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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.
I know you're eager to get started, but before we jump in let me just briefly explain how this course is going to work, and what I expect from you before we start the course. Throughout the course, I'll be working with an example WordPress site on my local server. The example WordPress site has content from a fictitious design company. I want you to use your own assets and your own images and graphics and text, so that when you're done with the course you don't have to delete all the content to start over. You should populate a WordPress site with the standard content that you want to be on your WordPress site, and then work with that content, because that way you can change it and style it the way you want so that your WordPress site ends up looking the way you want at the end of the course.
Because this is a more advanced WordPress course, it's important that you understand how WordPress works first. If this is your first time working with WordPress, I suggest you go and take the WordPress Essential Training Course at the lynda.com online training library before you take this course. That way you'll have a clear understanding of how WordPress works, and you'll be able to move through the course more quickly. It's also a benefit if you familiarize yourself with the Twenty Twelve theme before we get started. The Twenty Twelve theme is the parent theme we'll be using throughout this course and it's important that you understand how that theme works first so that you're able to make the changes you need and you understand what I am doing as I am moving through the course.
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