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Create a child theme based on an existing parent theme in WordPress and change the functionality, presentation, or styling of your website. In this course, author Morten Rand-Hendriksen shows how to use the default WordPress theme, Twenty Twelve, as a basis for a new child theme and add custom menus; new headers, sidebars, and footers; and index pages with widgets and pagination to your site. The course also demonstrates how to add a responsive welcome message to your front page using PHP and jQuery, and how to edit the many templates found in a WordPress theme. Morten explains how to perform these changes using any code editor, the developer tools in the Chrome browser, and WordPress.
If you have been following this course from the very beginning, you should now have a pretty good idea of how you can use a child theme to change the styles of your site and also change functionality of your site. Now we are going to take what we have learned and change the overall site to make it easier for the visitors to understand and use. You may have noticed that when you use a WordPress theme you generally have one of two options on the front page: you either have the index, which shows the latest posts, or you have a front page template that shows some sort of welcome message, maybe a video, and some widgets or other stuff.
None of these are really good front page for people who are just starting out and just came to your site, because if you have the index, all you see is new content and if you have the static front page, you have a static front page with no new content. What I want to do is combine the two so you get a welcome message at the top, maybe with an image or a video, and then you get the index underneath. The reason why I want to do this is because I want to give the people who visit the site a great experience and that's one of the reasons why you want to build a website to begin with, to give people a great experience.
And using a child theme, we can now take everything we learned, put it together, and then make a new experience on the front page that works really well, both for you and for your visitors.
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