Ladies Learning Code: Edmonton Chapter

Ladies Learning Code is a national not-for-profit organization that started up in Toronto in 2011. Founder, Heather Payne, back from a recent trip to LA for a coding workshop, found herself in a strange position – she wanted to learn beginner-friendly computer programming without signing up for a long semester in a technology school, (which often works on the assumption that you already know the basics). After searching around and not finding what she was looking for, Heather took to Twitter to ask if any other women were interested in code; The feedback was astonishing. In a short month or so and after being contacted by would-be sponsors, volunteers, and eager learners, Ladies Learning Code was born!

I think we’ve tapped into an unmet need in the Toronto community – Heather Payne

The first year of Ladies Learning Code in Toronto saw over 1733 participants and it was only a matter of time before other cities starting picking up what Toronto was putting down! Today, joining Edmonton and Toronto, there are 9 more LLC chapters across Canada, including: Hamilton, London, Ottawa, Montreal, Fredericton, Moncton, Halifax, Calgary, and Vancouver.

Ladies Learning Code’s workshop style is what makes it stand-out from other technology groups. We have a ratio of 4:1 students to mentors, so that on top of everyone following along with a lead instructor, they’ll have an additional support system to help them along the way! Our workshops are social and collaborative, in an effort to create a comfortable and engaging atmosphere for women (and men) to learn! And, with a repository of over a full year’s worth of learning material – there is likely no chance we’ll be slowing down any time soon!

Since Edmonton’s launch in July, we have taught over 155 learners, welcomed 5 lead instructors and over 40 volunteer mentors have helped run courses for HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Ruby, and most recently, WordPress. A special thank you goes out to the local companies and organizations who have secured the spaces for us to hold our workshops; Community sponsor and backer to the #yeg chapter bid, BE3Designs, NAIT and to Startup Edmonton who have graciously handed over their social space for half of our workshops in 2014!

We are celebrating (and learning) at our very last #llcyeg workshop of 2013 today – none other than WordPress for Beginners, our first workshop to sell out WEEKS in advance and set us up with a waitlist long enough to justify a second event! As Chapter Lead, I’d like to take this moment to thank our lead instructor and mentors who volunteered their day to our learners – THANK YOU! Without your help, Ladies Learning Code would be more like Hey – I Showed Up, Where is Everybody? Everyone is Asking Me Questions!

With our new season starting up in 2014 and workshops for HTML, CSS, WordPress and more – please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’re interested in becoming a learner or a volunteer! We’ve got a community page on Facebook here: or you can check out the full Ladies Learning Code site at and follow @llcodedotcom on Twitter!

Ladies Learning Code: functions.php Quick Tips & Tricks

What a great day working with everyone at Ladies Learning Code Edmonton Addition!

As a mentor, I was paired up with a super smart and speedy group that wanted to get just a little more out of their session so I decided to dive into their functions.php file with them and show them how to make a few easy customizations. Below is the code we used in the functions.php.

Change your WordPress Login Logo & Link

Here’s a quick way to customize your WordPress login logo to the Ladies Learning Code login logo. This code will also link the LLC logo to their website.

Step 1: Right click the image below > Download > Place it in the following place in your theme file > wp-content/themes/ladies-learning-code/i/llc-logo.png



Disable unwanted dashboard widgets

Hate how busy your WordPress Dashboard looks when you log in? Paste the code below into your functions.php file and watch them be disabled! It’s like magic but cooler…it’s code!

The one thing you’ll notice is that I commented out the ‘Right Now’ and ‘Recent Comments’ dashboard widgets. I did this because I find these widgets to be the only important ones that you SHOULD keep in your Dashboard.

Set the image upload default to ‘no link’

I get really annoyed when I’m trying to add a new image to my WordPress page/post and it automatically links to itself, opening it in a new page when someone clicks on it. Don’t be a linky linkerton, disable to auto linking by placing the code below in your WordPress themes functions.php file.


Get ready for WordCamp Edmonton

WordCamp Edmonton 2013 is a one-day, two-stream conference taking place at StartUp Edmonton – located in Edmonton’s downtown core – on Friday, Nov 15, 2013. It will attract over 150 of the savviest developers, designers, marketers, and creative professionals in and around the Edmonton area and within the WordPress community.

What is WordCamp?

WordCamps are casual, locally-organized, non- profit conferences covering everything related to WordPress, the free and open source personal publishing software that powers over 25 million sites on the web. WordCamps come in all different flavours, based on the local communities that produce them. In general, WordCamps include sessions on how to use WordPress more effectively, beginning plugin and theme development, advanced techniques, security, etc. The types of sessions typically seen at WordCamps can be viewed on the WordCamp channel at

Is WordCamp Edmonton for Me?

WordCamp Edmonton is great if you’re a developer, designer, blogger, professional, small-business owner… the list can go on and on!

  • First-time bloggers can look forward to learning the basics about WordPress – what it is, how to set it up, and how to use it!
  • Professionals can look forward to talks on subjects like e-commerce, strategic content management, and much more.
  • Content Creators will be privy to speakers covering a range of applicable subjects, from effective site content, search engine optimization and more.
  • Designers and developers will be in for a WordPress whirlwind, with topics such as theming, plugin development, effective content design and more being covered.

How Do I Register?

Head over to and get your tickets before their gone!