Speaker Spotlight: Tracy Levesque!

Tracy Levesque

Tracy Levesque

WordCamp Montreal is two weeks away! We’re excited to bring you a new speaker spotlight series this year!

Our next spotlight is Tracy Levesque!

Tracy Levesque is a co-owner of YIKES, Inc., a Philadelphia web design and development shop. She has been designing websites since 1996 and working with WordPress since 2007. She spends her days building custom themes for WordPress and seeing how much functionality she can add without knowing PHP. When not wrangling HTML and CSS, Tracy rides bikes, eats sushi, chases her 5 year old daughter and takes pictures of abandoned buildings.

Tracy will be giving a talk titled Creating Custom Child Themes for WordPress.

What is your favorite improvement to WordPress this past year?

The Theme Customizer.

Why did you decide to speak at WordCamp Montreal?

I will take any opportunity to visit Canada.

What is your talk going to be about?

I am going to talk about how to customize a WordPress site using a Child Theme. The alternate title of my presentation is “How to Make WordPress Pretty Without Breaking it.”.

What is the one thing you want people to walk away with from your talk?

The ability to create a Child theme and the knowledge and inspiration to go from there.

Who in the WordPress community inspires you? Who do you follow?

I follow core developers, etc. on Twitter, but I really get my inspiration from the collaborative nature of the community as a whole.

What new feature would you like to see in the future?

I would love to have expand/collapse buttons on /wp-admin/edit.php?post_type=page for pages’ child pages. I know you can already sort/filter/search, but one more feature to make the page list less lengthy would be sweet.

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