Wednesday, I made the trek out to Ventura to participate in the Ventura County WordPress Interest Group. I presented on “Optimizing WordPress for Shared Hosting Environments”, which I have done several times before at different meetups. The slides may be found below:
In the second half of the meeting, we were very lucky to have Konstantin Obenland, a Theme Wrangler at Automattic, who is also the lead developer on the new default theme, Twenty Thirteen, preview the theme for us and he talked about the development cycle of the theme and the different changes. The goal for the design of the theme was to bring the blog back, create a beautiful implementation of post formats, and to be visually unique with some quirkiness. The theme features 3 different brightly colored header images, footer widgets, and is designed to be used without a sidebar, but it can be enabled if needed. The dropdowns have been redesigned with a border, and the post formats are displayed with different background colors in a warm color scheme. Like Twenty Twelve, the theme takes advantage of open source fonts, such as Bitter and Source Sans Pro, and it uses Genericons font for the icons through out. One important note about Twenty Thirteen is that this will be the first theme that is not backwards compatible, meaning you will need to upgrade to WordPress 3.6 to use its awesomeness, since there is the new post formats architecture.
I was so inspired by Konstantin’s presentation, that I downloaded the beta version of WordPress 3.6 and Twenty Thirteen from GitHub and installed it on my (dv). I also create a child theme to change some of the colors, which can be found here. Next week, the OCWP is having their Developer Day, which is always a real treat. The agenda for that day will cover the new release of Woocommerce, Gravity Forms Beta 1.7, and a few others will be sharing information about the WordPress loop and the plugin, Advanced Custom Fields. I will be preparing for my big talk on CSS3 for Beginners at the upcoming San Diego WordCamp, which is happening March 23 & 24. (mt) Media Temple is a major sponsor for the event and we are happy to provide the WordCamp’s lanyards. It should be an awesome weekend.