Speakers: Lara Schenck

  • Lara Schenck: Vetting and Choosing Themes

    Lara Schenck: Vetting and Choosing Themes

    WordCamp Pittsburgh 2016Speaker: Lara Schenck

    October 6, 2016 — A slow website has serious business impacts. Period. 40% of mobile users abandon a page that takes more than three seconds to load (1). Many “Creative Responsive Multi-Purpose” themes are beautiful and flashy with their demo content, but have speed indexes of more than 50 times what is recommended (2). Are free themes any good? How can you tell good premium themes from bad ones without buying them? Never fear! There are several ways to vet a theme before shelling out the cash.

    In this talk, we’ll cover strategies for evaluating themes’ code quality and performance, and creating healthy, content-oriented websites. In many ways, this is a call to action to the WordPress end user community: let’s shift our values from flashy effects to rock-solid content and fast websites. Scroll-jacking and parallax are over!

    1) http://bit.ly/1LB87ve
    2) http://bit.ly/1g8GH44

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  • Lara Schenck: Vetting and Choosing Premium Themes

    Lara Schenck: Vetting and Choosing Premium Themes

    WordCamp NYC 2015Speaker: Lara Schenck

    December 22, 2015 — A slow website has serious business impacts. Period. 40% of mobile users abandon a page that takes more than three seconds to load. Many “Creative Responsive Multi-Purpose” themes are beautiful and flashy with their demo content, but have speed indexes of more than 50 times* what is recommended. How can you tell good themes from bad ones without buying them? Never fear! There are several ways to vet a theme before shelling out the cash.
    In this talk, we’ll cover strategies for evaluating themes’ code quality and performance, and creating healthy, content-oriented websites. In many ways, this is a call to action to the WordPress end user community: let’s shift our values from flashy effects to rock-solid content and fast websites. Scroll-jacking and parallax are over!

  • Lara Schenck: Sass – “CSS With Superpowers”

    Lara Schenck: Sass – “CSS With Superpowers”

    WordPress Meetup NYCSpeaker: Lara Schenck

    June 28, 2015 — You’ve been meaning to start using Sass in your projects, right? But it looks hard…is it really worth figuring out? Yes, yes it is! Sass is “CSS with superpowers” and a wonderful entry point into larger development concepts and best practices. We’ll talk about what Sass is, how to get started, and identify some key features you can apply to your own work.

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  • Lara Schenck: Sassy WordPress

    Lara Schenck: Sassy WordPress

    WordCamp Montréal 2014Speaker: Lara Schenck

    May 30, 2015 — You’ve been meaning to start using Sass in your projects, right? But it looks hard…is it really worth figuring out? Yes, yes it is! In this talk, we will cover Sass basics like structuring projects, mixins and variables, and using extensions. We will then go over how to start using Sass in your own themes as well as touch on a few Sass-ready starter themes. Afterwards, Lara will be available at the Happiness Bar for demos and to help you get set up!

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