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Twentyeleven child theme - help needed! (11 posts)

  1. danielflo
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I'm a fairly new blogger to wordpress, but I think I'm kind of getting the hang of the CSS. But I still need a lot of help finding what I need in the jungle of codes. I've just started my Child Theme for twentyeleven, and I've managed to do two of the many things I want to do; hide the menubar in the header and hide the searchform.

    But I have lot of things I want to edit, hide and add. I hope someone'll help me!

    Firstly - I've made a illustration of how I want my page to look (click here)

    I want the entire blog to have a "clean cut/minimalist" feel to it. I do not want shadows, frames or borders (exeption - the thin grey lines between months in "archive"). Text should be black. I want to be able to change fonts as I please.

    It looks fairly easy, so I hope someone wants to help me! Beforehand thanks for all support!

    [No bumping. If it's that urgent, consider hiring someone.]

  2. peredur
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    You're trying to create something that bears no relation to the original theme. The idea of child themes is that you can use parent as a basis. This kinda assumes that the parent is at least along the lines of what you want.

    I'd suggest that you either find a well-written theme that is closer to what you want and use that as a parent, or use one of the many 'starter' themes that are meant to be completely minimal so you can build on them.

    Either that or you may want to create your new theme from scratch.

    However, if you're not happy with PHP you'll probably not want to go creating a new theme from scratch.

    If you're going to make major changes you really do need to be pretty confident with HTML/CSS and possibly PHP, depending on the kinds of changes you're wanting to make.

    HTH

    PAE

  3. rshandel
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Any suggestions to using a more minimal theme. I've been able modify twentyeleven, creating a child theme and so, far its worked pretty well. I do see your point,However,in finding a cleaner theme to modify...just don't know what they are. suggestions?

    With that said, I do have 1 question regarding modifying the twentyeleven theme.

    After each post there's an <hr> tag.. creating a 1px line - fine for the blog/posts section, however, I'd like to remove it for pages....
    Any thoughts?

  4. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Toolbox and Starkers are both stripped-back themes that make a good foundation for a custom theme. Another good one is Thematic but that's actually a framework rather than a theme (has a lot of its own inbuilt functions, filters etc).

  5. danielflo
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I get your point peredur but trying to find themes that are as well coded as the twentyeleven is very difficult, and I actually don't have long way to go (it seems). I managed to change the size of the header to 1000x500 (but I guess I just manipulated the header that was already there. It just streched to be taller. I want to be able to UPLOAD headers that are already 1000x500. I used this code:

    #branding img {
    height: 500px;
    margin-bottom: -7px;
    width: 100%;
    }

    I managed to remove the header-menu AND the search bar with these codes:

    #access {
        clear: both;
        display: none;
    }
    #branding #searchform {
        display: none;
    }

    I also managed to make the background white using this code:

    body {
    background-color: white;
    }

    That's all it took! And now I'm left with this.

    As you can see, the only things left that are really important to me are fixing the header, make the "archive" menu look like I want and change the width of posts and pictures. That couldn't really be that hard. Could it?

  6. rshandel
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks for the reply esmi. Any ideas how to remove the <hr> tag for page posts?

  7. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @rshandel: Your question is not related to the original poster's issue. Please post a new topic.

  8. danielflo
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I guess I'll just try out PressWork then.

  9. peredur
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Changing the header size in twentyeleven means mucking about with functions.php. If you're not happy with PHP coding, I'd give that a wide berth.

    Generally speaking the themes available from the Free Themes Directory are pretty well coded. They have to conform to WP coding standards in order to be there. And you can also see what other people say about them.

    HTH

    PAE

  10. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    And you can also see what other people say about them.

    Just bear in mind that these comments/posts may be negatively skewed. People rarely post to say how great a theme is but will post if there is something that they want to change or don't like.

  11. peredur
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Good point esmi. I'll remember to add that caveat in future.

    Cheers

    PAE

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