December 14, 2018 — Dipping into Child Themes is an introduction to theme modification & development for anyone curious about how WordPress themes are built and safely modified.
This talk will provide several simple and practical Child Theme examples and explain the modular nature of the Template Hierarchy. We’ll also touch on how Template Tags and Conditional Tags and how they can be used to enhance a website.
December 7, 2018 — How to build a WordPress themes business
October 21, 2018
July 17, 2018 — This talk will discuss the basics of creating a dynamic custom WordPress theme using a modern workflow and Advanced Custom fields. This talk is suited for designers and developers who would like to get started with making custom themes, or who would like a refresher on best practices.
July 8, 2018 — In this talk we will provide context of the evolution of the web as related to the support of progressive technologies by the platform and describe how such progressive technologies can be integrated with WordPress themes. We will also showcase a beautiful and highly- performant progressive WordPress theme, demonstrating important aspects of the team such as: (1) Gutenberg integration; (2) Adoption of coding and performance best practices; (3) theme scoring on the Tide “scale”; (4) AMP compatibility; and others.
June 4, 2018 — It’s time to update your site, with so many inexpensive out-of-the-box themes available is custom development really worth it?
In this talk I’ll run you through a case-study comparing a popular pre-made theme and a custom developed version. I’ll run you through the differences in performance, accessibility, and maintainability. We’ll look at the pros and cons of the options and provide you with various business cases for their use.
May 29, 2018 — Child Themes are one of the most essential and neglected things when customizing a website. Quite often, people will customize a theme and get their site exactly how they want it, only to see it all wiped away by a theme update. This can be avoided. In this session, I will teach you when you should use a child theme (spoiler alert: it’s all the time), how to set one up and how to use it to customize your website. At the end of the session, everyone will be equipped with the knowledge of how to set up the child theme and also have the ability to download the Twenty Seventeen child theme that I built for WordCamp Buffalo as a starting point with a lot of comments in the style.css and functions.php to explain why I did what I did and how to do similar things to customize their child theme.
May 28, 2018 — What is FoundationPress and how does it help streamline theme development? We will walk you through the process of installing and using FoundationPress to build highly functional custom WordPress themes. Move beyond CSS as we teach you the basics of SASS to add spunk to your site’s style. We will also teach the most efficient way to use the command line as part of your development process, so your site is as functional as it is stylish!