‘Themes’ Videos

  • Tracy Levesque: 6 Ways to Up Your Theme Game

    Tracy Levesque: 6 Ways to Up Your Theme Game

    WordCamp NYC 2014Speaker: Tracy Levesque

    November 15, 2014 &#8212 Are you a front-end designer who searches the free WordPress theme directory, finds something similar to the design you’re looking for and then modifies it to suit your needs? A lot of WordPress theme designers start off this way, but soon it’ll be time to take it to the next level. This presentation gives you 6 specific tips to boost your WordPress theme building skills.

  • Andrea Rennick: Choosing the Right Theme

    Andrea Rennick: Choosing the Right Theme

    WordCamp San Francisco 2014Speaker: Andrea Rennick

    November 14, 2014 &#8212 Lighting Talks: Unscary Tech
    How to find a theme for your blog, where to look, what to look for and what kinds of themes are out there.

  • Sam Hotchkiss: Building and Managing Large Multisite Networks

    Sam Hotchkiss: Building and Managing Large Multisite Networks

    WordCamp NYC 2014

    November 9, 2014 &#8212 Over the past few years, my company has built multiple large (500+ site) multisite networks for companies in the financial services industry, and consulted on a number of high-traffic multisite installs. In this talk, we’ll talk about what makes a good multisite network and when you should look at other solutions, and I’ll go over the issues that we faced and the lessons that we learned.

  • Kevin Cristiano: Troubleshooting Common WordPress Problems

    Kevin Cristiano: Troubleshooting Common WordPress Problems

    WordCamp NYC 2014Speaker: Kevin Cristiano

    November 7, 2014 &#8212 In this session we will go through ‘common’ problems with WordPress and what to do about them. Common is way too vague, but what we will cover is the best way to troubleshoot when your site is not acting the way it is supposed to. We will aim this talk at the beginner, our goal is to stay away from code and error logs to show you what you can do to troubleshoot your site if problems arise.

  • Rebecca Gill: 10 Tips for Turning Your WordPress Website Into an Traffic Driving Machine

    Rebecca Gill: 10 Tips for Turning Your WordPress Website Into an Traffic Driving Machine

    WordCamp Grand Rapids 2014Speaker: Rebecca Gill

    November 5, 2014 &#8212 Did you build it and no one came? If your website isn’t bringing in visitors like it should, join me for an educational session full of action items. We’ll walk through the ten top changes you can make to your WordPress website to begin driving traffic and converting visitors.

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  • Mickey Kay: The Art of N00b - Tips for beginners in the world of WordPress

    Mickey Kay: The Art of N00b – Tips for beginners in the world of WordPress

    WordCamp San Francisco 2014Speaker: Mickey Kay

    October 31, 2014 &#8212 New to the world of WordPress? Wondering how best to jump in? Intimidated by all the stuff you “don’t know”? Come join the party for an action-packed flash talk covering LOADS of goodies including: simple steps to getting involved, experience-based insights for developing your skills, plenty of useful resources for your bookmarks tab, and lots more. The talk will also cover some of my own adventures in WordPress land, including some of the projects, plugins, and people I’ve been involved with. So if you’re newer to the WordPress community and want to up your game (build a plugin, code a theme, get involved, etc), come join us!

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  • Corey Ellis: Anatomy of a WordPress Theme

    Corey Ellis: Anatomy of a WordPress Theme

    WordCamp Dallas/Fort Worth 2014Speaker: Corey Ellis

    October 29, 2014 &#8212 The theme of your site at minimum controls how your site looks and many times may offer a multitude of the functionality. The basics of understanding how WordPress themes work is understanding patterns in the 3–5 core files that are required for a theme.
    This sessions walks you through a cursory overview of each of these files so you understand how they all work together to create a WordPress theme.

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  • Susan Ramsey: Working with Themes and Plugins

    Susan Ramsey: Working with Themes and Plugins

    WordCamp Dallas/Fort Worth 2014Speaker: Susan Ramsey

    October 28, 2014 &#8212 I this presentation Susan Ramsey discusses best practices for choosing and understanding how best to extend the functionality and design of your WordPress site using themes and plugins.

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  • Marc Gratch: Your First WordPress Site

    Marc Gratch: Your First WordPress Site

    WordCamp Dallas/Fort Worth 2014Speaker: Marc Gratch

    October 28, 2014 &#8212 When many of us take the dive to set up our first WordPress site, whether it’s for yourself or a client it’s easy to lose enormous amounts of time. For many veteran WordPress developers it is very easy to forget that first experience of stumbling through the dashboard, or sifting through countless plugins. Marc walks through the process of getting a domain to launching a basic site.

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  • Trisha Salas: People First - Accessibility Considerations for WordPress Theme Developers

    Trisha Salas: People First – Accessibility Considerations for WordPress Theme Developers

    WordCamp Dallas/Fort Worth 2014Speaker: Trisha Salas

    October 28, 2014 &#8212 Accessibility is a growing concern in the WordPress community at large. Accessibility in web design means creating a site that everyone can use. The U.S. Census Bureau says that over 47 million Americans have a disability of some kind. The UN and the World Bank say this adds up to 650 million people worldwide. That’s around 10% of everyone in the world. At some point in our lives, disability will affect most of us, no matter who you are. Every decision you make as a developer affects hundreds of thousands of people (or more!).

    The mission statement of WordPress is to democratize publishing through Open Source, GPL software. WordPress ‘out of the box’ is already a great way to make a website accessible. As theme developers we can do more. People who can’t see or hear, others that can’t use a mouse, people who use special assistive devices to access the web — these people need to access websites. As theme developers, we need to know about accessibility.

    Accessibility Statement: “Accessibility is the degree to which a product, device, service, or environment is available to as many people as possible.” Cynthia Waddell

    There are 2,655 themes in the WordPress.org theme repository. Only 12 of those themes have the tag ‘accessibility-ready’. We can meet those accessibility guidelines with just a few extras steps. We will start with basic things like creating readable headlines and adding alt text to images. From there we will cover some of the information in the Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 Guidelines.

    Trisha will provide real world examples from the perspective of her visually impaired son.

    We are all responsible for making our part of a project accessible. You will need to shake things and change your processes a bit in order to achieve accessibility.

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