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WordPress Workshop Day

Environments for Humans

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (CDT)

WordPress Workshop Day

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
WordPress Workshop Individual Ticket   more info Ended $179.00 $0.00
WordPress Workshop Meeting Room Ticket   more info Ended $479.00 $0.00

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Why an Online Workshop?

  • Online Workshop Summits mean no travel hassle!
  • Bring the experts live to your desktop!
  • Time spent on the road is better spent instead with family, friends or in the office!
  • Sessions are developed to dive deeper into the material!
  • Ask questions directly to the speakers!

About WordPress Workshop Day

The Workshop Summit Series lets you build your skill set without having to leave your computer. Each Summit is a virtual conference—all you need is a computer and broadband internet connection to attend.

The WordPress Workshop Day consists of two 3-hour sessions spread over one day. Attendees can chat with each other and ask questions of the presenters throughout the day.

Registration for Wordpress Workshop Day is now open!

The WordPress Workshop Schedule

March 31, 2010 - Wednesday:

  • 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon CT - Getting to Grips with WordPress with Matt Harris
  • 2:00 p.m. - 5 p.m. CT -  Creating Themes with WordPress with Stephanie Leary

Wait, a Virtual Conference? How Does That Work?

Once you are registered, you will receive a follow-up email with a reminder about the conference schedule and other helpful details.

On the day of the conference, you will receive an email invitation about 45 minutes before everything starts. Click on the enclosed link to sign in and enter the virtual meeting space. Once you are signed in, you’ll be able to see and hear the presentations as they happen, ask questions as needed and chat with the other attendees if you like!

Technical Specifications: to attend The Summit, you will need a modern web browser (Firefox 1.5, IE 6 & Safari 2 or newer, for example) and a recent version of the Adobe Flash Player. Follow this link to run our system diagnostic (opens in a new window). It will let you know right away which plug-ins, if any, you will need to update before the event.

Still have questions? We don’t blame you. Contact us at if there’s anything else you’d like to know.

About Our Speakers

Matt Harris

Matt Harris is a freelance web developer who recently got married and moved to San Francisco. He spends most of his time linking up parts of the Internet to make tools and utilities, or wrangling PHP, Python, CSS and HTML to make websites for people and schools. He has written WordPress plugins and coded themes for sites as Mozilla Hacks and thewhuffiefactor.

Matt has a Masters degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering from York University and can be found coding on github and saying things on twitter.

Once in a blue moon he blogs on

Stephanie Leary

Stephanie Leary has has been designing websites for twelve years. She has been working exclusively with WordPress since 2004, and for the last few years she has spoken at conferences and online seminars on using WordPress as a CMS in higher education. In addition to managing sites for several offices and organizations at Texas A&M University, she freelances as a WordPress developer, specializing in sites for authors and other publishing professionals.

Christopher Schmitt (your emcee)

The founder of Heat Vision, a small new media publishing and design firm, Christopher is an award-winning Web designer who has been working with the Web since 1993. As a sought-after speaker and trainer, Christopher regularly demonstrates the use and benefits of practical standards-based designs. He is Co-Lead of the Adobe Task Force for the Web Standards Project (WaSP) in addition to being a contributing member of its Education Task Force

Author of numerous Web design and digital imaging books, including Adapting to Web Standards: CSS and Ajax for Big Sites and CSS Cookbook, Christopher has also written for New Architect Magazine, A List Apart, Digital Web, and Web Reference.

Online: | twitter | facebook | flickr

About The Sessions

WordPress Workshop sessions run the gamut from beginner through more intermediate/advanced content. 

Getting to Grips with WordPress

WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms available on the web, but it is also more than that. It's flexible and powerful plugin system allows you to make WordPress do pretty much anything you want it to converting it from a blog to a content management system.

"Getting to grips with WordPress" is a half day, hands-on workshop led by Matt Harris which will get you conformable with WordPress and show you how to turn WordPress into a basic portfolio site to show off some of your work. Before and after code examples will be provided during the workshop. 

There will be an installation activity to do before the workshop to ensure your computer is ready for the activities.

Topics covered:
  • Getting your local environment setup with MAMP/WAMP
  • Installing WordPress using FTP and SVN
  • Keeping WordPress up-to-date using SVN
  • Separating your WordPress application from your content and plugins
  • Changing the output of the loop
  • Running multiple loops on a page
  • What makes a theme
  • What makes a plugin
  • Adding custom meta boxes to the add/edit post page
  • Using custom fields in a theme

Creating Themes with WordPress

Stephanie Leary will present how to create a basic custom theme, starting with a standard HTML file. Then walk your way through the various WordPress template files you can use to make parts of your site look different based on context using conditional tags and the theme file hierarchy.

Afterwards, she will show you how child themes offer a powerful way to customize existing WordPress themes while keeping the original code intact.

Finally, covering the requirements for distributing themes via the official repository.

Topics covered:

  • Turning plain HTML into a WP Theme
  • The Loop
  • Comments
  • Include files: header, footer, sidebars, other files
    • old ways
    • new 3.0 tags
  • Stylesheet
  • Template tags
  • Conditional tags
  • Required vs. optional theme files
  • Theme file hierarchy
  • Archive file types
  • Menus
    • old ways
    • new 3.0 menu feature
  • Theme functions
    • Setting up widgets
    • Enabling post thumbnails
    • changing excerpt length and ellipsis
    • custom backgrounds (new in 3.0)
  • Child themes
    • hierarchy and cascade
  • CMS/Magazine layouts
    • multiple Loops
  • Accessing post information outside the Loop
  • Troubleshooting themes
  • Distributing themes on WordPress Extend
  • Internationalization
  • Theme checklist

A Part of CMS Days

The WordPress Workshop Day is a part of CMS Days:

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (CDT)

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Environments for Humans

Environments for Humans

The Summit Series brings together expert speakers to explore one topic from different angles, all in one day. Each Summit is chock-full of focused, current content that is highly relevant to today’s Web Designers and Developers. And since it’s all online, you save the expense and hassle of travel. See you at the Summit!

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