October 7-10, 2012, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Session Details

WordPress FUNctions

#TPR12 Technical: Propeller Hats Required Track

103 C, Frontier Airlines Center


This session will be entirely about the magic of the functions.php file in your WordPress theme. Eliminate bulky plugins with a few lines (customize login page, expand user profiles, adding new user roles, altering user role permissions, including thumbnails in rss feeds, etc.) Discover the power of shortcodes and how they can be used to simplify your user experience.

You'll leave this session with A LOT of examples of things you can add into the functions.php file and how to then use that throughout your theme files, or inline in posts and pages.


Lacy Tite
Senior Web Developer, Vanderbilt University

Lacy Tite has been working in web development for more than 12 years, spending the last five at Vanderbilt University in University Web Communications as Senior Web Developer. Her office oversees all of the top-level websites for the university, provides development/programming/design services for the Vanderbilt community and manages all the university-supported content management systems. 

Tite built the official Vanderbilt WordPress theme that is currently in use across approximately 550 sites (100ish standalone installations as well as a 450+ multisite installation.)

Two of her favorite side projects are working with JMI (justiceandmercy.org) and serving as co-art director for Link (link.highedweb.org). Follow @lacytite on Twitter to see weekly #tuesdayshoes pictures.