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  • I’d like to start off my new blog but a responsive theme lik Twenty Eleven needs more care.
    Without too much work, how to approach the main page ‘concept’. For me, it should be kind of attractive invitation to the blog and possibly its author. So, I could consider the slideshow of chosen photos, a video link. How could I handle it?
    And as for header/footer widgets, how can I include pages like some of my own categories or archive for example? Is that possible?

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  • WPyogi

    (@wpyogi)

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    Have you created a child theme? That’s the first step before you do any customizing of a theme:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes

    Without too much work

    ?? – That totally depends on your skill and experience…and what you consider “too much.”

    Exactly – so creating a child theme i s probably TOO dificult for me now. That’s why I want to work with the parent one. Is it really so risky as some suggest?

    Moderator Andrew Nevins

    (@anevins)

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    If somehow the theme updates, you will lose all modifications made to that theme’s files. Some servers automatically update themes when applicable.

    WPyogi

    (@wpyogi)

    Forum Moderator

    Yes, it is extremely inadvisable – if you are thinking about modifying a theme, you will have to know how to do things involved in making a child theme.

    I guess there exist some ready-made Twenty Eleven child themes πŸ™‚ Do child-themes have a different structure to the parent?

    WPyogi

    (@wpyogi)

    Forum Moderator

    Yes, but depending on what theme(s) you are referring to, they might be a styled theme that is set up as a child theme – that is not the same as creating a “blank” child theme from twentyeleven.

    But still, if I find a Twenty Eleven styled theme that is compatible with Wp 3.5, I understand THIS move will make me resistant to all upgrade misery?

    Moderator Andrew Nevins

    (@anevins)

    Forum moderator

    A Child Theme is just another folder in the directory /wp-content/themes/ directory.

    Inside your Child Theme folder, you need to have one style.css file.
    The style.css file must have some comments in the top of the file.

    The comments are;

    – Theme Name
    (which declares the child theme’s name)

    -Template
    (declares the child theme’s parent; i.e., the directory of the theme whose templates the child uses)

    Your style.css file should then have @import CSS to grab the parent theme’s styles;
    E.g,

    @import url("../twentytwelve/style.css");

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes#Example_of_a_basic_Child_Theme

    That’s basically all you need.

    Ok – let me sum up and clarify:
    1.If I modify things within existing customisation options in the parent theme, future updates are not destructive either to my widget or setting or other similar configuration. Only if I choose to modify its elements BEYOND the options of the parent theme, your suggestions seem to matter. Right?
    2. I’ve spent a lot of time preparing some plugin configuration. Suppose I started with a child theme, I hope these are still relevant and active: sharethis, FB for WP, Akismet, Google Analytics, SEO stuff, XML Sitemap and the like.
    3. Now, when I create a child theme and work on it, doing any changes to its style will or will not endanger my current config, like the above mentioned?
    4. i understand the benefit is also that changes to the parent affect the child in a positive way, with all possible improvements?
    5. In my host I work on Direct Admin platform with Installatron tool, so I guess most of these steps are easy to do
    /wp-content/themes/ directory
    The child folder should be in the directory, not inside the parent theme folder?
    @import url(“../twentytwelve/style.css”); < i place of dots, I should paste my blog url?

    I’ve used One-Click Child Theme to create a child theme from Twenty Eleven. I avoided Child Themify as it’s got some liomitations. I hope that’s ennough and now I can safely go towards the end of config and my blog posts. A simple clone of the theme would be an alternative, I suppose, but i guess it’s not necessary now. When I develop my confidence, I’ve got a child theme (My First 2011 Baby :)) anyway, I can work with some more ambitious changes on it.
    Was it a good move on my part?

    WPyogi

    (@wpyogi)

    Forum Moderator

    Where did the theme come from? or is that a plugin?

    It’s definitely a plugin from WP.org repository.
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/one-click-child-theme/

    WPyogi

    (@wpyogi)

    Forum Moderator

    It’s a bit outdated, but that’s not always a problem, so if it worked, great. If you want someone to look at it, post a link to your site. Otherwise, go for it πŸ™‚ !

    OK – the blog is not ready as I’m still during the set-up process, but active, so you or someone else could have a look πŸ™‚ Obviously it’s on the created child theme.
    I talked to the hosting service guy and he said that making a copy with a different name, not a child theme is also a way. I wonder if I can have access to all the update benefits to the parent theme this way?
    Another way ia creating my own Custom CSS code with either Custom CSS Manager or Jetpack.
    But maybe it’s ok to stay with what I have….
    Here’s my blog’s link:
    http://cudownagdynia.pl/

    WPyogi

    (@wpyogi)

    Forum Moderator

    Looks fine from here – you don’t need custom CSS if you have a child theme – just use the child theme style.css file.

    And no, if you copy the entire theme and change the name, you do not get any updates – not a better option.

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