Stepping into theme development can be daunting. Sure anyone with a little PHP skill and a basic understanding of the loop can create theme templates, but there are a number of things you can learn which can take your theme development to the next level. This month, Amanda Giles (http://amandagiles.com) will discuss the skills that can take you from a beginner theme developer to a master.
This month we'll have free pizza courtesy of our sponsor A2 Hosting (see below for more on this).
Our sponsor this year is A2 Hosting. They provide fast, reliable hosting for WordPress. Use "SEACOSTWP" for a 51% discount. As a result of their sponsorship, we now have pizza and drinks at 1 meetup each month (alternating between Developers and users).
WordPress users and developers of all levels are welcome at all of our meetups. Developers meetups are held on the 1st Wed of each month. At our Developers meetups, the topics tend to be technical and focused on the the back-end coding and development of themes and plugin or sometimes on business practices related to making a living from WordPress, etc. You will find a casual and friendly bunch of folks at our meetups and time is available for networking and shout-outs. If you are new to WordPress, you should instead check out our Users meetup on the 2nd Thurs of each month.
If you are interested in giving a 10-15 minute lightning talk about something (longer talks are fine too!), please let me know ([masked]). These talks can be about anything WordPress/web related (social media, SEO, useful plugins/themes, business practices, code practices or tools, etc.).