WordPress Stuff

Portfolio of stuff and just figuring things out

I’m trying to figure out the best way to present a plethora of stuff. I’ve got so many clippings… all from print. This means I’m either going to be spending a lot of time scanning stuff in or typing things out. I would love to be able to store all this stuff – half my life, really, of articles, stories, record reviews, tidbits and blurbs – in some kind of digital format.

I’ll be looking at document management plugins or maybe directory listing plugins or maybe there’s even a clippings plugin. Hmm.

If you have any thoughts or ideas or suggestions, leave them below. This will be my next project – to hunt, conquer and implement. Sure is a far cry from hunt, gather and eat when we were all cave people.

Random picture.

Me with funny hat

Regarding all those free WordPress theme sites

WordPress logoAs a human that builds WordPress sites for various other humans, I’m always running up against free themes that are loaded with malicious code. So, alas, thank goodness I found this post from at WPMU.org on “Why You Should Never Search for Free WordPress Themes.” Even though the post is dated 2011, it is still a valid read that teaches you how to look for malicious code. At the end of the article, there’s a list of some sites that offer free themes. Let’s look at those sites in 2013:

ThemeShaper – This site was put together by a group of people who actually worked for Automattic developing themes for WordPress.com (Automattic is the parent “company” that created WordPress ala Matt Mullenweg). They offer a theme tutorial to help you create your own in 16 lessons starting from scratch! So, why download a freebie when you can create your own? They do offer a free theme – the _s theme, and a link to get Themmatic, a free WordPress framework, too.

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Removing the credits in the Twenty Eleven footer

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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Twenty Eleven plugins that can help with customization

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.

Options offered:

  • 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.


Creating a Twenty Eleven child theme

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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New site, lots to build

I’ve been attacked by jerks who have placed phishing files on my site. After a major cleanup (deleting directories, getting rid of old files and sites that are no longer around, etc.) I decided to redo my own site.

Ah, actually, dumb me forgot to backup the database for my previous site – that’s the real reason for the redo… I accidentally wiped it out along with the other databases I had built (for practice, learning and otherwise).

So……… what a pain.

I had built a beautiful site for a client using the Twenty Eleven framework using a child theme, so I thought I’d try it with my own. I customized the template for them quite a bit and built it off of the provided artwork. That site is not live, yet. But in the meantime, I will post information about the customizations that I did as posts here.