Take control of your website and
bend your WordPress theme to your will!

WordPress Theme Mechanics Workshop

Because sometimes you have to look under the hood

  • Are you frustrated by the limits of the WordPress admin settings?
  • Do you yearn for more control over your website's layout and design?
  • Do you struggle to make small tweaks to your site that seem like they should be easy?

WordPress Theme Mechanics is a six hour online workshop designed to help you master the WordPress theme system. By the end of the workshop you'll have setup your own theme lab, created a child theme, and you'll be customizing WordPress themes and bending them to your will.

  • Session 1: Demystifying the WordPress Template System

    We start with an overview of how WordPress uses a template system to generate pages on your website. This session dives into the WordPress theme folder and explains what all those mysterious PHP files are. You also learn about the critical role CSS plays in theme design. And finally, you learn why child themes are so important and how to set one up.

  • Session 2: Setting up your theme lab and toolbox

    Before you start customizing your WordPress theme you need a safe environment to work in and the right tools for the job. This session teaches you how to get WordPress up and running on your Mac or PC. You’ll also learn about the tools you need to customize themes.

  • Session 3: Customizing theme templates

    This session dives into the inner working of theme templates. You’ll learn how WordPress template tags work to display content on your website, and you’ll learn just enough about PHP to create a child theme and start customizing your templates. This session gives you the knowledge you need to customize any page template in your WordPress theme.

  • Session 4: Transform your WordPress site with CSS

    CSS is the engine that controls every aspect of your site’s visual design. In this session you’ll learn how to create a custom child theme entirely with CSS. Along the way you’ll learn about  tools you can use to simplify the process.

  • Session 5: Widgets and menus everywhere!

    Have you ever wanted to add a new widget area to one of your page templates? Or a maybe an additional menu?  This session shows you how to enable WordPress features that your theme designer left out.

  • Session 6: Frameworks and starter themes

    If you’re thinking about creating a custom theme, you can save a lot of time by starting with a good theme framework or starter theme. In this session we’ll look at some popular theme frameworks and discuss the pros and cons of using someone else’s theme as a head start.

More About The Workshop:

  • Six one hour training sessions delivered by an experienced WordPress developer.
  • Sessions are pre-recorded. You have immediate access after sign up.
  • Downloadable course material includes presentation slides and code samples.
  • Watch each session at your convenience. Download videos or stream online.


  • You should be comfortable using WordPress to publish posts and pages.
  • You should be comfortable installing and activating themes.
  • You should know a bit about HTMl and CSS.
  • You should be willing to learn a little bit about PHP.

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a beginning
WordPress Course!

Workshop Presenter

Kirk Biglione,
WordPress Developer

Six hour online workshop

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