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WordPress child theme basics

by Drew Strojny on January 15, 2014 / 12 comments

Similar looking logs representing the duplicate nature of a WordPress child theme.

If you customize WordPress themes, you should understand the basic concept of a WordPress child theme. Unfortunately, child themes can be confusing if you don’t have much experience with them. It’s important you understand what a child theme is and how it works alongside a normal WordPress theme. Why is it so important? Not using a child theme for customizations could really come back to haunt you later.

We did briefly introduce the WordPress child theme concept while learning how to customize a WordPress theme, but we didn’t fully explore it. In this post we’ll do just that, and then we’ll show you how to use a child theme.

What are child themes?

Imagine you have a painting on your wall. You really love the painting, but there is one thing that you just can’t stand. The moon is orange. The moon should be white, right? Every time you look at it, it drives you crazy.

You decide you’re going to fix the painting. You get out your brushes, buy the best white paint, and sit down to do your work. As you stare at the painting, you can’t help but think “I hope I don’t screw this up”.

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Uncovering the best WordPress themes (free or paid)

by Drew Strojny on January 7, 2014 / 12 comments

A girl searching for the best

Finding a theme can be intimidating. With so many choices, how do you uncover the best WordPress themes?

We’ve been working with WordPress themes since 2008 here at The Theme Foundry, so we’ve got some relevant industry knowledge and plenty of experience. Let’s talk about where to look for WordPress themes, and how to find the best themes when you get there.

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How to be more productive

by Drew Strojny on January 3, 2014 / 8 comments

Girl sitting in a cafe trying to be productive

For the past month I’ve been learning how to be more productive. It’s amazing how unproductive I can be with readily available distractions. First, I broke down the core things I do online (mostly related to work and the internet) into three broad categories based on what I was actually doing.

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Why you should use a WordPress starter theme

by Drew Strojny on December 20, 2013 / 16 comments

The Underscores WordPress starter theme banner.

Imagine you’re looking to build a brand new car from scratch. Sounds pretty intimidating right? Now imagine that one of the best car companies in the world is giving you a free “starter” car. They’ve built the car using years of practice and experience. It’s a fully functioning car, it just doesn’t have any design or colors applied to it. You need to paint it and make some configuration choices.

A WordPress starter theme is exactly like that car. It’s a fully functional WordPress theme that just needs to be styled and configured. When I began designing our first WordPress templates way back in 2008 there wasn’t much to help in the early stages of the process. You usually just started from scratch or converted some HTML to WordPress. That’s all changed with the advent of WordPress starter themes.

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Changing WordPress themes

by Drew Strojny on December 11, 2013 / 11 comments

A picture of some tools representing changing WordPress themes.

You found a new WordPress theme. It looks perfect for your blog, but you’re really nervous about changing your theme. What if something breaks? Will you lose any content? I’ll walk you through what you should be nervous about, and what you shouldn’t.

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Backbone.js and Collections: Routers

by Zack Tollman on November 26, 2013 / 6 comments

The biggest challenge with building a Backbone.js powered theme for WordPress was handling routing. This post will explore those struggles and outline the solution used in Collections.

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