Bespoke theming and the WordPress mobile apps

01 May'18
Bespoke theming and the WordPress mobile apps

For our May event, we will welcome talks from Helen Varley, a multi-skilled freelancer and James Frost, an iOS app developer for Automattic, as they share their insight, knowledge and handy resources relating to using or building WordPress themes and the WordPress mobile apps.

Bespoke theming in WordPress: what helped me by Helen Varley

This talk covers Helen’s personal story as she made the jump from buying WordPress themes to building her own, and what Helen learnt on the way. Including:

  • Structure of WordPress
  • Advanced Custom Fields
  • Customiser
  • Lots of useful resources
  • Things Helen wished people had told her and things they did tell her

Level: Beginner

About Helen

Helen has been involved in the Web for about 20 years. She enjoys coding, and though she welcomes needs support from true “techies” when things go wrong, Helen loves problem solving for clients and producing websites that work for them. Currently a freelance WordPress developer with her own clients, Helen is also a part time Digital Project Manager.

The WordPress Mobile Apps for iOS and Android by James Frost

James will be giving a run through of the WordPress mobile apps, which are available for both iOS and Android devices. A lot of WordPress users don’t even know they exist, but they can be really useful for managing your site on the go! They’re free, open source, and work with both self-hosted ( and sites.

We’ll look at features such as writing and managing posts, uploading media straight from your phone, and keeping on top of comments. We’ll also cover some extra features that are available to users of the Jetpack plugin or for hosted sites, including notifications and viewing stats.

As a developer on the WordPress for iOS apps, James will also talk a little about how they’re developed, and what new features are being worked on at the moment.

Level: Beginner

About James

James is an iOS app developer, and for the last couple of years has been working for Automattic, the company behind, Jetpack, Gravatar and more, building new features for the WordPress app. Most recently, he’s been improving the experience when uploading and managing media for your site.

When he’s not coding or spending time with his family, James also helps organise SWMobile – a Bristol-based meetup group for mobile developers – and edits content for, a mobile development focused tutorials site.

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