good and the topic is important and was of interest to everyone. And I left with some new things to add to my toolbox. Looking forward to the next meeting.

    June 27, 2012

  • Pete A.

    As usual, the meeting was geared to _developers_, NOT users.

    June 27, 2012

  • Sue S.

    Great meeting, thanks for bringing in the WP people.

    June 27, 2012

  • Daniel P.

    I appreciated that the slides were online, including all of the links. I cannot wait to start using what I learned on my new themes.

    June 27, 2012

  • Lorelle V.

    Ouch, I just noticed the time and date. Can you put that in an announcement on the forum and at the top of the post to make sure everyone gets it right. Thanks!

    1 · June 15, 2012

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