January 5, 2016: Your Nonprofit Website-Tiptoe Through the WordPress Templates

Reed Gustow, WordPress expertReed Gustow, WordPress expert


Is your nonprofit website on WordPress, or do you want it to be? Want to get a better understanding of how your site actually works?

In this session, Reed Gustow will explain how a typical WordPress page template works, using the Twenty Fourteen theme as an example.

He’ll show:

  • • How does the page template display your content with a header, footer and (sometimes) a sidebar (or two)?
  • • How does the header get there in the first place and what does it do?
  • • How did the default menu get there, and can you move it?
  • • Why do some pages have sidebars and others do not?
  • • How do sidebars work, and can you add a new one to your site?
  • • What is a sidebar, really, and why do you find them in the Widgets section?
  • • And what about the footer?
  • …and maybe a few more things. This is a “tiptoe through the templates”, not a “camp out for 2 weeks in the templates”, but by the time we’re done, you’ll have a reasonable understanding of how page templates work and how you might use your own.

This session is aimed at advanced beginners to intermediate users. You’ll need some basic knowledge of HTML. If you know a little PHP, great, but you don’t need to know PHP to understand what Reed will be covering.

Arrive as early as 6 to grab a snack and do some networking. The program will begin right at 6:30. We will be at the Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA. There will be an audio podcast produced from this event.

About Reed Gustow:

Reed is a familiar face on the WordPress scene in Philadelphia. He recently helped pull off the first-ever WordPress US, which was held in Philadelphia (and will be back here next year). He’s also an organizer of the Philadelphia WordPress Meetup, a board member for the Philadelphia Area New Media Association, and does WordPress development and instruction at his own company, Delta Angel. 

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