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Responsive frameworks and child themes - guidance needed (2 posts)

  1. Sorcol
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hello,
    I'm designing and building a website for a local cycling club and have decided to use WordPress so that the club can update and manage the website themselves. While I've worked on several static websites and am pretty competent with (X)HTML and CSS (2/3) and jQuery, to a lesser degree, I am new to both WordPress and PHP.
    The website needs to be responsive, and, since I have a specific layout in mind, I would like to have maximum control over the design. I have been looking at theme frameworks such as Roots and Thematic, and have the following questions:
    1. Can you recommend a 'tried and tested' responsive theme framework? (I have been looking at Thematic, as I have some tutorials based on it, but it seems not to be responsive in its original form. I know that Thematic 320 and Up is responsive, but the fact that it is a child theme may make things complicated for me).
    2. Given my lack of experience with WordPress and PHP, would it be a better idea to implement my design by modifying the 'parent' theme or by creating a child theme (or does it make a difference)?
    Apologies for the lack of specificity in my questions: I'm still trying to get my head around this stuff!
    Thanks in advance.

  2. CarolineElisa
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi Sorcol,

    If it is not too late (!), I would recommend using a child theme. This is because your parent theme (should) work across browsers and be bug-free. That way, when you make changes that screw up the theme you can always revert. Also, you can update the parent theme without losing your changes.

    As for your first question...

    I came across your post while searching for feedback on the Thematic 320 and Up theme. Did you end up going with that?

    Cheers,
    Caroline Elisa

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