Growing Pains: Experiments with Child themes and why I stopped using them.

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Price: $5.00 /per person
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WordPress has supported Child Themes for years. There are tons of articles on how to use child themes... even the WordPress codex states "child themes are the recommended way of making modifications to a theme (". At this very meetup, we've had Daisy Olsen explain Parent/Child (and why you should use them) ( now it's time to hear from the other side.

At this month's meetup Allan Cole will talk about his experiences of using Parent/Child themes, and why he ultimately stopped using them.

OPENING PRESENTATION: Accessibility and Websites.

Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, said: "The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect." The internet is definitely one of the best things that happened to people with disabilities. However, there are still many websites that are not accessible to those visitors because they are not designed or coded properly to be used effectively even with assistive technologies. This presentation will cover the basics of accessibility and explain why it benefits everyone, regardless of disabilities, and even website owners.

About the Speakers:

Allan Cole is a self-employed front-end web designer and developer based in Brooklyn, NY. He specializes in building custom WordPress solutions for a wide variety of clients in the entertainment, music and fashion industries. On top of that, he also designs, develops and distributes many popular themes for WordPress including AutoFocus ( and Basic Maths (

Svetlana Kouznetsova (Sveta) is a NYC-based web professional ( with a BFA in Graphic Design, an MS in Internet Technology, and over a decade of project experience with national/international organizations and non-profit/educational institutions. Her main interests are user experience, accessibility, front-end design/coding based on the latest web standards.