Caity MacNeill is an actress who needed a new website to show off her resume, as well as her production photos and videos.
I’m excited to be speaking at WordCamp Lehigh Valley this year! If you’ve never been to a WordCamp, here’s some information from their site:
What is WordCamp?
WordCamp is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress.
WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other.
We will have WordPress-focused talks, sponsors, networking events, swag, and an after party! It’s going to be a great day!
The event will be held at the Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA on July 16th. My talk will be at 2:20 in the Blast Furnace Room and I’ll be speaking about “The True Value Of Your WordPress Knowledge.”
The schedule has just been posted, so you can check out what sessions you plan to attend. Hopefully I’ll see you there!
Question: When should you use a child theme with WordPress?
Answer: All the time.
Child themes are great because instead of modifying theme files, you can create your own page templates and custom CSS in a separate place. The reason for doing this is so you can update your theme in the future and not lose your changes.
How to create a Child Theme
This was a great talk by Lauren Pittenger I heard at WordCamp Scranton last year.
I’ve been trying to figure out a better way to schedule and manage my time. What has inevitably happened over the last several years is after starting to work on a new project (such as this business), I start getting so busy that other things in my life are thrown out of balance. I try to cut back but the feeling of failure often consumes my thinking.
After The Stork is a small business owned by Georgette Kerr in Southeastern PA that offers newborn care and parenting support for your growing family. Her existing website was old and outdated, so she wanted a new design and updated content.
We customized a WordPress theme from Elegant Themes by adding custom page layouts and images to the top of each page. She also requested a mobile theme make her website more accessible on smartphones and tablets.
Once the site was completed, we met to go over every section of the site so Georgette would be able to maintain the site herself by editing the content of each page.
Testimonial from Georgette:
My business had an old, outdated website that badly needed updating. Craig helped put together a new site that I can now show off proudly! Throughout the design process I had many ideas and changes, and Craig was always available to make the edits quickly. I absolutely love the finished site, and I’m happy that Craig is still available for ongoing site maintenance at an affordable price.
Since starting to work on a new WordPress theme, I’ve had a lot of things to learn on the design and development sides of things. But I also thought it was important to learn something totally new, which is why I’m going to keep my code for this theme on GitHub.
That also means this theme will be completely Open Source – as in, free to download and even contribute to if you want. As I learn more about GitHub as well, I will also be posting about my experiences with it.
Once I have a few pages fully coded in HTML & CSS, I’ll post the link to the project.
I’m really excited to see things like this happening. It gives me a lot of hope for my three daughters if any of them express an interest in learning how to code, or even anything in the technology field.
As I learned from Aaron Jorbin at WordCamp Philly 2015 this past weekend, you can now quickly create a link by pasting it directly onto your text in the WordPress editor. This is a cool trick that will help you save a few seconds, especially when creating external links that you have to copy from your browser anyway.