1. Child Theme Frameworksthrough the lens ofUser Experience RYAN GREEN @RYNGRN RYANGREEN.INFO #WCNASH12
2. Hi, I’m Ryan.Also known as Ryan Green.
3. I do User Experience.And love every second.
4. UX… what does it mean?No, it’s not double rainbow intense.
5. InteractionsDesign Analytics Usability
6. Who engages in UX?Hint: it’s someone you know.
7. You do!Told ya you knew.
8. Everyone has a uniqueexperience.
9. Child ThemesWho. What. When. How. Etc. WTF.
10. What are child themes? Straight from the horse’s mouth: “A WordPress child theme is a theme that inherits the functionality of another theme, called the parent theme, and allows you to modify, or add to, the functionality of that parent theme.” http://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes
11. And a theme framework?More from the codex:A stand-alone base/starter theme that is intendedeither to be forked into another theme, or else beused as a Parent Theme template. http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Frameworks
12. Advantages to using a frameworkto create your child theme?
13. Advantage 1:Start with abulletproof themethat works out of thebox.
14. Advantage 1:Start with abulletproof themethat works out of thebox.
15. Advantage 2:In event of total meltdown…
16. Just delete itAnd start over!
17. Advantage 3:Roll multiple newthemes from acustom theme youalready created in notime!
18. Advantage 4:Stays up to date withlatest WordPressfunctionality &security.
19. Advantage 5:You don’t need to know PHP!The learning curve for developing new themeelements, moving or adding widgetized areas,and major architecture changes is steep.
20. Advantage 6:Visual design principles can be baked in. nataliedee.com
21. Disadvantages to usingframeworks?
22. Disadvantage 1:Commitment! Picking a schema means you arelocked-in to learning it and using it.
23. Disadvantage 2:Creativity and visualdesign may be requiredin minimalist themes.
24. Disadvantage 3:Code bloat. Whena theme tries to beeverything to allpeople, it canmake for big files!
25. When to Use a Framework• When you are unfamiliar with PHP• When a solid codebase and security is crucial• When duplicating a current theme with minor changes.
26. So what makes a goodframework?How it feels or tastes? Best gradient? Blondest hair?
27. A Good Theme… Respects the Grid Uses Modern Code Easily Remodeled Cares About Usability
28. Respects the Grid• Consistent spacing• Utilizes a common grid system• Has a clear visual hierarchy
29. Uses Modern Code• HTML5• CSS3• jQuery• HTML5shiv / modernizr.js
30. Easily Remodeled• Core functionality• Widgetized areas• Navigation areas• Use the House Hunters approach
31. Cares About Usability• Phone. Tablet. Laptop. Desktop.• IA-friendly• Those with disabilities in your target audience
32. Included Frameworks Twenty-Ten Twenty-Eleven
33. Genesis http://www.studiopress.com/themes/genesis • Many child themes pre-made • Tried and tested by thousands • Standard top-nav Layout
34. Genesis http://www.studiopress.com/themes/genesisStandard Layout. Easy to customize.
35. Genesis http://www.studiopress.com/themes/genesisStandard Layout. Easy to customize.
36. Genesis http://www.studiopress.com/themes/genesisStandard Layout. Easy to customize.
37. Thematic http://themeshaper.com/thematic/ • Many child themes pre-made • Also tried and tested by thousands • Very changeable layout
47. Wrap Up1. Every user that visits your site has an experience. Make sure it’s a good one.2. Theme frameworks are your quickest ticket to solid backend code and an updatable (aka: more secure) theme.3. Know your content. Know your audience. Determine whether a child theme is the route to take.4. Theme is Grid-minded, Coded modernly, Easily adaptable, Usable.