I’m heading to the WordCamp Boston this weekend. I will be working a shift in the WordPress Genius Bar helping people learn how to design WordPress themes for the first time. I’m also looking forward to comparing notes with the presenters at Boston WordCamp covering advanced wordpress theme design. I’m always looking to benchmark best practices to improve functionality, decrease load time and speed up the design process which makes wordpress as a cms theme design more affordable for my clients.
I am also going to see first hand how the Boston WordCamp was organized. From an online perspective, this show looks tight. The wordpress community in WordPress is very strong and I’m looking forward to some high level discussions. 🙂
Its also been about 10 years since I visited Boston. I haven’t been back since my brother in law graduated from MIT. I lived just outside of Boston in the early 90’s and I do miss seeing one of my favorite cities in the US.
For those of you catching up with me at WordCamp Boston, I design wordpress themes using a combination of the following 3 software programs listed in order of importance based on total usage in the design process:
- Dreamweaver (Adobe Product)
- Fireworks (Adobe product)
- ThemeDreamer (Dreamweaver addon)
- Firebug (Firefox addon)
- Google Adwords (keyword analysis)
* Note I bought Fireworks and Dreamweaver together a few years ago in a bundle called Studio 8, Adobe Creative Suite Web Premium CS4 is about the equivalent these days. Its expensive but effective. If you are a student, but it now while it is still cheap!
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