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Design Your First Word Press Theme In Minutes Word Camp Birmingham Brett Bumeter Softduit Media


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Brett Bumeter of Softduit Media introduces the WordPress Theme design to new designers at WordCamp Birmingham 2009, slides set up topic for actual demonstration (no-slides) afterwards

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Design Your First Word Press Theme In Minutes Word Camp Birmingham Brett Bumeter Softduit Media

  1. 1. Design Your First WordPress Theme IN MINUTES! <br />@brettbumBrett Bumeter, llm Softduit Media<br /><br />1<br />
  2. 2. Who am I?<br />I&apos;m a former corporate whistleblower, turned professional philosopher (blogger). I provide business development and CMS web design & configuration services.<br /><br />2<br />
  3. 3. I work from a WiFi Fishing dock on Lake Wylie near Charlotte, NC<br /><br />3<br />
  4. 4. What Can I help You Do?<br /><br />4<br />
  5. 5. A year ago, I couldn&apos;t design a wordpress theme to save my life.<br /><br />5<br />
  6. 6. I could download a free theme, and hack it to do all sorts of things, but I was always trapped in someone else&apos;s box.<br /><br />6<br />
  7. 7. They Shared a couple common Issues<br />They weren&apos;t functional enough, bad for SEO<br />They rarely had valid html, xhtml or css<br />No menu capability (so no CMS)<br />They weren&apos;t MINE!<br />Plus they were kind of ugly and tended to be used repetively when I found a theme that worked<br /><br />7<br />
  8. 8. Fast Forward 1 year, I&apos;ve designed hundreds of themes, for myself, for friends and family and professionally for my clients! $$$ AND . . . <br /><br />8<br />
  9. 9. I can teach you how to design themes, in minutes,<br /><br />9<br /> EVEN IF you are not a graphic designer & don&apos;t know the difference between PHP and PCP! <br />In fact we&apos;re going to walk some volunteers through the process now. I&apos;m going to guide them, and they are going to take a stab at it on their own computers.<br />
  10. 10. What do you need to design a theme?<br />Theme Design Software<br />In the past, this meant you needed to buy some expensive (very expensive) product(s) from Adobe<br />Then, You took your expensive software and found or paid for hours and hours of training or education with that software.<br />Finally, the people that survived that would need to consider whether they wanted to pay or spend the time with more advanced education or training in graphic design or maybe take a few classes in programming with PHP connected to MySQL<br />You Don&apos;t have to make that investment anymore<br /><br />10<br />
  11. 11. Now, there&apos;s this great software program, that takes the learning curve almost completely out of theme design (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, even Blogger!)<br /><br />11<br />No More Learning Curve Accidents<br />
  12. 12. Its called Artisteer <br />and yes there is a free trial! <br />You can take it for a spin yourself, here while you are at WordCamp or in the privacy of your own dock office<br /><br />12<br />
  13. 13. In fact, I&apos;m even running a theme design contest for beginners between now and the week after Blogworld in October. Details: the License to Design Theme Contest<br /><br />13<br />License to Design Theme Contest<br />
  14. 14. All you need is a PC or a Mac computer and a pulse<br />& that&apos;s about it<br />So let’s make some themes<br /><br />14<br />