Creating truly fluid themes and lightning talks about WordPress tools/plugins

01 Aug'17
Creating truly fluid themes and lightning talks about WordPress tools/plugins

We’re treating you to a variety of talks in August: our first talk will be about creating fluid themes, followed by variety lightning talks* from our members about tools they really like to use with WordPress.

* Never heard of a lightning talk? It’s a very quick talk that usually lasts no more than 5 minutes and is aimed at giving you a flavour of something rather than a detailed guide on how to do something.

 

Beyond responsiveness: creating truly fluid themes (full-length talk – 20/25 mins)

Michael Burridge – Freelance WordPress specialist @michaelburridge

The “received wisdom” in the world of web design is that all websites should be responsive these days. While this is true, responsiveness isn’t a perfect solution.

In this talk, we’ll look at some of the problems and issues with responsive design, and then we’ll look at how to get around these by developing a theme which is not just responsive but genuinely and fully fluid.

The aim will be a theme where the layout remains consistent, proportional, reliable, and exactly as the designer intentioned, whatever the width of the viewport.

Level: Beginner +

 

ht-hack-cess – basic .htaccess for WordPress (lightning talk)

Martin Brown – Web developer

Quick things you can do with simple .htaccess file edits

Level: Intermediate

Slides: https://www.dropbox.com/s/qt7s3xh6lqujwp1/htaccess%20lightening%20talk.pdf

 

How I use Git with WordPress (lightning talk)

Rob George – Web applications developer robgeorge.co.uk

A look at how I setup Git when starting a new WordPress project to track custom theme and plugin development in one place.

Level: Intermediate +

Slides: http://slides.com/robgeorgeuk/deck

 

Hidden CSS (lightning talk)

Liam Jay – Web Designer, Front-End Developer, and WordPress Specialist https://www.liamjaydesigns.com/ 

Discover simple solutions to common web problems using CSS code you didn’t know about.

Level: Intermediate (you’ll need some knowledge of CSS already)

Slides: https://slides.com/liamjay66

The blog post Liam did on the the navigation dividers is here if you just want to copy & paste the code needed for it: https://tinyurl.com/ycb27tbn

 

ManageWP for good client relations (lightning talk)

Janice Tye – Owner and Manager at 123 Design https://www.123design.co.uk

A quick run through of how using ManageWP for website administration aids workflow and website maintenance.

Level: Beginner

Here are the three videos Janice used to show us WP Manage:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/hgj8b4besq27l82/Cloning.mov?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/r30fhxlskkk1gsm/Safe%20backup?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/qkl3ismicla0nvm/Restoration?dl=0

 

Gantry: the missing piece of the WordPress jigsaw (lightning talk)

A quick introduction to RocketTheme’s Gantry plugin/framework enabling rapid development of responsive themed sites. 

Brian Prescott – MD, Brightspark Associates

www.bspark.co.uk,  Linkedin: uk.linkedin.com/in/brian­prescott

Experience level: Intermediate (you’ll need some familiarity with theme development)

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