WordPress Theming Essentials

WordPress Theming Essentials is a part-time 30 hour course designed to give students an introduction to WordPress and building custom themes. This course is taught over 5 weeks in two weekly evening sessions. It will take students start-to-finish through installing WordPress locally, building a theme, and deploying a website live using the most popular content management system on the web today.

Next start date Feb 21, 2017
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WordPress Theming Essentials Course Overview

WordPress is the most popular content management system on the web today. From The Walt Disney Company to the Chicago Sun Times, millions rely on this open source platform to provide a user-friendly interface for delivering content that connects with their online communities.

The first step to learning how to develop for WordPress is to master WordPress theming. This course will equip students with the skills they need to set-up a self-hosted installation of WordPress locally, perform basic customizations of theme templates, install plugins, and launch their project websites on a custom domain and web host of their choice.




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What you'll learn

Local Development
Set-up MAMP to develop your WordPress theme locally before deploying live on the web.
Learn how to navigate the WordPress template hierarchy, and customize templates to build out your theme.
Discover essential plugins for adding forms, improving SEO, and expanding WordPress' functionality as a CMS.
Launch your WordPress website from your local environment to be live on the web using FTP, a custom domain, and web host of your choice.


Rose Cass
Instructor, Developer

Rose is a Front End web developer with an instructing background.  Rose specializes in custom WordPress theme development and has had her share of random jobs leading up to her time as a developer.

The thing that excites her the most about tech is the community behind it.  Outside of RED you can find her involved with various organizations such as Ladies Learning Code, Girls Learning Code and Code & Coffee.


What's the difference between full-time and part-time programs?

This part-time course is a gentle but thorough introduction to WordPress theming. It’s designed for people who have a solid foundation in HTML and CSS, and what to expand their developer skill set into basic WordPress theming.

The full-time program is intensive, and is designed to give students the requisite experience for finding work as a professional front-end web developer when they complete the program. The full-time program also includes an introduction to programming in PHP (including object-oriented PHP), and WordPress plugin development.

What are the prerequisites? What do I need to know about coding before I start?

Students must have experience writing HTML and CSS before taking this course.

Consider enrolling in RED Academy’s Web Developer Foundation course before taking this course if you have no prior experience with web development.

Do I need a Mac for this course?

No, a MacBook is not required to take this course.

Do you have a payment plan or any financing options?

Yes we do. After paying your deposit, there are two options:

1. The remainder of your tuition is paid in full 30 days prior to the term start date. Early bird discounts are available if you pay the first 50% within 60 days of the course start date.
2. The remainder of your tuition is paid in three instalments: 1/3 is paid 30 days prior to the start date of the term, 1/3 is paid on the term start date, and 1/3 is paid 30 days after the term start date. For part-time courses the financing option is +$100 and for full-time it’s +$300, with the fee attached to the first payment.

RED is an affiliate partner with GROW, a Vancouver based lending company that provides a specific type of loan for people that are looking for short-term technical training.

Start dates and pricing

WordPress Theming Essentials


RED Academy Vancouver

Tuesday & Thursday, 6–9pm

Please note that places on our programs are limited, and that places are offered in the order that applications are received.

Winter 2017 Cohort February 21, 2017

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Vancouver 778 379 7175

Toronto 647 793 2333

Vancouver 778 379 7175

Toronto 647 793 2333


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