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Adding footer information

From: WordPress 3: Building Child Themes

Video: Adding footer information

Just like an artist usually signs her paintings and other works somewhere on the bottom to put her mark on them, so should you put your own information at the bottom of your new child theme so that others can see what you've done. When creating a child theme, I always encourage some coding courtesy. By that I mean you should always say that this is a child theme and reference the original. That way you're both giving props to the people who built the original theme and at the same time you're letting people compare the original to your new and improved child theme.

Adding footer information

Just like an artist usually signs her paintings and other works somewhere on the bottom to put her mark on them, so should you put your own information at the bottom of your new child theme so that others can see what you've done. When creating a child theme, I always encourage some coding courtesy. By that I mean you should always say that this is a child theme and reference the original. That way you're both giving props to the people who built the original theme and at the same time you're letting people compare the original to your new and improved child theme.

The logical place to put this information as well as some other information is down here in the footer. In addition to adding information about your child theme, I also like to add a copyright notice with the current year and a link back to this site. That's not strictly necessary, but it's a good idea to just remind people that when they see things online someone actually owns to copyright to that content. So let's start by adding the copyright notice. I'll go to my child theme, open footer.php, and find where I want to put this information.

I'm going to put it after this action call here, and I'll start with a copyright notice. I wanted to say Copyright and then I want to put in that copyright symbol, the circle with the C inside it and then I want to put in the year. Here I'm going to use a PHP function to call up the year. I'll say echo date, capitalized Y. This will print out the current year and then I want to put in a link to the current site. So I'll say a href= and then I'm going to use a WordPress function that will return the URL to the main site's homepage.

So I'll say php echo and the function is called home_url and because it's a link I need to give it a title. The title should be the name of the site, so here I'm going to use another function from WordPress, this one called bloginfo ('name') and this will simply print out the name of the site as you've said it inside WordPress. And then I'm going to copy this, end my tag and paste it in again because I wanted the actual text of the link to say the name of the site.

And then I will end my anchor tag and put a punctuation mark at the end. I'm going to save this and test it in my browser just to say that everything works, and now we can see it says Copyright with a copyright symbol, Twenty Twelve Red 30 Blog. That's great. Now I need to add the information about the parent theme and the child theme. Back in footer.php, I'll say Twenty Twelve child theme by Morten Rand-Hendriksen.

And then I want to wrap Twenty Twelve in an anchor so that people can go and check out Twenty Twelve, a href= and then I made the URL to Twenty Twelve and I have it up here, this points directly to Twenty Twelve in the themes directory. So I'll copy that URL, paste it in, title="Twenty Twelve" and I'll also set a target so that it opens in a separate window, blank and then I'll end my anchor on the other end of Twenty Twelve.

I will save it again, reload my site, and now you see it says Copyright 2012, Red 30 Blog, and here there is a link to Twenty Twelve that says Twenty Twelve child theme by Morten Rand-Hendriksen, Proudly powered by WordPress. If I click Twenty Twelve, opens a new window and here's Twenty Twelve. With a favicon, a screen shot, and a custom footer, your child theme is complete. Congratulations.

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WordPress 3: Building Child Themes

45 video lessons · 33462 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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