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WordPress DC Presentation – Leveraging CSS to Change Your Theme

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If you’re not following me on Facebook or Twitter, you may not have heard yet, but I am presenting at an upcoming WordPress DC meetup!

It will be on Tuesday, January 11th at 7 PM located at Fathom Creative‘s office in DC. More details on location, parking, etc. can be found on the meetup page (linked previously).

What I’ll be talking about

I’ll be talking about how to edit your themes through just CSS. More specifically, how to edit them through the classes output by WordPress functions such as body_class, comment_class, and post_class. Each will come with a practical example.


Click the image below to launch the slide presentation.

WordPress DC Slides

Sample Child Theme

Can be downloaded here.


These slides are pretty much finished but I may edit them between now and the presentation. I also might update this post in the future with additional information and presentation materials.

If you happen to be in the DC area, I’d love it if you could make it! All you have to do is sign up with the WordPress DC meetup group and RVSP to the event.


Leland Fiegel was the original founder of ThemeLab. He is a web developer who loves WordPress and blogging.

  • Jaypee

    Oh man, how did I miss this? I’ve signed up and joined the group so I won’t miss the next meetup. :)

    • Leland

      Hey Jaypee, are you located in the DC area?

      • Jaypee

        Not really in the DC area but just a few minutes away. I’m now here in Maryland. :)

        • Leland

          Wow, had no idea you were around here!

          But yeah, definitely check out for information on future meetups, they have them every month or so.

          Also I’d recommend following @WordPressDC on Twitter to keep up with the latest meetup details.

        • Jaypee

          Yeah, I already signed up with the group and just read that there will be a Town Hall meetup with Matt Mullenweg. Are you going? I’d love to go but I’m still thinking about it. Anyways, I haven’t been to one before so what do they do during a Town Hall meetup?

        • Leland

          When I presented there earlier this month were a couple talks (including mine). With Matt there, it may be a much different dynamic, like much more of a “discussion” format. I’m not exactly sure since I’ve never been to a “town hall” meetup either.

          I wish I could, but unfortunately I probably won’t be able to make it…

  • Jaypee

    I see. Well I just checked with the WordPress DC page and it seems that it’s already full and if I RSVP’d I would be put on the wait list. I guess I won’t be going anymore.

    Let me know next time you’ll be presenting something on any upcoming WordPress DC meetups so I can make it. :)

    • Leland

      Ah yeah, I guess this was a popular one because Matt will be there. I’ll let you know if I ever present in the future, it will probably be some time in the summer.

  • Jaypee

    Yeah, that’s right. Many people want to meet Mr WordPress himself. hehe I wanted to go but since I already met him before, I guess I’ll let others have the opportunity.

    Cool! Looking forward to it. :)