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[resolved] Creating a Child Theme and Reducing Opacity in Spun (18 posts)

  1. usiranrels
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    Hi,

    I would like some help building off of the information in this resolved post: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/make-the-menu-bar-wording-darker?replies=19#post-4792391

    I would like to reduce the opacity value for Spun since it does not display well in Firefox and on older monitors. I am confused by how to get to the point where I can change the code. It looks like a child theme is the way to go, but the instructions given by WP to do so are not absolutely clear to me. Do I have to download WP to my hard drive and create the child theme there? I built my site and chose Spun without downloading anything to my hard drive, so the process would be new to me. Biggest fear, of course, is jacking up the site in its current state as I try to improve it. I thus hesitate to assume too much. Thank you!

  2. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 10 months ago #

    Do I have to download WP to my hard drive and create the child theme there? I built my site and chose Spun without downloading anything to my hard drive, so the process would be new to me.

    Nope, you don't need to download WP - but you do need to use a plain text editor to create the new style.css file on your local computer - then upload that to your server using FTP.

    Have you seen - http://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes

    You could also try:
    http://wordpress.org/plugins/orbisius-child-theme-creator/

  3. usiranrels
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    Thanks. Good to know. I ran into problems with the first link's instructions. When I put my website's url followed by wp-content/themes, I got a blank webpage. That's what led me to think I had to do it on my hard drive. I'll have a look at that second link now and let you know how it goes.

  4. usiranrels
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    Is there any danger of Orbisius crashing a site based on Spun? It looks user-friendly and I would like to proceed, but he provides quite the warning. By checking the CopyFunction.php box that he provides, am I safe? Forgive me being over-cautious here. I have had a tendency in the past to make things worse while trying to make them better! :)

  5. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 10 months ago #

    Personally, I'd make my own child theme :). It's really not hard and you'll learn some new (very useful) things.

    You just need to get FTP set up - ask your hosting company for help with that. Also see:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/FTP_Clients

  6. usiranrels
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    Why can't you just edit the code in the parent theme? I did a child theme with a plug-in and when I activated it, it had fatal errors. I am now restored to the status quo ante, thankfully.

    So to do my own child theme, can I copy the code from the Editor field in Dashboard, paste it into a Notepad file, make the changes I want, and then upload it through FTP? Is it that straightforward?

  7. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 10 months ago #

    If you modify theme files, your changes will be overwritten and lost when the theme is updated.

    If you are only going to make CSS changes, just use a Custom CSS plugin like Custom CSS manager - and add your CSS there.

  8. orbisius
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    Hi all,

    I am the creator of Orbisius Child Theme Creator.
    The latest version of the plugin features Theme Editor (ajax and available under Appearance) which allows you to edit 2 theme files at the same time.
    Therefore you don't need to use FTP client ... of course if the hosting is good.

    I've seen some plesk hostings which the files don't have the right permissions in that case you'll need to use FTP

    Slavi

  9. orbisius
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    usiranrels, in most cases you don't need to copy functions.php
    that's why it is put under Advanced section :)

  10. Siobhan Bamber (siobhyb)
    Forum Mod.
    Posted 10 months ago #

    @usiranrels: Please take the time to read through the forum welcome (http://codex.wordpress.org/Forum_Welcome), and in future, please do not contact any of the forum mods via their personal email addresses. Any support we offer here is done so on a purely voluntary basis, and should be kept to these forums.

  11. usiranrels
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    Orbisius,

    Thanks for participating in this. FYI, when I used your plug-in to create a child theme and then activated it, the entire site went white (fatal error). This happened even after I tested with a Sandbox site. My web hosting company's tech support resolved it for me. I have since figured out how to do a manual child theme.

    Thank you for the help above, WPYogi and Orbisius. Sorry to bother you, Siobhan. You looked to be so helpful to someone with a similar problem. I didn't think it would hurt to reach out. Like many people that post here, I am learning not only about web development, but the social dynamics of this community.

  12. orbisius
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    Hi usiranrels,

    Sorry, to hear that.

    I am very interested in the error log file(s).
    Can you request them from your hosting company?
    When you have the file(s) you can zip it/them and upload the archive to dropbox and send me a download link via http://orbisius.com/contact/

    I couldn't reproduce the crash.
    See this troubleshooting attempt video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXOaCA496Es&feature=youtu.be

    Are you using an older version of WordPress & Orbisius Child Theme
    Creator ?

    Also, have you made any changes to the parent theme before you attempted to create a child theme?
    e.g. calling some plugin functions from the footer/sidebar?

    Slavi

  13. Siobhan Bamber (siobhyb)
    Forum Mod.
    Posted 10 months ago #

    Sorry to bother you, Siobhan. You looked to be so helpful to someone with a similar problem. I didn't think it would hurt to reach out. Like many people that post here, I am learning not only about web development, but the social dynamics of this community.

    You didn't bother me, sorry to call you out like that. It's just better to post your problems here so that everyone can benefit from their solution. :)

  14. ecosee
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    The opacity is set in the functions.php file. This should be moved to the css file and there should be a settings panel in the wordpress admin that easily let's someone set their starting site wide opacity. In this case the default is .2 and .3 in the functions.php file. I changed mine to .7 and .7 and am now very happy with the theme.

  15. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Modifying theme files is not a good way to make changes as they are lost when the theme is updated. And this thread is long resolved.

  16. ecosee
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Its really not resolved and that's my point. The opacity issues should not be in the functions file. Reading these threads about this issue, not once does someone point out that the site wide opacity code lives in the functions file. I finally figured it out on my own and I am pointing it out for others so they don't have to be as frustrated by thus misplacement as I was.

  17. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Modifying theme files is not a good way to make changes, period. And posting that same thing in multiple already-resolved threads is not how these forums work. Please do not continue to do so.

    If you wish to make your own thread on this topic, feel free, however, please do explain how the change should be made in a child theme - as modifying theme files is not recommended.

  18. Andrew
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 8 months ago #

    @ecosee, please take notice of the time when threads were created and responses given. You're referring to a version of Spun that was not released at the time this thread was started, discussed and resolved.

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