Custom Theme Development for WordPress, Floating Harbour Studios & Films, Wednesday, 05. September 2018

WordPress is the world’s most widely used Content Management System (CMS), and a great platform on which to build websites for yourself or for clients, whether its a blog, eCommerce shop or informational site.
This course will show you how to get started with your first WordPress site!
We’ll cover installing WordPress in a hosting environment, and how to go about installing plugins and starting to theme the site to look how you want it to.
NOTE: this workshop requires coding experience (HTML, CSS and some PHP), if you are wanting to just learn about WordPress administration, or using WordPress without any coding then this workshop may not be for you. Instead you might be interested in our Getting started with WordPress for complete beginners workshop.
Course Content
You'll cover:

Installing and setting up a WordPress blog from scratch
Creating a theme from scratch
Creating child themes from an existing theme
Using child themes to apply your own custom designs
Structure and inheritance of child themes (templates, styling, functions)
Common stumbling blocks
Strategy to creating custom functionality in themes and plugins
Getting your WordPress site online
Putting a WordPress blog live and moving it between hosting environments

Learn through practice with expert help on-hand
We believe people learn best by doing.
Accordingly, all our courses are heavily hands-on, with a focus on projects over text books.
You’ll get practical experience, and finish the day being able to go away and use your new skills.
Who's It For?
Perfect for someone looking to start out building CMS-driven websites, either for yourself, or for clients.
You could be a designer with an interest in coding and are looking to learn the skills you need to build entire websites.
You could already work in web as a project manager, SEO or social media manager or related area who uses WordPress day-to-day from a user point of view, and want to know more.
Or you may have your own business and be interested in building your own website.
Whatever your need, learning how to install WordPress, create themes and apply HTML & CSS to them to make them look how you want is a great skill to have.
IMPORTANT: Prior Skill Level Required
To get the most out of this course you should have  experience writing HTML and CSS.
Some experience with PHP will make things easier, specifically using WordPress theming functions, but this isn't a requirement.
If you've used an FTP client before this will also help, but also isn't a requirement as we'll cover how to do this.
You don't need any experience installing CMSs before.
NOTE: this workshop requires coding, if you are wanting to just learn about WordPress administration, or using WordPress without any coding then this workshop may not be for you. We offer other workshops for these purposes, see "Getting started with WordPress for complete beginners".
You'll need to bring your own laptop for this workshop, if this is a problem let us know in advance and we'll arrange hire. You will also need a code editor, for example Sublime, and an FTP client, for example FileZilla.

Claim a free space
WordPress, the world’s most successful CMS, is free and is developed by a world-wide community of volunteers. In that spirit of giving something for nothing, Develop Me is offering one free place to this training day. If you'd like to be with a chance of a free place email to hannah@ Friday 22nd August explaining how you intend to use your new WordPress skills to give something to others. Winners of the free places will be notified on Friday 29th August.


Your instructor will be Hannah Smith. Hannah co-organises the Bristol WordPress group and is a freelance web developer and project manager in Bristol. If you have questions about the course please get in contact with Hannah via DevelopMe.
Previous Comments
"The course was informative and clear. I already feel more confident and it was just what I was hoping for" - creative/animator
"The course was very helpful with useful content." - WordPress admin/manager
"Having used I wanted to understand (standalone installation) and investigate how it can be used. The instructor was helpful, clear, cheerful and informative. The course was a great starting point, and I was able to understand whilst moving forward." - eCommerce Manager
"The whole team were fantastic and the course content was brilliant." - Marketing Manager

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