March 24, 2017 — Great topic for developers of various levels. I walk through a case study and decision tree for building a theme framework and leveraging Child Themes and Grandchild Themes to build quality websites that can continue to be upgraded without affecting design or operability.
December 2, 2016 — In this presentation, presented in English (avec des sous-titres français au bas de l’écran) I will explain what child themes are and why they should be used. I will then show how to create a child theme using both a plugin as well as manually creating a new directory and putting in a custom style.css and functions.php file. I will then show how changes to a child theme’s CSS overrides the parent theme’s styles when they apply to the same target element, whereas items added to functions.php run in addition to everything in the parent theme’s functions.php. I will also show how to use Inspect Element in a browser to find what style is currently assigned to an element. Throughout the slides, a single child theme of Twenty Sixteen will be created, resulting in a completely custom child theme that is well documented with explanations written in comments about what the code is doing and what line in the parent theme’s style.css it is overriding for reference.
December 2, 2016 — We always tell the people in the support forums they should use a child theme to make customisations. So many talks are introductions to create child themes. But what if you have a child theme and the parent theme got an update? How do you keep track of your changes?
A talk for people who don’t want to be beginner any longer and need to be intermediates. Including a plugin solution.
November 9, 2016 — In this session, Caleb shows how to create child themes and when they should be used. He also goes over the template hierarchy and how WordPress magically works behind the scenes when choosing a page template.
October 6, 2016 — Stefan zeigt beim WordPress Meetup Würzburg ein wenig die Möglichkeiten auch ohne Programmierkentnisse das Aussehen der Webseite zu verändern. Die Angesprochenen Themen sind: Theme Customizer, Templating, Custom CSS und Child Themes.
February 18, 2016 — A walk- through of building a grandchild theme for a Genesis child theme. But surprise, it’s a trick! We’ll really be writing a plugin to add the functionality and design to a child theme that keeps child theme changes safe. And if you hate the changes, simply deactivate. This talk might be a gateway to plugin writing.
December 17, 2015 — If you’ve ever wanted to customize a theme, you’ve probably been tempted to go change the theme’s code directly. But, as Admiral Ackbar once said, “It’s a trap!” Come learn this web developer’s one weird trick to customizing your themes properly with Child Themes and see why cowboy coders hate him!
October 7, 2015 — In customizing WordPress, most people look first for a splendiferous and fancy theme. There are thousands of options, so we can usually find something that gets us 80-90% of the way there. But heavens to Betsy, that last 10-20% can be hard to find! That’s why it’s good to learn how to make a child theme, which lets you keep almost everything while adding to or removing from your original theme safely. Most of this talk with cover the creation and use of child themes. This is an absolutely essential (and pretty easy to learn) skill for any WordPress designer.