November 20, 2014 — Every plugin or theme developer who’s done a lot of development has learned that developing the backend often takes more time than developing the front end. Thinking about how you make your backend look and what you name options can save many, many hours on support. We’ve found in research amongst our own users that default settings often don’t get changed. What does this mean? What to do with it?
November 14, 2014 — Underscores has become the go-to starter theme in the WordPress community. It serves as a common denominator to reproduce bugs for WordPress Core, it’s what WordPress Theme Review Team administrators point theme authors to, when asked how to improve their review process. It’s also the starter theme of choice for many premium theme shops, selling on Theme Forrest or WordPress.com. What sets it apart from other projects that are built for the same purpose? How did it get to the point it is today? And what might the future look like. Get answers to all these questions and explore the secrets of its success.
October 13, 2014 — Grab a cup of coffee and start your day off (no matter what time it is) on the right foot with Automatticians Konstantin Obenland and Michael Cain in our morning show-style WordCamp talk!
October 12, 2014 — I’ve recently had a few people asking me about bespoke WordPress themes – what you can and can’t do, what is ‘WordPress specific’, what starter theme to use, etc.
I would like to give a short demonstration on the basics of creating a WordPress theme from scratch, showing how it is much easier than people may think. I will also share a few tips and tricks I’ve picked up over the years that enhance and enrich bespoke builds, along with a few resources I’ve found invaluable. The talk is aimed at people who want to create a one-off theme for a single website (eg. a client project,
personal blog), rather than building a theme for distribution. It will require previous knowledge of WordPress, HTML, CSS and basic familiarity with PHP.
October 9, 2014 — Underscores is a starter theme, but what does that mean? Why should you use Underscores, also known as simply _s? In this talk I’ll go through why at Automattic we use it to create our themes. I’ll also show you why and how you can too.
October 5, 2014 — Michael and David shows you some of their tips, tricks and best practices for developing custom themes for WordPress. Learn how to set-up a workflow that transitions a freelance methodology right to the collaborative environment of an Agency. They touch on how to use Git, local environments and how to master your own development workflow to run with the pros.
August 14, 2014 — Why, when, and how to automate your WordPress theme development workflow using tools such as Sass, Gulp and Yeoman.
August 5, 2014 — We will look at the difference between Options and Transients, in what situations plugin developers should use one over the other, and why one is not superior to the other.
June 23, 2014 — As an agency that builds and maintains large numbers of WordPress-based customer solutions, we have been searching for more efficient ways of developing themes. What we want (need!) is reusability, standards, clean object oriented code, a meaningful file structure.
This talk shares our best practices: Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) applied to WordPress theme development!