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  • Twenty Eleven 1.2 by the WordPress team.

    I’m using the theme above, as it does almost every thing i need to do on the site I am making. The only one query i have is , can anyone tell me can I change the colour of the sidebar? and 2 can I change the width of the sidebar? If so could you tell me how to do so.

    Many thanks in advance for any answers.


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  • Yes, you can do both, but first you must create a Child Theme. Child themes are the only recommended way of making changes to themes; but in the case of default themes like twentyeleven they are mandatory assuming you want support and that you don’t want your changes overwritten by updates.

    When you have your minimum child theme you simply add style rules to your child theme’s style.css file to achieve what you want to achieve. The usual way of discovering the style rules you need to apply is to use Firebug or equivalent. Firebug will display the currently active rules for the element(s) you are interested in, so you know which rule(s) to override in your child theme’s style sheet. You can even try new values out in Firebug before actually writing the new rule.



    Many thanks for the help. I’m on big learning curve here. Just strted with Firefox today, and firebug, also new to wordpress. I have up until the last couple of weeks been using DW5 but at 70 years old decided i’d go for a new idea. I think it will work for me. Thank you again. for your advice.

    Never did work out why people were prepared to spend so much money on DreamWeaver when there are so many free (in both senses of the word) alternatives that are just as good or even better.

    FWIW, I use either Netbeans or Eclipse (depending on what machine I’m on) for PHP development and any old editor, like Bluefish for example, for straight HTML/CSS, or HTML-Kit if someone forces me to use a Windows box.

    Firebug is God’s gift to HTML/CSS and JavaScript developers.



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