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Adding a custom screenshot

From: WordPress 3: Building Child Themes

Video: Adding a custom screenshot

Theme screenshots are an important way of identifying what theme you're using. Adding a custom screenshot to your child theme is one of the last things you should do before taking it live. When I say theme screenshots, I mean the little screenshots that appear when you go to your Dashboard and go to Appearance and Themes. Here you can see that all my installed themes Twenty Eleven, Twenty Ten, and Twenty Twelve have screenshots, but you also see that my child theme does not yet have a screenshot, so I need to create it.

Adding a custom screenshot

Theme screenshots are an important way of identifying what theme you're using. Adding a custom screenshot to your child theme is one of the last things you should do before taking it live. When I say theme screenshots, I mean the little screenshots that appear when you go to your Dashboard and go to Appearance and Themes. Here you can see that all my installed themes Twenty Eleven, Twenty Ten, and Twenty Twelve have screenshots, but you also see that my child theme does not yet have a screenshot, so I need to create it.

Just like with most other things in child themes, the way I create a new screenshot is I go to the Parent theme, find the screenshot file and copy it over into my child theme. Then I open that screenshot file in my image editor. I'm going to use Photoshop for this, and then finally I'll go back to my browser, go to the front page and actually make a screenshot. I'll hit Ctrl+Minus to zoom out a couple of times until I get the view I want. I'll also hit F11 to go full screen and then I'll hit Print Screen on my PC.

Now I can reset my browser by hitting F11 again and hitting Ctrl+0, and then I'm going to go back to Photoshop and paste in my screenshot. As you can see it's a little bit too big right now, so have to zoom out and then transform it to make it the size I want. And when I'm happy with what I see and I think this looks pretty good, I simply go and save the file. I'll save it on top of the original one in my child theme so it's going to be called screenshot.png.

I'll replace it, go back to my Dashboard > Appearance > Themes and here you see my new screenshot. You notice that all I did was copy the original file into my child themes, then opened that original file from child themes, paste in a new screenshot, and saved it. WordPress automatically figures out that the file called screenshot.png is the screenshot for this theme, and now you can actually see what the theme looks like before you activate it.

With the screenshot in place, your child theme is easy to identify and differentiate from the parent theme when you're looking through the installed themes on your site. And if you ever decide to publish your child theme so others can use it, the screenshot is all the more important.

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WordPress 3: Building Child Themes

45 video lessons · 33115 viewers

Morten Rand-Hendriksen
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  1. 6m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 34s
    3. What you need to know before watching this course
      1m 29s
    4. Getting the right tools for theme creation
      2m 50s
  2. 17m 2s
    1. What is a WordPress child theme and when should you use it?
      2m 38s
    2. Picking a parent theme
      3m 55s
    3. Making sure you have the Twenty Twelve parent theme
      1m 50s
    4. Creating and activating a basic child theme
      4m 20s
    5. Importing parent theme styles
      4m 19s
  3. 16m 2s
    1. Using the developer tools
      3m 53s
    2. Modifying existing styles
      4m 24s
    3. Adding space between paragraphs
      4m 7s
    4. Changing font family styles
      3m 38s
  4. 31m 47s
    1. Understanding the WordPress template hierarchy
      3m 12s
    2. Modifying existing templates
      2m 33s
    3. Moving the header image
      4m 29s
    4. Adding Related Posts feature to posts
      6m 26s
    5. Creating custom page templates
      5m 43s
    6. Using conditional statements for customized effects
      5m 41s
    7. Creating custom header, footer, and sidebar templates
      3m 43s
  5. 17m 5s
    1. Understanding the different index pages and what they do
      4m 6s
    2. Adding author, date, and time information to the index loop
      7m 15s
    3. Changing the appearance of category index pages
      5m 44s
  6. 43m 5s
    1. Introducing functions.php
      3m 24s
    2. Overriding existing functions
      3m 23s
    3. Adding pagination to index pages
      5m 49s
    4. Adding to existing functions
      3m 21s
    5. Adding a new footer menu to Twenty Twelve
      6m 24s
    6. Adding a new widgetized area to pages
      4m 9s
    7. Adding static content to the sidebar
      7m 44s
    8. Replacing existing functions
      2m 36s
    9. Adding a Google font through a function
      6m 15s
  7. 10m 24s
    1. Adding new featured image sizes
      5m 41s
    2. Adding featured images to posts and pages
      4m 43s
  8. 31m 1s
    1. Adding a welcome message to the front page
      1m 22s
    2. Displaying page content in an index page
      7m 42s
    3. Hooking in a featured image
      4m 34s
    4. Making the welcome message responsive
      6m 27s
    5. Restricting content to the first page of the blog
      4m 22s
    6. Adding a jQuery function to show or hide the welcome message
      6m 34s
  9. 10m 23s
    1. Adding a custom favicon
      3m 58s
    2. Adding a custom screenshot
      2m 29s
    3. Adding footer information
      3m 56s
  10. 7m 14s
    1. What to do when a child theme crashes your website
      4m 38s
    2. Updating parent and child themes
      2m 36s

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