This coming Tuesday (June 26, 2012 at 6:30 PM) I’m giving a talk on WordPress themes, as part of this month’s Portland WP User Group.
My talk is titled Theme Busters R Us—theme breaking is one of my passions, so it’s a logical choice.
Breaking themes for fun?! Crazy talk. Busting your WordPress theme – on purpose – can be both fun and useful. The process is a crucial part of building sites with WordPress, whether it’s for a client project, a personal blog, or releasing an awesome new theme to the world.
Testing is often considered a dirty word; we either have no time to do it, or we think it’s boring and tedious. Breaking stuff should be fun and something we are excited to dig into. Even better if the breaking means pushing your theme to extremes to simulate real usage, with a goal of making it the best it can be: the best quality possible, and the best experience for people using it.
See details, location, and RSVP at Portland WP User Group. If you’re in the Portland area, hope to see you there.
Thanks to Daniel for the invite.
Matt Wiebe linked up a piece of required CSS reading from Nicholas Gallagher.
I had a terrible hour or two last night where my laptop screen went bonkers, no color contrast and my usual color schemes in TextMate and Terminal weren’t working. My eyes hurt trying to make out the text.
At first I thought I’d triggered something with a new application, or maybe my monitor’s brightness was wonky. That led to checking my color calibration, taking eyglasses on and off, and asking for a second opinion from my wife, “Does this look faded or washed out to you?” She confirmed it. “That looks really hard to read.”
I slept on it, trying to think of what apps or settings I’d tweaked recently. After a quick Google search this morning, I found out I’d accidentally upped the system-wide Universal Access contrast with a keystroke combination of
Cmd-Opt-Ctrl-,—via this result. Turns out that with the Dvorak keyboard layout this keystroke combination is really close to
Cmd-Opt-Ctrl-e, the keys used with window-resizing app called Divvy—an app I invoke often.
If you see whitewashed, faded colors in Mac OS X chances are you also turned on the “Enhance contrast” settings in System Preferences → Universal Access. To fix it go to that pane and change the slider back to “Normal”—or hit
Cmd-Opt-Ctrl-. (with a period instead of a comma).
It’s time again for WordCamp San Diego 2012. Sat Mar 24 and Sun Mar 25 will be two days filled with WordPress geeky goodness, a full conference on Saturday and a developer hack day on Sunday.
I’m speaking in the Developer track on Saturday at 2:10 pm—my topic is Theme Busters R Us:
Breaking themes for fun?! Crazy talk. Busting your WordPress theme–on purpose–can be both fun and useful. The process is a crucial part of building sites with WordPress, whether it’s for a client project, a personal blog, or releasing an awesome new theme to the world.
See the rest of the talks on the full Saturday schedule; there are two tracks to choose from (End User, Developer) with great speakers and topics.
If you’re not at the event you can still join in, the talks will be live-streamed. Check the WordCamp San Diego 2012 website for details.
I recently attended the excellent Web with Molly workshop held in Tucson, Arizona (February 2012).
The overall topic was the Open Web. Understanding its history, key technologies, and important concepts. Molly presented over two full days, with interludes and additions by special guest Kimberly Blessing (who also took photos).
Even considering myself an industry veteran—I’ve worked full-time on the web for over seven years, I learned new things and solidified several of my weak areas. I highly recommend this workshop to anyone who works on the web. And, Molly organized the weekend on her on time—and her own dime. Thanks Mols!
Here are my notes from the sessions.
Preserving the infrastructure of the web so it remains open to everyone.
It’s that time of year—your favorite WordPress conference is back in the desert!
That’s right folks, WordCamp Phoenix is coming up this weekend, Fri Feb 24 through Sun Feb 26. Three days of WordPress geeky goodness, including full-day workshops on Friday, the conference on Saturday, and an “unconference” on Sunday.
I’m speaking in the “Jumpstart” track on Saturday at 10:30 am—my topic is Navigating the Theme Landscape:
Learn what types of themes are out there, how to find and choose a theme, and dive into basic modifications to your theme so it fits you perfectly.
See the rest of the talks on the full Saturday schedule; there are three tracks to choose from, and lots of great content.
I’ll also be working the help bar Saturday, from 2:15 pm onward. Come say hi!
Let’s talk WordPress, Arizona. More info:
Update Feb 26: Slides and links to all the themes and resources I mentioned are here:
Update Mar 8: The video of my talk is now online at wordpress.tv:
Hard to believe it’s been 12 months since the last time I was on WPCandy.
I talked last Friday about commercial themes on WordPress.com with Ryan Imel of WPCandy, looking back one year after launching the service. Here are the links to listen to the interview.
Thank you to Ryan and his crew; they do a superb job of covering all the WordPress news and events, day in and day out.