WordPress 3: Building Child Themes

with Morten Rand-Hendriksen
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WordPress 3: Building Child Themes
Video duration: 0s 3h 11m Intermediate Updated Nov 27, 2012


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.

Topics include:
  • Picking a parent theme
  • Creating and activating a basic WordPress child theme
  • Using the developer tools
  • Changing the header image size
  • Using conditional statements for customized effects
  • Adding custom menus to the child theme and/or a template
  • Changing the default footer content
  • Adding featured images to posts
  • Changing the display of meta content (such as date, author, category, etc.)
  • Excluding categories from the front page with custom queries
  • Including functions from external files
  • Identifying and fixing common mistakes


- Hi, I'm Morten Rand-Hendriksen and this is WordPress: Building Child Themes. In this course I'll show you how to build child themes based on existing themes in Wordpress. I'll start by showing you how to use free tools available on the web for all platforms, to set up a solid web development environment. We'll change the look and feel of the site using custom styles in the child theme's style sheet. I'll should you how to hook into and augment the behavior of functions that shift with the parent theme.

We'll add new functionality to the site but taking existing code and changing it to fit our needs. And finally, we'll put it all together to create a new and improved user experience on the front page. I've stocked this course full of tips, tricks, and code examples to make it easy for you to create child themes based on existing Wordpress themes and adding new functionality and new style to your own site. So let's get crackin' with WordPress: Building Child Themes.

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