I have almost finished preparing my presentation for WordCamp Ottawa—WordPress Themes and Frameworks Explained. This presentation is ideal for anyone who is new to WordPress and wants to know how to select a WordPress theme for their website. The presentation is part of the Content Creators track. Although I am aiming the content at the individual who is new to WordPress, WordPress veterans and advanced users (such as WordPress designers and developers) may find parts of the presentation interesting and are welcome to attend.
Free, Premium or Custom WordPress Themes
I will discuss the different types of WordPress themes that are available including free and premium (paid) themes. I will touch on custom WordPress themes—although that is not the focus of my content.
I will spend the balance of my time explaining what is WordPress theme can do for you, what a framework is, and how to evaluate premium themes. The two theme providers I will focus on are WooThemes and Genesis (by StudioPress). Both of these providers are top notch. My presentation is not an endorsement of either of these companies or their products. I chose them because they set a benchmark that we can use for comparison with other themes.
A Framework to Evaluate WordPress Themes and Frameworks
I will present a six point framework to evaluate a WordPress theme and use WooThemes and Genesis as example for each of the key evaluation points. My hope is that you will be able to use the framework I provide when you select your next theme.
I will not go into a deep dive and show how to customize your theme (although I will touch on the topic). Fortunately, Jordan Quintal will follow my presentation with his—Simple Theme Customization. Jordan’s presentation is more hands-on than mine and will go into more detail on how to install your theme, basic CSS customization, and image swapping. Jordan’s presentation is a great complement to my topic and we have made a point of not overlapping too much.
WordPress Theme Case Study
Finally, I will walk you through a case study of a design I did for a client. We will look at how he evaluate the different theme options, why he chose the theme he did, and what customizations we did to make the theme uniquely his.
Sounds like a full agenda! I hope we can get through it all in 45 minutes!
I will publish my slides on slideshare.net when they are final.
See you at WordCamp Ottawa and if you make it to my presentation, please come up and introduce yourself and share your story and experiences with me.
How to Choose a WordPress Theme—My Slides
This article is part of my Web Development guide.