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Making sure you have the Twenty Twelve parent theme

From: WordPress 3: Building Child Themes

Video: Making sure you have the Twenty Twelve parent theme

Before we get started, you have to make sure you have the Twenty Twelve theme installed in your WordPress installation. Yes, Twenty Twelve is a default theme in WordPress, but if you're running in old installation or you've uninstalled a theme for some reason, or for some other reason you don't have Twenty Twelve installed, you need to install it before we can continue. Twenty Twelve is available through the Themes directory. You can see the page for it here, and you can see a preview of the theme if you want and you can read support requests for it and you can see the rating.

Making sure you have the Twenty Twelve parent theme

Before we get started, you have to make sure you have the Twenty Twelve theme installed in your WordPress installation. Yes, Twenty Twelve is a default theme in WordPress, but if you're running in old installation or you've uninstalled a theme for some reason, or for some other reason you don't have Twenty Twelve installed, you need to install it before we can continue. Twenty Twelve is available through the Themes directory. You can see the page for it here, and you can see a preview of the theme if you want and you can read support requests for it and you can see the rating.

If you want to find out if you have Twenty Twelve installed in your WordPress installation, you need to go to your WordPress site, this is the one I have running on my computer, and I am already logged in, so I'll go into the Dashboard and I'll go down to Appearance and Themes, and from here I can see what themes I already have installed. As you can see, I have the Twenty Eleven theme, which is active, and I also have the Twenty Ten theme. If you have the Twenty Twelve theme as well, you'll see it either down here under Available Themes or you'll see it activated at the top here, but I don't, so I need to install it.

The easiest way to install a new theme is to simply go to Install Themes, search for the Theme Name, find it in the Theme Directory here, see it's right here, and click Install Now. This will pull the theme directly from the WordPress theme directory into my WordPress installation and install it. Now all that's left is for me to activate the new theme, you can see that Twenty Twelve is now my active theme on my site, and if I go to the front page, you can now see Twenty Twelve the way it looks out of the box.

As the name suggests, a child theme requires a parent theme and that parent theme has to be installed for the child theme to work. Now that you have the Twenty Twelve theme installed in WordPress, it's time to get started.

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WordPress 3: Building Child Themes

45 video lessons · 32523 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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