How To Setup & Use A WordPress Child Theme

WordPress Child Themes

Using WordPress Child Themes when developing your own website theme

This is an incredibly thorough article on designing your own WordPress child theme. I have long been a proponent of using child themes, mostly because early on I started using Genesis for many of my WordPress websites.

What is a WordPress Child Theme?

A child theme is a theme that inherits the functionality of a parent theme. It is a separate theme, that allows you to modify the parent theme without having to modify any of the parent theme’s files.

Why should I use a WordPress Child Theme?

Child themes are particularly useful if you want to customize a non-custom theme that has updates. With a child theme, you can update the parent theme without losing the custom changes you have made to it. It can also make development more efficient, because your child theme will only contain the files from the parent theme that you’ve actually made changes to. This makes it a lot easier to find your past changes to make additional changes in the future. Continue…

I love WordPress Plugins

Every developer has a handful of “can’t live without” plugins. I have a few myself, but they are subject to change over time as new options get released. Right now a few of my favorites are Yoast SEO and Google Analytics for WordPress which both happen to be created by Joost de Valk. Depending on the site, sometimes Google Doc Embedder is a must have WordPress Plugin. Which ones are your favorite to use?

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I love WordPress Plugins.  Some of them can really help improve your website.  Some of them, though, can bog your site down and are more trouble than they are worth.  Also, when you search for an author bio box, 30 different ones come up. Continue…

Is WordPress the best CMS for your business?

The infographic provides a summary of the fundamentals of content management systems, the industries in which they are used and the various types of Content Management Systems available. It provides details of the date of initial release, the platform used, the latest version, the number of themes available, average setup and customization cost, average monthly maintenance cost, the number of websites using the CMS, the popular websites that use the platform and the top industries using them.

Infographic: The Most Popular CMS for Your Business Needs

Infographic: The Most Popular CMS for Your Business Needs

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How best to add code to your functions.php file

How many times have you seen a WordPress tutorial where you’re instructed to add a snippet of code to your functions.php file in order to add new functionality to your site? I’m sure we’re guilty of a few. The best practice is to create your own functionality plugin, instead of loading up your functions.php file with a ton of code.

One of the most important reasons for not doing this is to help you during upgrades and troubleshooting. If your site’s functions are broken up into a separate plugin, it will be easier to turn it on or off while trying to track down a problem or incompatibility. It’s much more difficult if all of those functions are loaded via your theme’s functions.php. Continue…

Minimalist Dream WordPress theme

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This was my first experimentation of building a WordPress theme using Starkers as a starter base. It was also the first time I wrote some jQuery functions in to my site to add some fancy hovers and animations. The Minimalist Dream theme was cross browser tested and uses media queries to tailor the functionality and look between desktops, tablets, and smartphones. I look forward to building more so I can continue to improve my coding process.

Install jQuery Mobile on Your WordPress site

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How To Install jQuery Mobile on Your WordPress Site the Right Way – DesignFestival

So, you want to start taking advantage of some of the fantastic new jQuery Mobile features on your WordPress site, but you could use some guidance as to the best way to get up and running fast. No pro… Continue…

Build Beautiful WordPress Sites With Zurb’s Responsive Foundation Framework

Build responsive websites with ZURB Foundation

Living mostly in the shadow of Twitter Bootstrap is a powerful CSS framework that is just now making its way into WordPress themes. Billed as “freakishly advanced”, with support for literally any grid size from mobile phone to TV, this is one framework that can no longer be overlooked. Today we’re going to explore Foundation, the MIT-licensed front-end framework created by ZURB, Inc.

With several successful case studies already under its belt, Foundation is rapidly gaining popularity for use in high profile websites, such as Pixar and National Geographic. This full-featured responsive framework offers a few advantages that some developers find to be sorely missing in Twitter Bootstrap. Let’s take a look under the hood, compare some features and check out options for using Foundation with WordPress. Continue…

Build a Child Theme in WordPress with 2 Files and 2 Minutes

One the best ways to get a website up and running quickly is to use a WordPress theme that already has the approximate look and feel and tailor it to suit your needs. But, one dangerous practice that many WordPress developers are guilt of is modifying the theme’s files directly. This is a big no-​​no! Even if it’s a simple theme like one of the stock WordPress versions of TwentyTwelve, child themes give you a powerful, simple way to make all the changes you want without any risk to having your careful design work wiped out by an upgrade-​​happy client.

Beyond the power of wordpress child themes, I want to show you my own methodology for quickly creating design changes to a theme. Using a couple of readily available tools, I can make design changes almost as quickly as they’re requested, save the changes in a child theme, and continue doing great, time-​​efficient design work.

Some of the tools you will need for this article are FTP, Chrome web browser, and a text editor. That’s it! As I’ll demonstrate, this process allows for fast site changes with no risk of losing your work with a theme upgrade, which is a common issue as more and more sites are using a few standard base themes for development. Continue…