September 2, 2014 — Pseudo-selectors are my favorite CSS tool. They make it possible to create some amazing visual effects, while keeping your HTML semantic and minimizing the images on your site. This presentation introduces the basic concept of pseudo-selectors, and goes over the various pseudo-selectors that are available and when they are useful. It provides examples from sites I have developed of how I have used pseudo-selectors to achieve visual effects that would have been very difficult or even impossible without them.
September 2, 2014 — When we make it easier for users who face vision or mobility challenges to use websites, we make them easier for everyone to use. From larger hit areas to clear indications of state we’ll cover a few simple things we can start and stop doing with CSS to make websites faster to navigate with a keyboard, easier to use with a course pointer, and understandable without visual formatting.
August 27, 2014 — Sass, a CSS preprocessor, allows you to write faster, more powerful, and more manageable CSS. Learn how easy it is to setup your project to use Sass. Once Sass is ready to go, you will discover the powerful tools that Sass provides to take your CSS to the next level. Integrating Sass with WordPress can be tricky at first, so we’ll take a step by step approach showing you how to seamlessly take your Sass files and use them in your WordPress project.
August 21, 2014 — Ever wonder how to make that column just a little bit wider or change a font? Are you totally overwhelmed by files upon files of PHP? There are some simple and effective ways to tweak the design of a site without breaking anything. We cover ways to add custom CSS and the whys and hows of a basic child theme.
August 20, 2014 — Rhys does an introductory beginner talk on Child Themes, which involves the following:
- What is a child theme?
- When you should use a child theme?
- When you shouldn’t use a child theme?
- Structuring a child theme in your themes folder & common practices.
- The style.css file of a child theme, how to structure it.
- The functions.php file of the child theme.
- Common Issues that beginners ask about.
August 18, 2014 — Understanding why your page is rendering slowly is the first step to improving your page load speed. The faster your pages load, the better the site will convert and the happier your clients will be!
July 23, 2014 — Understanding why your page is rendering slowly is the first step to improving your page load speed. The faster your pages load, the better the site will convert and the happier your clients will be!
June 16, 2014 — Learning how to write and edit Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) can open a whole new realm of possibilities for custom design of a WordPress website. CSS can be simple, but if you haven’t had a proper introduction to the basics, it can seem anything but that. This presentation goes over the basics of CSS and how to implement CSS changes on a WordPress site using Firebug and a basic text editing program. Being able to make simple CSS changes will empower you to make the necessary style changes (such as changing font colors/sizes, background styling, padding etc.) without having to rely user options to do so.
May 13, 2014 — This talk provides an overview of each component of a WordPress sytlesheet and how it outputs in the browser so that you can easily tackle the task of modifying your WordPress stylesheet using CSS.
October 14, 2013 — In this talk learn to write your CSS faster and more efficiently. CSS pre-processors like SASS and LESS let you write DRY CSS that can be modularly used to create themes and sites quite a bit faster.