April 2, 2018 — The Customizer is a great tool to live preview changes to a WordPress site. And it is becoming even more: what about a staging environment or a real WYSIWYG experience for editing content?
It is time to benefit from what the Customizer has to offer. In this presentation I will try to give some examples of how you as a web developer as well as your client or user can take advantage from well-known and less well-known features of the Customizer. You can offer your users/clients controlled flexibility and ease of use when customizing their site and at the same time benefit from the available features with regard to long-term support and client satisfaction.
February 25, 2018 — WooCommerce is the most popular e-commerce platform on the most popular CMS, WordPress. It is great for selling discrete products, be them digital, physical, or subscription-based. But what if your “product” is a time-and-materials type service, where clients pay for the time it takes to do something. We love WC, but didn’t find an out-of-the-box solution that fit our need. So over 9-months of testing and refinement we built our own. This talk covers our process, the results, and lessons learned along the way.
November 22, 2017 — As a founder and moderator of a WooCommerce PL Facebook group I often see questions about customizing WooCommerce themes, texts or simple functions. I think that when you are a beginner developer or a shop owner who wants to make some simple adjustments you do not get a WooCommerce Themes 101.
CSS, text tweaks, filters hooks. These are the most common things and usually they sound very complex when you do not know what they are or how to use them.
One of the most common answer to changing some texts in WooCommerce is to customize the translation files. But this is not a good solution and only for a short term – when the translation is updated you lose your customizations.
Let me introduce how to deal with these situations by showing you simple hacks that can be done to WooCommerce.
I will cover:
– Child theme concept,
– CSS tweaks,
– Text tweaks,
– WooCommerce templates,
– WooCommerce filters and hooks.
After this workshop you will be able to make these customizations on your own and you will do it the right way.
The talk is intended for beginner developers and shop owners who want to start working with WooCommerce themes.
October 17, 2017 — So you made changes to your WordPress theme using the built-in Customizer, but you would like the ability to make more changes to the look & feel of your theme, well this session is for you.
I will discuss the benefits of creating & modifying Child themes and show you how you can easily inspect and modify the css styles that control the bulk of overall design.
And if you want to dig deeper into theme customization, I will discuss the benefits of starter/foundational themes like Genesis.
October 17, 2017 — I am cultivating a number of classes which use the Customizer API beyond the typical theme settings. I’ve also begun to build custom controls to allow for further customization of the Customizer. In this talk, I’d like to walk thru how to use the API, demonstrate the existing tools available and then show how to expand on them to better suit your specific needs.
In this talk we will explore how to use the Customizer to improve the user experience for theme and plugin settings, explore how the Customizer has evolved, and look at the future of the Customizer.
October 10, 2017 — WooCommerce now powers over 30% of all online stores, both big and small. While the basic WooCommerce package covers a lot of needs, business use cases often require special attention. This talk with Gary Thayer will look at the best practices for building and customizing themes and plugins for WooCommerce.
He’ll talk about:
* Building a streamline customer service experience for your business
* Keeping template files up to date
* Useful actions and filters
* Custom solutions for unique eCommerce situations
October 6, 2017 — When making a WordPress website you spend lots of time getting the front end just right — find out how to make your client even happier by making the admin side just as great! You’ll learn how to customize the WordPress admin visually, tweak the TinyMCE editor, add custom fields and post types, create documentation, edit dashboard widgets, add options pages, and more. By the end of this talk, you’ll walk away with a bunch of ideas about how to make your WordPress websites even easier for your clients to use.
October 3, 2017 — The customizer is all about site management with a powerful live preview, so gone should be the days where clients have to save something without knowing what they actually have changed. Should be. There are still projects in the wild that don’t leverage the customizer. Let’s change that! In this talk I want to start with the fundamentals of the customizer and quickly jump into demonstrating how easy it is to add live preview to anything with all the specialized controls.