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…

WordCamp Victoria Presentation: 10 Theme Hacks to Improve Your Site

Above is the slide deck for my WordCamp Victoria presentation entitled “10 WordPress Theme Hacks to Improve Your Site”. Unlike my regular presentation this one is entirely slides based which means if you just read the slides, you’ll get the gist of it. Below are all my code examples along with links to further information,…

Typograph – new WordPress Theme

I’ve closed the comments for this thread to consolidate all comments for the different versions of the Typograph theme in one place. Please leave all your comments at the Typograph page which can be found by clicking here. I’ve been planning to launch a proper free WordPress theme for some time now but there have…

WordPress as CMS – The Project

I’ve been talking about this for a while now and it’s time I got a little more specific. It is my contention that with some small tweaks, WordPress can be used as an excellent Content Management System (CMS) and used to serve small-scale business websites. This isn’t something revolutionary – a simple Google search on…