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A Better User Experience with the WordPress Customizer

In this workshop we will look at the WordPress customizer in great detail. We’ll start with some history and foundational concepts then quickly move into working real-world examples. We’ll also be exploring advanced uses of the customizer in-depth. Bring your laptops and code editors, this is a very hands on workshop.


Intro and setup

History of the customizer

Foundational concepts

Lunch (1:30 – 2:30)

Advanced customizer topics

Feature plugins

Hack time

Andrew Taylor

Agency and Community Engineer at Pantheon

Andrew currently works for Pantheon helping agencies and giving back to the WordPress community.

As a former web developer, Andrew spent his time on large scale projects for clients such as AMC Networks, Frito Lay, National Van Lines and more.

With over 8 years of web development experience, specializing in WordPress, he is a seasoned veteran.

Daniel Bachhuber

Principal at Hand Built and runcommand

Daniel Bachubber is the maintainer of WP-CLI, a contributing developer to the WP REST API project, and principal at Hand Built and runcommand.

Weston Ruter


I live in Portland, Oregon with my wife and two boys. I work remotely for XWP, where I serve as Technology Director (CTO). I started coding over 15 years ago and studied Computer Science. I didn’t start out my web development journey with WordPress, but I’ve been building with it for over 10 years. I’ve been working with WordPress since contributing heavily to WordPress core for the past 3 years and focus heavily on the Customizer and widgets. We build on the Customizer at XWP to deliver compelling solutions for our clients.


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