How To Make Twenty Fourteen (Or Any Other WP Theme!) Super

In a recent review of WordPress’ latest default theme, WPMU DEV’s Chris Knowles called Twenty Fourteen a “flawed beauty.”

In that article, Chris recommended a number of potential improvements, and together we’ve put together this ultimate guide to addressing those flaws.

And what’s more, these tips and techniques can be used in practically any WordPress theme.

So, break out the cape, fire up your favorite editor, and give Twenty Fourteen a superhero makeover.

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3 Tricks For Improved Child Theming in WordPress

There are a lot of reasons why it is better to create a child theme instead of modifying a theme, but one of the most important reasons is that doing so allows you to keep the parent theme up to date without losing your customizations.

The more template files you copy from the parent theme to the child theme, the more likely it is that you will miss out on the benefit of a future update to the parent theme as the changes are in a file your child theme is overriding.

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How to Create a WordPress Child Theme

Have you ever spent countless hours customizing your site, only to lose all of your hard work after updating the theme?

Creating a child theme allows you to make changes to your site without touching your original theme’s code, making it easier to update your site without the threat of wiping out changes when you update. A child theme inherits the functionality of its parent and you can turn off your child theme and fall back on the parent any time you want.

In today’s Weekend WordPress Project we’re going to look at how to set up a child theme.

Getting Started

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Beginner WordPress Bloggers: 10 Things You Shouldn’t Do

There are plenty of posts out there with tips for WordPress newbies, which is pretty damned handy, it has to be said.

After all, we were all beginners once. When you first fire it up, WordPress can be pretty overwhelming — such a depth of functionality is not easily presented in an immediately intuitive manner. Having said that, it only takes a few nudges in the right direction to get on your way. Install a theme here, a plugin there, have a fiddle with the visual editor, and you’re on your way.

Beginner WordPress Bloggers: 10 Things You Shouldn't Do

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Tutorial: Integrating Thesis and BuddyPress – Part 3

This is the final part of the 3 part series, Integrating Thesis and BuddyPress, in which we will perform some basic styling, edit our custom.css file, and create a unique BuddyPress experience using the Thesis Theme Framework for WordPress multisite.

As a quick recap, In  Part 1 of Integrating Thesis and BuddyPress – we covered installing WordPress Multisite (briefly), reviewed the network and site dashboards, and then moved on to a detailed video installation of BuddyPress.

In Part 2 of Integrating Thesis and BuddyPress, we focus on the installation of the Thesis Theme Framework and the Thesis BuddyPress Child Theme.

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Tutorial: Integrating Thesis and BuddyPress – Part 2

In  Part 1 of Integrating Thesis and BuddyPress – we covered installing WordPress Multisite (briefly), reviewed the network and site dashboards, and then moved on to a detailed video installation of BuddyPress.

In this article, Part 2 of Integrating Thesis and BuddyPress, we focus on the installation of the Thesis Theme Framework and the Thesis BuddyPress Child Theme.

Right now your site should look like a basic install of WordPress. If you are using the basic Twenty Eleven theme, it probably looks like this:

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Tutorial: Integrating Thesis and BuddyPress – Part 1

In this three-part tutorial you’ll learn how to install the BuddyPress Child Theme for Thesis on a live WordPress multisite installation, and make a few custom code edits that turn a standard thesis install into a unique BuddyPress network site.

If you were not aware that BuddyPress had been integrated with the Thesis premium framework you can read the precursor to this article: BuddyPress and Thesis Together at Last.

Marrying these two frameworks makes great sense. You get the speed and customizability of Thesis with all the cool functionality of BuddyPress – like forums, groups, users profiles, and activity streams.

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BuddyPress and Thesis Together At Last

If you are a fanatic for the Thesis framework and have been looking for a way to integrate all the coolness of BuddyPress without having to do a mountain of custom code – you’re going to love this article.

For several years Thesis has been one of the most popular WordPress frameworks. It features lean code, nearly unlimited customization options, and top-notch support.

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Enable HTML code in WordPress Widget Titles

WordPress widgets don’t allow HTML code by default. With the snippet below, you’ll be able to use basic HTML styling tags (even span tags) in WordPress widget titles. Put it in your functions.php file.

{code type=php}

function html_widget_title( $title ) {
//HTML tag opening/closing brackets
$title = str_replace( ‘[‘, ‘<‘, $title );
$title = str_replace( ‘[/’, ‘</’, $title );
// bold — changed from ‘s’ to ‘strong’ because of strikethrough code
$title = str_replace( ‘strong]’, ‘strong>’, $title );
$title = str_replace( ‘b]’, ‘b>’, $title );
// italic
$title = str_replace( ‘em]’, ‘em>’, $title );
$title = str_replace( ‘i]’, ‘i>’, $title );
// underline

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Envato WordPress Toolkit – A ThemeForest Auto-Updater

Envato’s ThemeForest theme marketplace is one of the most popular locations to buy WordPress themes.

One of the benefits is receiving lifetime theme updates, but, in the past, it was difficult to know when updates were available.

The Envato WordPress Toolkit enables you to access your Envato WordPress purchases from within your WordPress Dashboard. It allows you to not only install themes but also to receive update notifications and update automatically, just like regular WordPress themes.

WordPress ThemeForest auto-updater

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