You can quickly create a WordPress child theme by creating a new theme directory and adding two files: style.css and functions.php.
Genesis Child Theme Load style.css with Version Number
How to get your Genesis Child Theme to load style.css with a cache busting ver URL parameter based on the version defined in the header of style.css.
By default the Wordpress Genesis theme framework loads the jQuery Superfish Menu Plugin to help the menu display properly. If you’re displaying your menu in a way that doesn’t need Superfish, you can remove it with the following code.
Featured Image Label for WordPress
I often find it helpful to add a label to the Featured Image area in the WordPress admin. By guiding clients to upload the appropriate sized image, it lets me avoid them being surprised by WordPress cropping their image in an unexpected way.
functions.php vs plugin vs mu-plugin for WordPress
It is common for articles on writing WordPress code to refer to adding the code to the functions.php file in the active theme. This is one location where code can be added but it isn’t always the best. Places to Add WordPress Code a new file in wp-content/mu-plugins a new plugin in wp-content/plugins the functions.php […]
Load Newest CSS in WordPress
When developing a WordPress theme, I often need to ensure I’m loading the latest version of the CSS file I’m working on. One way to do this is by appending a URL parameter (e.g. ?ver=123) that gets updated each time the file gets updated. Load Newest Assets Plugin Thanks to Corey Salzano for pointing out […]
WordPress Theme Path and URI
WordPress comes with some helper functions for finding a theme’s path and/or URI, which are tremendously useful but I always have to look them up. Therefore, I’m making note of them here so I know where to look them up: get_stylesheet_directory(), get_stylesheet_directory_uri(), get_template_directory(), get_template_directory_uri()
WordPress Development Overlay
When doing WordPress theme development I find it helpful to overlay an image of the approved design on top of the code I’m working on. I use a reduced opacity on the image so I can see the code I’m working on. This helps me match things like font size and spacing. I’ve been doing […]
Genesis Starter Theme
As a WordPress developer, when I’m building a WordPress theme my strong preference is to build on the Genesis Framework. I’ve written about Why the Genesis Framework is Great. Pre-Made Genesis Child Themes The Genesis Framework is a parent theme that needs a child theme to go with it (Genesis does the heavy lifting and […]