This past weekend, Scranton, Pennsylvania held its first ever WordCamp. Organized by Joe Casabona and Phil Erb, the WordPress-focused event was equal parts fun and educational. Given that we use WordPress as our sole platform for building websites, we are delighted when we can give back to the community that surrounds the open source software.
Birthing a Child Theme
As the afternoon session got underway, Lauren Pittenger was honored for the opportunity to give a presentation about WordPress Child Themes. In the first segment of her talk, Lauren explained what child themes are, how they work within the WordPress environment and how they can help speed up development time. Lauren then walked through a tutorial offering a number of simple steps and code edits to customize a child theme for a specific project.
A Visit from the Founder of WordPress
The day rounded out with a town hall style Q&A session with the founder of WordPress, Matt Mullenweg. Matt spoke about the future of WordPress, getting others excited about the software, and the sometimes misunderstood reasons for people’s behavior and the importance of having empathy for humanity.
WordCamp Scranton was lots of fun, and Lauren looks forward to future volunteering and speaking opportunities as a way to give back to the fantastic project that is WordPress.