WordPress 10th anniversary celebration at Coimbatore

WordPress birthday cake :)
WordPress birthday cake ūüôā

I went for the WordPress 10th anniversary celebration at Coimbatore. The event was organized by Lakshmanan of AGT Electronics India, who has developed a popular plugin for feeding Facebook pages to WordPress. Though the attendance was low (Coimbatore is indeed a busy city with lot of web development agencies but those who engage and contribute to the community are not so many), we had a good discussion on everything WordPress and resolved to develop a tech community in the city.

Participants in the WordPress 10th anniversary celebration at Coimbatore.
Participants in the WordPress 10th anniversary celebration at Coimbatore.

WordPress powers one-fifth of the Internet today and provides business opportunities for thousands of developers all over the world. Personally, I have done nothing but WordPress for the last 5 years for my livelihood. And it is the time to say: “Thank you, WordPress.”

WordPress Theme Frameworks and Starter Themes

_s or underscores

Underscores is a starter theme for WordPress made by Automattic claiming to provide a 1000 hours head start. It is a theme meant for hacking and best not used as a parent theme.

Here’s what’s currently in _s:

  • A¬†just right¬†amount of lean, well-commented, modern, HTML5 templates.
  • A helpful 404 template.
  • A sample custom header implementation in¬†inc/custom-header.php¬†that can be activated by uncommenting one line in¬†functions.php¬†and adding the code snippet found in the comments of¬†inc/custom-header.php¬†to your header.php template.
  • Custom template tags in¬†inc/template-tags¬†that keep your templates clean and neat and prevent code duplication.
  • Sample theme options in¬†/inc/theme-options/¬†that can can be activated by uncommenting one line in¬†functions.php.
  • Some small tweaks in¬†/inc/tweaks.php¬†that can improve your theming experience. They can be activated by uncommenting one line in¬†functions.php.
  • Keyboard navigation for image attachment templates. The script can be found injs/keyboard-navigation.js¬†and is enqueued from the image attachment template,¬†image.php.
  • A script at¬†js/small-menu.js¬†that makes your menu a toggled dropdown for small screens (like your phone) ready for CSS artistry. It‚Äôs enqueued in¬†functions.php.
  • 5 sample CSS layouts in¬†/layouts: Two sidebars on the left, two sidebars on the right, a sidebar on either side of your content, and two-column layouts with sidebars on either side.
  • Smartly organized starter CSS in¬†style.css¬†that will help you to quickly get your design off the ground.

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WordCamps in India

I always envy that people in US get to attend WordCamps every week end as the Indian WP community is so silent. There have been few WordCamps organized in India before but I missed them all ūüôĀ . So, I am gonna track all the forthcoming WordCamps planned in India.

Forthcoming WordCamps in India

None announced yet. Track the WordCamp Central schedule for more WordCamps in future.

List of past WordCamps in India

2013 January – Baroda WordCamp

2013 February – Pune WordCamp

2012 October – Mumbai WordCamp

2012 March – Cuttack WordCamp

2011 October – Jabalpur WordCamp

2009 February – Delhi WordCamp