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Building Themes for WordPress

This WordPress course runs for two days on Saturday, May 20th and Sunday, May 21st from 12:45pm to 5pm.

This class is for intermediate WordPress users with a HTML/CSS skill set who want to learn how to build custom themes for WordPress. 

We'll cover the following:

Day 1 - Intro to Wordpress themes, Child Themes, Starter Themes and Theme Templates: You'll leave with an understanding of how WordPress themes work, how to find and install them, how to safely modify them at the code level and how to create theme templates.

Day 2 - Building Theme Functionality: You'll learn how to build theme functionality such as: loops and queries, Hooks, Action and Filters, widgetized areas, custom widgets, custom nav menu and more. There will be project time at the end of day 2 to work on themes and answer specific questions.


• Intermediate or higher level WordPress user (stand alone install, NOT

• Strong familiarity with HTML/CSS (PHP a plus, but not required) 

• Ability to use a text editor to edit code

Please come to class with:

• A laptop

• A locally or remotely hosted sandbox WordPress site to play around with

• Your favorite text editor 

• Graphics editing software (optional)

About Tracy Levesque, our Instructor:

Tracy Levesque is a co-owner of YIKES, Inc., a Philadelphia web design and development company located in Fishtown. She has been designing websites since 1996 and working with WordPress since 2006. She spends her days building custom themes for WordPress and seeing how much functionality she can add without knowing PHP. When not wrangling HTML and CSS, Tracy rides bikes, eats sushi, chases her 10 year old daughter and takes pictures of abandoned buildings.

Unemployed or in financial distress and interested in taking this class? Apply for a scholarship

See our Assistance page for information on scholarships, laptops for loan, and other services. We'd like to help you benefit from our classes!

Have questions or want to TA? Contact organizer Jen Dionisio at jddionisio [at] gmail [dot] com.

NOTE: Refunds are offered only if the class is rescheduled/cancelled or in extreme circumstances. Please read our Policies page for more information. 

All attendees are expected to abide by the Girl Develop It Code of Conduct


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