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July Meetup: Introduction to Child Themes; Map-Driven WordPress Sites

  • Jul 16, 2013 · 7:00 PM
  • Fathom Creative

Two talks this month at the July WordPress DC meetup!

First up, Brian Jessee on an introduction to child themes. Learn what a child theme is, how to make them, why they are best way to customize WordPress themes. Get an introduction to filters, actions, pluggable functions, frameworks, and everything else to get you started making your own custom child themes for WordPress.

Our second speaker Ben Colmery, on map-driven WordPress sitesHe will speak about InfoAmazonia and the new WordPress theme, MapPress, which were created by Knight Fellow Gustavo Faleiros in Brazil. InfoAmazonia is an extraordinary website based on WordPress- and MapBox that maps environmental data and geo-located stories affecting the nine countries of the Amazon basin. MapPress - a free theme inspired by InfoAmazonia - enables an easy, virtually out of the box, way to launch robust open data mapping sites using MapBox.

Here's the bios for our speakers:

Brian Jessee is a freelance Web Developer Specializing in WordPress Development for Small Businesses. He got started making websites by doing one for spec at a radio station and now runs over half of their station sites in three different markets. He has also, developed many plugins including the Coupon Creator found in the WordPress Plugin Directory. When not working, Brian likes get back to his California roots and surf at Assateague National Park, read books, watch movies, and yell at the TV when his teams are playing football.

Ben Colmery is the deputy director of the Knight International Journalism Fellowships, a program of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ). Through these Knight Fellowships, ICFJ is driving a global culture of news innovation, partnering with newsrooms, startups and other organizations to help them adopt or create technology that engages and informs the public. Colmery assists in the implementation of the program, specializing in project design, partnership building, digital strategy and impact measurement.


Two notes about the event:

  1. We are on the second level in Fathom Gallery and there unfortunately is no elevator.
  2. We don't have a sponsor for the event, but you are more then welcome to bring a six pack and contribute to the rolling meetup beer supply.

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  • Ben C.

    Hey everyone. A quick update.

    The "MapPress" theme I presented is relaunching as "Jeo" (to avoid confusion with the plugin of the same name that only enables Google Maps).

    Here's the demo page:

    Here's the explainer page with the code and github link:

    Best part?

    They've just added integration for Open Street Maps, Stamen and MapQuest. And they're working on adding CartoDB.

    All that powerful mapping with the ease and flexibility of a WordPress theme.

    Get excited!

    September 6, 2013

  • Arnulfo Jason Castillo I.

    Thanks Ben and Brian!

    July 17, 2013

  • Ben C.

    Hey everyone. Here are all the links from my presentation on MapPress, InfoAmazonia and MapBox.

    I'm happy to answer any questions and bounce ideas.

    It was a blast last night. Thanks to everyone who could make it!

    2 · July 17, 2013

  • Brian J.

    Hey, If you did not make it or just want to check out the slideshow follow the link below. Also, there is a link to download the Child Theme I created for Twenty Thirteen and some other great articles that get into depth on Child Themes, Filters, Actions, and Frameworks. Enjoy!

    1 · July 17, 2013

  • Amar T.

    Awesome presentations! Thanks Brian and Ben.

    July 17, 2013

  • Arnulfo Jason Castillo I.

    Is there a recap of the discussion of the meet up yesterday? I couldn't make it and it seemed like a good one too. Thanks!

    July 17, 2013

  • Enoch H.

    Great info! Been doing WordPress for a couple years and this was my first real introduction to child themes. Thanks much!

    July 16, 2013

  • Anthony D P.

    I have a conflicting event this month, but should be in the clear to see you guys in August.

    July 16, 2013

  • Patrick H.

    But WP peeps pls show my boys Zach and Peter a good time!!!

    July 16, 2013

  • Patrick H.

    Too hot!!!

    July 16, 2013

  • Ryan K.

    Looking forward to my 1st WordPress meet up !

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • Askia R.

    Does anyone know how to remove an embedded logo in the 2111 theme? I've been able to adjust/edit every gif/pic but I can figure this one out. Any help would be sincerely appreciated. Thanks in advance!

    July 15, 2013

  • Brian L.

    Great subjects! Unfortunately I'll be out of town.

    July 15, 2013

  • Mark L.

    Yes I'm coming

    July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to this!

    July 11, 2013

  • Ainhoa Moya M.

    Not sure I will be able to make it, but it definitely sounds interesting!

    July 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please help me.

    July 11, 2013

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