A Journey of Theme Craftsmanship

My name is Lance, and I love themes. What was my standard opening line for many years when starting a WordCamp talk is still true today. "My name is Lance, and I still love themes.” I’d like to tell you the story of my journey of theme craftsmanship—the ups, the downs, the unexpected results—and how … Continue reading A Journey of Theme Craftsmanship

WordCamp Buenos Aires 2015

I gave a talk at WordCamp Buenos Aires in May 2015 on finding and choosing the perfect theme. Slides (in Spanish) are available here: Encontrar el diseño perfecto para tu sitio WordPress. For similar information in English, check out these Jumpstart resources on ThemeShaper. It was a great event! Well organized and well attended; I … Continue reading WordCamp Buenos Aires 2015

Video: State of Themes Panel

Lance Willett, Tiago Noronha, Ben Gillbanks, Tammie Lister: State of Themes Panel from WordCamp London 2015 — now on WordPress TV.

Building Themes With the WP REST API

Building themes with the WP REST API — must-watch recap (with video) of Jack Lenox's presentation at WordCamp London.

WordPress theme tutorial: Mastering the post_class function

Excellent tutorial by by Fränk Klein, must-read for all you WordPress themers: Mastering the post_class function.

Zeldman’s Theme

Jeffrey Zeldman. The godfather of web standards, the guy who first got me hooked on CSS and HTML, and who introduced me to WordPress. Zeldman. 10 years later? Zeldman.com uses a theme I helped make for WordPress. Mind. F'ing. Blown. I love my job. Thank you, Jeffrey, for getting me started and for continuing to … Continue reading Zeldman’s Theme

Obenland on Twenty Fifteen

In Twenty Fifteen Konstantin Obenland gives a vision for a simpler default WordPress theme.

Evan Solomon: Premium Themes are a Lie

Evan Solomon: Premium Themes are a Lie

Interesting post and follow-up discussion on an old but still very important topic. Premium themes, just because you pay for them, doesn't guarantee any code or design quality.

You Should Follow ThemeShaper

I'm blogging about WordPress themes and theme development over at the ThemeShaper blog. My first two posts are up: Using TextMate for WordPress Code Cleanup Quick and Dirty Widget Testing I'll be posting more at ThemeShaper.com over time so make sure you grab the RSS feed to receive notifications about new posts. See also my … Continue reading You Should Follow ThemeShaper

Automattic Theme Team

I'm proud to be part of an awesome team bringing improvements and craftmanship to WordPress themes. Today we publicly announced our team goals over at ThemeShaper.com. So, just what is this Automattic Theme Team anyway? In a nutshell, we’re a bunch of people who really care about WordPress Themes and want to see them get … Continue reading Automattic Theme Team