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.
To customize the child theme and view the changes, go to Appearance, Theme Customize and view from all the available customizable options:
You can now change:
- the Site Title and Tagline
- Header Image
- and Static Front Page
Color is the easiest to see. My text now appears in blue, instead of black
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:
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.