How to add a Child Theme

To add functionality to your themes, you can additionally elect to install child themes to add functionality and enhance appearance. To do this go to Dashboard Appearance and select Manages Themes, Install Child Themes. Choose from the available child themes to install. For the purpose of this demonstration I selected The 2011 Child Theme since my Theme is 2011.2011 Child Theme Installed

To customize the child theme and view the changes, go to Appearance, Theme Customize and view from all the available customizable options:

child theme changes

You can now change:

  1. the Site Title and Tagline
  2. Colors
  3. Layout
  4. Header Image
  5. Navigation
  6. and Static Front Page

Color is the easiest to see. My text now appears in blue, instead of black

Colors Changed

Perhaps one of the more useful features is that you can add a static front page to your site.I found this most useful as the first thing I did on my site was to post a sticky note so that people would see a familiar welcome notice everytime they land on my site as they would expect to on a static web site. It is very disconcerting for non bloggers visiting a dynamic site to see the non-recursive posts listed. This maybe fine for bloggers, but it disorients ordinary web traffic. They aren’t sure if they are on your page or not, esp if you have guest bloggers or are a MAB (multiple Author Blog). Here is where you set that:

static front page


This editing of the child theme can now also be done with the code editor once the child theme is enabled. Go to Dashboard, Appearance Editor to Edit Themes.

The current child theme font is Times Roman it can be edited manually by changing the font name. For example: Change Times Roman to Arial.

See Before Example:Before Times Roman

See After Example:After Arial

Here is the difference:Child Theme Edit Comparison

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About Michael T Reidy

I am a student in the Web Development Associates of Applied Technology degree program at Clark College, Vancouver, WA. Our instructor is Lorelle VanFossen who was a senior editor of the WordPress codex. I have been working with computers for over 25 years. My first computer job was managing electronic data processing (EDP) for the US Department of Commerce as the Assistant Manager for Electronic Data Processing (AMEDP) in the Tulsa Regional Office of the 1990 Decennial Census. The computer was a midrange DEC VAX/VMS. Soon after, PC Networks became popular and I became a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE+I) and Trainer (MCT). I was recruited by IBM Sales as a Field Technical Support Specialist to launch their new PC Server brand. A few years later, I was invited to join IBM Global Services as a Team Lead Professional Server Expert (PSE) and Global IT Architect for Systems and Storage. I was both a contributing member and review board architect of IBM Global Services Reference Architecture. As Lead Architect for Integrated Storage Management Services (ISMS), I was the sole author of the IBM Global Services (GS) Method for Lean Storage Services: ISMS. When IBM Global Services offshored to India in the financial crises of 2007, I relocated to Vancouver, WA. For the past six years, I have worked independently as an Audio/Video Producer and Web Manager. In my personal life, I am the Minister of the St Clare Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order in Portland, OR and a Regional Councilor for Troubadours of Peace (ToP) Region in the Pacific Northwest states of OR, WA, AK, ID. I am responsible for Communications Technology development for ToP Region. I served the National Franciscan Order – USA (NAFRA) as a Q Committee member (AV Producer) for the NAFRA Quinquennial XVIII in Chicago, 2012. I twice received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for National Engineers Week: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. I chaired the efforts of IBM, in conjunction with Intel, to promote minority recruitment in engineering through such programs as: Hermanas: Diseña Tu Futuro (Design Your Future). I was also an elementary and secondary classroom advocate for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). I currently volunteer as a Spiritual Care Volunteer for Legacy Hospital, Salmon Creek and as a Hospice Volunteer for the Veterans Administration in Vancouver, WA.

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