Basics of Theme Customization - The St. Louis WordPress Meetup

What to know how to bend a theme to your will? This month we'll talk about the basics of theme customization. We'll look at taking an existing theme and change a elements like headers, background colors, etc. We'll cover how to interpret a themes CSS and where WordPress keeps all its files for themes.

Note: We're starting a little later this month. Folks said rushing to the meetup after work was a bit of a pain. I hope this means more folks can make it out - like you!

Reminder: We're now meeting at Lab1500, a brilliant co-working space located on Washington Ave. 

Lab1500 is located at:

1500 Washington Ave., Suite 100 
St. Louis, MO 63103

The entrance is on 15th Street and we'll be on the ground floor. Parking is on the street and the meters stop running at 7pm.


Since many folks attend with questions in-hand we want to make it easier for them to get answers. Instead of making people wait till the end of the evening to ask their questions, we're going to dedicate the first 30 minutes of the evening to questions and conversation.


6:30pm to 7:00pm - Question & Answer time. Come to help others, ask questions, and socialize before the main event.

7pm to 7:15pm - Introductions and housekeeping.

7:15pm to 8:30pm - Main topic of the evening and presentations.

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  • Steve F

    Learned a lot. 1. Thanks for the help in discovering how to use the DOM Inspector in Chrome to diagnose an issue in a mobile theme. Fixed a post on a site just as soon as I returned home.

    2. Discovered that using a Custom CSS plugin may not be as good as using a child theme for tweaking CSS.

    3. Discovered that a couple of the full-timers use the Genesis framework exclusively, if I heard correctly. Not sure I'm ready for just a framework at this point, but a single Genesis theme plus the framework is like $100, v/s like $60 for just the framework. Or $500 for all their themes and the framework and a lifetime membership for unlimited websites. I'm not accustomed to paying that much money for themes or even dev software.

    Anyone have any experience with Genesis themes?

    2 · October 17

    • Steve F

      Liz, I decided to go with the Headway framework because of the drag and drop interface. Hope I won't regret the $200 I dropped for a developer license. Jumping in with both feet here...

      1 · November 15

    • Liz S

      I looked at Headway years ago, will be interested to hear what you think of it, Steve.

      November 16

  • Aaron G.

    I finally wrote a blog post covering what we talked about, check it out on the STL WP site. Thanks again for all the good questions and discussion.

    1 · October 21

  • Ted P.

    Thank you for the insight and information. It helped..!!

    October 16

  • Rod

    50/50 that I'll be there. Wednesday is turning out to be busy, this is the one I really wanted to go to

    October 13, 2014

  • Bob B.

    Let me clarify- some reporter called the situation at iThemes a "hack" (Those reporters... you gotta love them)...
    Cory's official word was that they were
    "noticing some suspicious activity on our server."

    Whatever the case- a password change would be in order (Bottom Line...Final answer...).

    September 25, 2014

  • Bob B.

    Just a point of information- most people are aware... But iThemes (Cory Miller's group in Oklahoma City) was recently hacked. If you are a part of iThemes customer base- or have customers here, you will need to go in and change your iThemes password(s) asap

    The company put safety procedures in place for protection. If this affects you (you are a member/customer), there should be some instructions from iThemes to make changes in your mail.

    September 25, 2014

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