Remember – do not make changes to the Twenty Eleven theme files. Only make changes to files for your child theme.
That said, to remove the credits in the footer you’ll need to place a copy of the footer.php file located in the main Twenty Eleven theme folder into your child theme folder using ftp or your file manager. (I rarely edit files inside of WordPress just in case…).
Once you’ve copied over the footer.php file, open the one in your child theme folder in an editor.
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There are a couple of recommended plugins for Twenty Eleven that can take the headache out of figuring out some of the coding. Especially when it comes to resizing headers or moving the navigation bar to the top of the site.
Search for the following plugins in which you can either install them from the backend of your site or manually through ftp.
Twenty Eleven Theme Extensions
Once you install this plugin, you will find it under Appearance.
Each option offers a help box, so if you want to know what the choices do simply click the question mark.
- Widget Sidebar
- Widget Titles
- Headline Post
- Header Image Size
- Custom Colors
- Custom CSS
Upper Menu for Twenty Eleven
This plugin will basically set your navigation up above the header image and round the corners. There’s no setting for it, just once you activate it the job is done. If you don’t like it, deactivate the plugin.
Of course, if you’re good with code and CSS you can always try to restyle the way these things look, but I leave that up to you.
I will try to keep up with documenting the changes I make to Twenty Eleven by using a child theme to do so. If you’d like to learn how to make a child theme, follow along. Or visit WordPress Codex here.
A note about why you’re doing this – Twenty Eleven is a framework that you can build off of with your own themes. But instead of messing with the original files, you create your own. Most of Twenty Eleven’s files will be read by your child theme. All you want to be able to do is style it and customize it to what you like.
What you’ll need:
ftp access OR
access to the file manager on your hosting area. These instructions are for a self-hosted blog through a hosting company such as Host Gator or TMDHosting, etc. You can use either ftp or the file manager on your hosting account to do this.
You’ll need to navigate to your wp-content/themes folder.
Inside the themes folder, create a new folder and give it the name of your child theme. I shall call mine squishy (don’t you just love “Finding Nemo?”). Hence, I made a folder called squishy.
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