There’s more than one way to add custom CSS to your WordPress site. In this Weekend WordPress we explore the strengths and weaknesses of three different methods so you can decide which suits you best, and let you get on with customizing your site.
Twenty Fifteen is a gorgeous theme, but let's face it, there's always room for improvement! So in today's post we show you how to update the theme with default customizations, plugins and our own custom coded solutions.
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.
In this article, we are going to build a child theme that implements the improvements that Chris recommended in his review of Twenty Fourteen, namely:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.