You Want Me to Design What? My Word!

Odds are, if you're using WordPress, then you could benefit from knowing some HTML & CSS.

Wait, what's HTML & CSS? Come to this meetup to find out!

Kory McDow, web designer at Certified Square, will take us through introductory HTML and CSS so you can modify the feel of your WordPress theme with ease. We'll cover topics from adding links and inserting images to changing the font size and background images. We'll also sprinkle in some tips, tricks, and resources so you can easily change the design of your own WordPress-driven websites. Instead of saying, "My Word!", you'll leave saying, "My WordPress!"

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  • Misty

    Good presenter. Good to see consideration for newbies and experienced alike with the presentations.

    January 30, 2013

  • Michael A.

    I enjoyed my first meeting and looking forward to future ones. I ran into several fellow students from PCC and (hope it's OK) wanted to share a facebook group we started for students or alumni of the PCC web design program. Visit us at http://www.facebook.com/groups/...­

    January 29, 2013

  • Pete A.

    Dumbed down for total newbies. As a user who has done his homework, I got nothing out of the first hour, so I left. I think the problem is that it started as a designer's group calling itself a user's group. I honor the hard work and dedication or the organizers, but it is not working as a user's group. Change the name.

    January 29, 2013

    • Daniel B.

      @pete we'd love to have you help out with session planning if you have productive opinions about content. There's also the developer meetup you might check out.

      4 · January 29, 2013

  • Patty A.

    I am brand new to WP and am attempting an ecommerce site. (Big mistake!) I bought a custom theme that recommended Woocommerce, so thats the direction i went. I would love to find someone in the Willamette Valley that is familiar with the plug-in, that i can meet with to discuss how to get it up and running. I'm a "visual learner" and all the documentation makes me feel like I have ADD. :)
    I'd be open to other suggestions as well. The client is VERY small and just starting out. Some of the stuff is up: I can't figure out what relates to what, or where some of the dulpicate images are coming from...

    http://heinscreativelatheworks....­
    http://heinscreativelatheworks....­

    I don't mind paying for instruction... but would also trade graphic design work!

    January 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there anyone else in Gresham or on the way that would like to carpool? I like the idea of walking in a group at night when I am downtown. : )

    January 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Being a former teacher myself I think Kory did a wonderful job with his presentation. He had a great voice presence and was a dynamic speaker. The detailed description of this meetup was specifically noted as "introductory" so perhaps checking the description prior to attending would help individuals identify which meetups best fit their level. Perhaps it would also be a good idea to put the level at the very beginning of the Meet-Up description in the future (such as beginner, intermediate or advanced). I know I have been guilty myself of skimming messages and missing information. I hope my personal observations help. Thank you to the moderators too... since it is all volunteer. : )

    2 · January 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had to work late so I missed this one. I hope there will be another sometime.

    January 29, 2013

  • Craig

    I'm afraid it was a little too rudimentary for me. Looking forward to the developers meetup.

    1 · January 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meetup. Would definitely bring others to these design oriented/less technical meetups in the future.

    January 28, 2013

  • Faddah Steve Yuetsu W.

    nice beginner's how-to on design changes with html & css in wordpress. good for beginners. as someone who already know some of this, it was a nice refresher. i would have liked to

    January 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had to work, but got there just before 7, and was locked out! Bummer.

    January 28, 2013

  • Dan G.

    Hey all, just quick note on the new location. It's across the street from the Bank Tower's max line on 5th. The entrance is the same entrance for the Post Office. The address of the door you want to enter on is 206 SW 5th Ave. http://goo.gl/maps/4Fq6o­

    January 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is going to be over my head! Can I just absorb a bit through osmosis to start learning about this stuff? Need to establish myself in Portland for business.

    January 28, 2013

  • Barbara H.

    Does anyone know what the easiest and cheapest parking is around this location? If it's on the street, do you need to feed a meter after 6:00? Thank you! I get nervous about parking in Portland....

    January 27, 2013

    • chrisanthy k.

      Barbara...Parking is pretty easy to find at this time on a Monday. Meters operate until 7:00 pm. It's probably cheaper to park on the street than in a garage since you'll only need to pay from about 6:15 - 7:00.

      January 27, 2013

    • Barbara H.

      Thank you, Chrisanthy!

      January 28, 2013

  • D Michael W.

    I looking forward to learning about WordPress theme modification. Thanks Kory for sharing your knowledge!

    January 27, 2013

  • Jehn G.

    Should we bring anything in particular?

    January 26, 2013

  • Matthew T.

    I've been building custom WP themes for a living for about a year. I'd be happy to help out. When I show up for meatups I'm usually in over my head! It'll be nice to help for a change.

    1 · January 26, 2013

  • Patty A.

    I know html and CSS to some degree, just don't know where to alter it in WP. This will be great! Any chance someone might know about how or why you shouldn't use Dreamweaver as an html editor to get into the WP style sheet?

    January 21, 2013

    • Faddah Steve Yuetsu W.

      (cont'd.) ...c) through your web host, if they have cPanel or something like it, you can use their on-line web file editors to edit the css in your derived child theme folder (see above).

      d) you can edit your style.css for your child theme (see above) locally and then FTP upload it to the site to your child theme folder (www.yourdomainname.com/­wp-content/themes/[yourc­hildthemename]/style.css­). i've done this in both mac os x and linux. you can do it in apple's text edit, i like textmate (http://macromates.com...­), some people like bbedit (http://www.barebones....­), or free unix/linux editors, like various versions of emacs (http://aquamacs.org/­ & http://www.gnu.org/so...­).

      hope all this helps. looking forward to the design workshop at pdxwp.

      January 24, 2013

    • Faddah Steve Yuetsu W.

      one more thing - for self-hosted wordpress installs, there is a great full featured css editing plug-in - http://wordpress.org/...­

      January 24, 2013

  • Melissa

    I'm there to absorb! I'm new to wordpress, but have worked in open source CMS plaforms. Excited to join.

    January 23, 2013

  • John B.

    Kory,
    I hope you'll cover how much HTML & CSS we can safely insert in to a Post or Page in WP, in addition to changes to the theme/wrapper.

    January 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am so excited about this! I have been fighting with CSS for so long. Now I have a feeling we'll become good friends :)

    January 8, 2013

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