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WP Ann Arbor April 2014 - WordPress Theme Customization Best Practices

So you've installed that shiny new WordPress theme and are ready to go. But wait...it doesn't look exactly the way you want it to. Now what?

In this session Kyle Maurer will walk you through practical, real-life examples of the how, what, where and why when it comes to customizing our WordPress theme. 

Kyle will be covering issues such as:

• Child themes

• Theme options

• Using plugins to customize the theme

• Creating plugins to customize the theme

• Tips and tricks

Come prepared to learn and feel free to bring examples of theme customizations you want to make on your site for discussion and demonstration.

Speak Bio

Kyle Maurer is the co-founder and lead developer for Real Big Marketing which is a Jackson, Michigan based, full service marketing firm. Kyle has been developing WordPress websites full time since 2011. Kyle also co-organize the Jackson WP Meetup. Kyle has a passion for working with WordPress, helping others with their online challenges, attending meetups and WordCamps and developing new WordPress plugins.

• Follow Kyle on Twitter

• Connect with Kyle on LinkedIn

• Follow Kyle on GitHub

• Add Kyle on Google+


Talk Level: Intermediate


Call for Topics & Speakers:

If you have a topic you would like us to cover, please let us know. Also, we are always looking for new speakers to talk about WordPress related topics, if you, or you know someone who would like to speak, please get in touch.

Location

(Please note: The meetup location is above "Arbor Brewing Company" just look for the "Ingenex" door.)

Parking

There is a parking structure opposite "Arbor Brewing Company". Parking costs $1.20 per hour.

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  • Neal C.

    Great discussion. Valuable as always!

    1 · May 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great program. Saved me from being Sir Lancelot by just a few hours. The generosity of this group and the WordPress community is outstanding. Learned a bunch last night.

    Would love to attend a program on best SEO tools and practices for WordPress sites.

    1 · May 1, 2014

  • Kyle M.

    I had a great time. The Ann Arbor group is fantastic. Declan, Ross and Lyndsay do a fantastic job and so many interesting people attend. Thanks for bringing me in.

    May 1, 2014

    • Declan O.

      Thanks Kyle, we really appreciate you coming and offering to speak. Getting speakers is very difficult. Have a safe trip to WordCamp North Canton.

      1 · May 1, 2014

  • Thomas K.

    Great talk! The crowd had tons of questions and Kyle adapted his presentation quite well to the needs of the room. He's quick on his feet!

    Someday I would love to share experiences and get advice on theme/plugin management in large Multisite installations. I feel like there must be a better way to handle things than what I'm doing now.

    Thanks again Kyle!

    1 · May 1, 2014

    • Kyle M.

      Thanks a lot Tom. I really enjoyed the discussion and am glad it was valuable to some. I'd love to have a discussion about multisite one of these days. I've been using multisites extensively for a few years and they are an aspect of WP that I am very interested in. I also observed there are some cool multisite related talks scheduled for WC Chicago http://2014.chicago.w...­ just as an added note. Those guys know more than I do.

      May 1, 2014

  • Rebecca S.

    Very informative! I'd love to see future meet-ups on working around the grandchild theme problem as well as working with hooks and filters. Thanks!

    3 · May 1, 2014

    • Kyle M.

      Thanks Rebecca. I'm sure we can make that happen.

      May 1, 2014

  • Andy P.

    Very helpful and fun talk. Thanks for showing me the things I've been doing wrong and saving me a bunch of time.

    3 · April 30, 2014

    • Kyle M.

      I'm really glad it was helpful Andy. Thanks.

      May 1, 2014

  • Derek M.

    Great talk tonight! I especially loved the Monty Python presentation. Looking forward to learning a lot more about Wordpress.

    3 · April 30, 2014

    • Kyle M.

      I'm glad you liked it Derek. I was a little concerned I was overdoing it with the references.

      May 1, 2014

  • Declan O.

    Kyle did a great job explaining child themes, hooks, and filters.

    2 · May 1, 2014

  • Michael D.

    Anyone still here? Was stuck in traffic from the east side, but now that I'm here, the doors locked :(

    April 30, 2014

    • Declan O.

      Hi Michael, did you get in?

      April 30, 2014

    • Michael D.

      Yep :) Someone walked out about halfway through. Good to meet you and the team today. Looking forward to the next one.

      May 1, 2014

  • Eric M.

    Sorry, had to cancel my RSVP. I start my new job that day and not sure I can get off in time to make to Ann Arbor.

    April 28, 2014

    • Declan O.

      No worries. Good luck with the new job. We'll see you again soon.

      April 28, 2014

  • Kyle M.

    Looking forward to this. Thanks for inviting me.

    March 31, 2014

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