The Camarillo Library is reaching out to the community to let us use some of the resources there. This includes some computers and some licences to view the Lynda.com courses.
I've selected a course I thought was good. I haven't been all the way through it as I don't have a licence myself. This is the first time through for us so it might be a bit rough as we see how this will work out. If things go well we may try and do this again. Please leave feedback.
WordPress 3: Building Child Themes
Create a child theme based on an existing parent theme in WordPress and change the functionality, presentation, or styling of your website. In this course, author Morten Rand-Hendriksen shows how to use the default WordPress theme, Twenty Twelve, as a basis for a new child theme and add custom menus; new headers, sidebars, and footers; and index pages with widgets and pagination to your site. The course also demonstrates how to add a responsive welcome message to your front page using PHP and jQuery, and how to edit the many templates found in a WordPress theme. Morten explains how to perform these changes using any code editor, the developer tools in the Chrome browser, and WordPress.Topics include:
- Picking a parent theme
- Creating and activating a basic WordPress child theme
- Using the developer tools
- Changing the header image size
- Using conditional statements for customized effects
- Adding custom menus to the child theme and/or a template
- Changing the default footer content
- Adding featured images to posts
- Changing the display of meta content (such as date, author, category, etc.)
- Excluding categories from the front page with custom queries
- Including functions from external files
- Identifying and fixing common mistakes
Bring a set of headphones to listen to the course. I think they sell them at the library for a buck or two if you don't bring them.
Please bring a laptop with appropriate software to use to edit files on your site if you wish to do so.