May 27th 2014 . . Shropshire Conference Centre

Run by Rachel McColin, author of WordPress – Pushing the Limits, and held at Shropshire’s very own purpose built conference centre, this workshop will be a full day of hands on training.

WordPress has become one of the most popular CMS and blogging platforms available on the web. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power their websites including some of the biggest brands in the world like Playstation, The New York Times, CNN, Sony Music, Metro and more!

So whether you are a website designer or developer, this workshop will give you the technical knowledge needed to take HTML templates and turn them into a fully functioning WordPress theme.


What to Expect:

  • Introduction – how themes work
  • Anatomy of a WordPress theme – templates, stylesheets and functions
  • Getting started – static HTML and CSS
  • Creating template files from your static files
  • Adding a loop – including template tags, metadata and more
  • The header file – including titles and descriptions and the navigation menu
  • The sidebar file and widgets
  • The footer file
  • Adding plugin hooks
  • Additional template files – creating page.php

Taking it further (this isn’t a practical session but a discussion at the end of the day) – parent and child themes, extra template files, search and 404 template files etc. Techniques covered in the book but not on the workshop.

About Rachel McCollin

Rachel McCollin is a web designer and manager of Compass Design, a web design agency in Birmingham that specialises in WordPress websites.

She has spent most of her professional life writing about technical subjects and published several books on WordPress, as well as regularly writing for Smashing Magazine, WPTutsPlus and Opera. She is active in the WordPress community and has talked at WordCamps and other events on using and developing with WordPress.

What you will need:

This workshop is aimed at people who already have a basic knowledge of WordPress. It is expected that you will have some knowledge of HTML, CSS and be able to FTP files already, some programming knowledge is preferable but not essential.

All you need to bring with you is yourself and a laptop. You will be given access to a fresh install of WordPress using the twentyfourteen theme and teas, coffees, lunch will be provided for you. If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know in advance.


Places are extremely limited, with only 10 available.

Venue: Shropshire Conference Centre
Mytton Oak Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY3 8XQ

01743 492500
www.shropshireconferencecentre.co.uk/ - @shropsconf

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