Choosing Themes for WordPress - CMS Expo 2010

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Presentation from CMS Expo 2010 in Chicago, IL. This covers; what makes a theme good, where to find themes, how to manage themes and more.

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  • Choosing Themes for WordPress - CMS Expo 2010

    1. 1. HOW TO CHOOSE THEMES FOR WORDPRESS CMS Expo 2010
    2. 2. Who the @%!*# is This Guy? CMS Expo 2010 - Chicago
    3. 3. Jonathan Lackey Known in social circles as zuno • Creative director at Zuno Studios • Based in Redondo Beach California • Over 10 years experience in design & • web CMS Expo 2010 - Chicago
    4. 4. WHAT ARE WE GOING TO CHAT ABOUT TODAY? CMS Expo 2010 - Chicago
    5. 5. HOW TO CHOOSE THEMES CMS Expo 2010 - Chicago
    6. 6. WHERE TO FIND THEMES CMS Expo 2010 - Chicago
    7. 7. DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PAID & FREE THEMES CMS Expo 2010 - Chicago
    8. 8. WHAT MAKES A THEME GREAT OR NOT-SO? CMS Expo 2010 - Chicago
    9. 9. HOW TO MANAGE THEMES CMS Expo 2010 - Chicago
    10. 10. HOW TO CHOOSE A THEME CMS Expo 2010 - Chicago
    11. 11. • Think about the structure and functionality of the site you’re building • Have a brand? How many other blogs use a potential theme? • Is it flexible? • Is it accessible? “SEO” friendly? • Does it validate? • Is support available? CMS Expo 2010 - Chicago
    12. 12. WHERE TO FIND THEMES CMS Expo 2010 - Chicago
    13. 13. • Wordpress.org/Extend/Themes • WP admin [appearance -> add new themes] • Template/theme clubs • Professional developers • Other blogs [Look at the source code] • “Top 10” lists CMS Expo 2010 - Chicago
    14. 14. DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PAID & FREE THEMES CMS Expo 2010 - Chicago
    15. 15. • Licensing. GPL, single & developer licensing • Support staff vs community support • Professionalism. Quality assurance. • Theme fullness & flexibility CMS Expo 2010 - Chicago
    16. 16. WHAT MAKES A THEME GREAT OR NOT-SO? CMS Expo 2010 - Chicago
    17. 17. GREAT THINGS • Web standards • Flexibility • Intuitive user-interface • Uniqueness design • Ease of use • Fast loading • Easy updating• Helpful community/ support CMS Expo 2010 - Chicago
    18. 18. NOT-SO GREAT THINGS • Lots of extra unused code [javascript & css] • Excessive number of images • Complex options/controls • Lack of documentation & poorly documented or undocumented code CMS Expo 2010 - Chicago
    19. 19. MANAGING THEMES CMS Expo 2010 - Chicago
    20. 20. INSTALLATION 1.Download your theme [.zip file] 2.Unzip & upload with FTP [wp-content -> themes] 1.Appearance -> Add New Theme CMS Expo 2010 - Chicago
    21. 21. ACTIVATION 1.Admin -> Appearance -> Themes 2.Activate Theme CMS Expo 2010 - Chicago
    22. 22. THEME OPTIONS • To many options vs not enough options • Ability to control sidebars, colors, etc • Theme frameworks [i.e. Thesis or Gantry] CMS Expo 2010 - Chicago
    23. 23. THEME ANATOMY 101 • Header • Sidebars • Content [categories, pages, comments ] • Footer CMS Expo 2010 - Chicago
    24. 24. CREATIVE WAYS TO USE SIDEBARS • Controlled through theme options or functions.php • As a footer • Multiple sidebars [left, right, 2 rights] CMS Expo 2010 - Chicago
    25. 25. MANAGING HEADER IMAGES • Through theme options • Through CSS [style.css] • Through header.php [requires PHP] CMS Expo 2010 - Chicago
    26. 26. RESOURCES CMS Expo 2010 - Chicago
    27. 27. REFERENCES http://delicious.com/zunostudios/cmsx10 TWITTER @ZUNO http://twitter.com/zuno THIS PRESENTATION http://slideshare.com/zuno ZUNO STUDIOS http://zunostudios.com CMS Expo 2010 - Chicago

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