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Basic Question on Twenty-Thirteen Theme (5 posts)

  1. Eli-the-editor
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Hello guys,

    I'll really need your help here. Hope you guys would bare with me...

    I'm a designer with ZERO -- absolutely zero -- knowledge on WordPress PHP. I only know basic HTML/CSS. I was hoping to make myself a blog and when I setup my WordPress, it was on Twenty-Thirteen theme by default. Now I already have a blog design that I created, so it's kind of custom, nothing super fancy though, just regular blog structure, sidebars and all that.

    So my question is, using just the Twenty-Thirteen default theme, would I be able to customize it to match my design? I've read others talk about child themes and all that, which I don't fully understand yet so I'm not sure if I should look for another theme.

    I'm hoping you guys could advise me how I should proceed from here on in order to achieve the custom look that I personally designed. I'm sure there's a lot of you out there who have accomplished this already, so I'm hoping you could shed some light on the matter.

    Thanks,
    Eli

  2. paulwpxp
    Font hero
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Don't waste your time on Twentythirteen. It's designed to be end product, it's not for customizing. All important parts of this theme are not easy to make changes.

    Get Underscores (_S) and put in your CSS.
    http://underscores.me

    Or starts with simple theme as a base.

    Able
    http://wordpress.org/themes/able

    Hellish Simplicity
    http://wordpress.org/themes/hellish-simplicity

  3. Eli-the-editor
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Thanks Paul,

    This what I did:

    1. Went to http://underscores.me
    2. Typed in Able in the Search Theme field, which caused it to download Able
    3. Transferred it to my host for installation

    Is that correct? If so, should this be a good base to fully tweak and customize to achieve my design?

    Thanks,
    Eli

  4. Eli-the-editor
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Whoops, went in and downloaded the correct Able theme instead. The Able theme via underscores.me just looks weird.

  5. paulwpxp
    Font hero
    Posted 8 months ago #

    The _s doesn't have main CSS layout pre-installed, you have to put it in.

    Those themes are just examples, you could searh for others that look close to your design.
    http://wordpress.org/themes/tag-filter/

    Make changes via a Custom CSS plugin.
    http://wordpress.org/plugins/search.php?q=custom+css

    If needed more than just CSS changes, use a Child theme.
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes

    Theme files should be kept untouched, safe for future upgrade.

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