About 25 WordPress users, programmers, designers, and enthusiasts came to Tech Liminal for the monthly East Bay WordPresss Meetup.
The main topic of the day is custom theming, but we also spent some time discussing backup and security issues, especially in light of the recent “pharma hack” (read more about this at Chris Pearson’s site). This is a hack that corrupts your database, ruins your search results, and makes Google mad at you.
Lori Berkowitz followed up the security discussion with her presentation on building custom themes, using a child theme of the new 2010 framework released with WordPress 3.0.
You can view the full presentation here.
Some interesting points that came from the discussion:
You don’t need to know a lot of PHP to customize templates: you can start with an existing theme and modify the Template Tags to chug what you show on your pages.
WordPress 3.0 will bring custom post types that allow for even richer custom templates for posts of different categories or types. Custom post types are defined in the functions.php file of your theme – which means content types in WordPress are going to be theme or plugin-specific. For custom post types, you can eliminate certain editor functionality, and define a custom taxonomies for selecting information about a post.
We’ll be working with the new features of WordPress 3.0 at Tech Liminal in the next few weeks – even before the official release in the next month.
If you want more WordPress help or advice, join the East Bay WordPresss Meetup .