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!
May 17, 2014 — Maybe you are just getting into creating WordPress themes, or maybe you’ve been at it a while but still feel like you’re missing something. The good news is that WordPress themes can range from small to big and from simple to complicated — they are what you make them! This talk covers the essentials: template hierarchy, The Loop, custom queries, and how to get more information or guidance from the Codex when you’re stuck. Soon you’ll be writing themes faster than you can think them up!
May 15, 2014 — The back-end and front-end teams at Modern Tribe set out to create a WordPress starter development kit in order to speed up development and help keep uniformity among projects. So, how did we build it? Why didn’t we use “________” framework instead? What does the code look like? Is our universe real? What is true happiness? This session will attempt to answer at least 60% of these questions.