Simone 2.0: Custom backgrounds, sidebar position, RTL support, and more

After much ado Simone 2.0 is now live in the WordPress Theme Directory. The theme is cresting 50,000 downloads already and for the new version I decided to bake in some of the most requested new features. Custom Background One of the standard WordPress theme features that were not available in the original version of…

Challenges with the new method for inheriting parent styles in WordPress child themes

The new recommended code for inheriting parent theme styles in WordPress child themes have uncovered several issues with the concept of child themes. What follows is a rundown of how things work, what problems are caused by the status quo, and finally some proposed solutions.

Q&A: Child theme bloat and when to build a new theme

I got these questions from a lynda.com viewer earlier today. They are fairly common so here are the questions and my answers. Keep in mind that everyone who works with WordPress or on the web in general has strong preferences one way or the other, so if you disagree with anything I say, leave it in…

A bugfix for WordPress 3: Building Child Themes on lynda.com

With the update of WordPress to version 3.4 came some important feature improvements that changed the way certain key components work. This includes how the header image and background functionality is implemented. This in turn means the old methods of making changes to these elements suddenly don’t work any more. The Issue This change has…

WordPress 3: Building Child Themes – new course at Lynda.com

Child Themes are by far the easiest way of creating a new look and introduce new functionality to a WordPress powered site. By creating a WordPress child theme you get all the benefits of the parent theme while gaining the ability to create custom styles, custom layouts and custom functions just for you. In May…