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  • I been researching the web for info on making a child theme. I follow directions and I think my problem is simple but I am all new to this. I save another file on my computer in the themes and create a new .css and hypen the folder with twentyeleven-child I am even adding the code to use the parent file so I can just change it by adding the corrections. The theme does not change. I am using godaddy as hosting and also installed wordpress through godaddy so they are connected. The Godaddy representative told me that was all I need. I feel like the changes I make on my computer are not being recognized by wordpress in the back end. Am I screwing this up because I am not connected through something like filezilla. Can anyone help me so I don’t lose my work editing the twentyeleven theme directly. Thanks

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  • You said you made a .css file on your computer, but did you upload it to your GoDaddy server?

    The path “/wp-content/themes/twentyeleven-child/” should contain the style.css file you made.

    The Codex entry on child-themes is pretty comprehensive, I’d give it another read through to make sure you’re not missing anything. The top of the style.css file should contain:

    Theme Name:     Twenty Eleven Child
    Theme URI:
    Description:    Child theme for the Twenty Eleven theme
    Author:         Your name here
    Author URI:
    Template:       twentyeleven
    Version:        0.1.0

    How do I upload to godaddy? They told me that since I installed wordpress or clicked the wordpress icon inside my godaddy account that they connected to each other. They told me I do not need filezilla and I am confused. When I use to work with dreamweaver I would uplaod or sync my new work to godaddy in the program. I have files on my desktop and some themes in my wp-content folder but to be honest not sure what they are doing there. If I install a new theme in the back end of wordpress nothing shows up new in my desktop. So I dont know what I am doing or how to upload to doaddy. Please enlighten me.

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