We just recently switched over to the new Twenty Twelve theme on VoodooPress, and it’s quite a nice theme! But one thing I saw immediately, it’s too narrow! I have been on a kick lately of trying to get all my sites to have nice, lightweight, clean themes. Twenty Twelve fits the bill. But it seems that everyone wants really narrow websites. A lot of folks have bigger monitors, I want to use some of that real estate. I’m not going to cover anything drastic here, but you can go as big or as small as you want with some careful planning. Note that, even though I’m showing how to make the theme wider, this will also work to make the theme narrower. Let’s dig in!
Here’s a quick request. Hopefully by now most of us know how to use WordPress custom menu creator. It works great, and alloows for any type of menu to be created. But let’s say you are using twentyeleven, and you are totally happy with it. And, you don’t feel like making a custom menu… you want to stick with the default fallback, wp_list_pages. The only thing that bugs you is that pesky home link…. here’s the answer!
I had a request from a reader here on VoodooPress to look into featured image sizes. Recently we had a series of posts on here about posting from the front end, and allowing users to upload their own picture. We even showed you how to set the user uploaded picture as a featured image. Let’s take a deeper look at using the featured images. Maybe assign different sizes to different templates. You don’t have to use this just for user uploaded photos of course. This information is useful for the featured image in general, whether you let users upload them, or you set them in the back end.
I’ve seena few people stumble on this site searching for a way to add a featured/thumbnail image size to their child theme. This is something I needed to do recently, so we will take a look at it. This is also in preparation for tomorrows article where we will add a thumbnail image to the post list page in the admin panel. If we don’t create a new image size, the default header image size gets used, that obviously looks terrible in the list of posts on the admin side. We need nice little thumbnails. Here’s how to do it:
In part of our ongoing series on modifying the twentyten theme we are going to look at the header. You may decide that it’s not quite right for you. Maybe you want to change the size, or add new custom default headers. Well you can do all of that quite easily from your child theme. I widened the theme to suit my taste, which is what lead my down this road. Don’t worry, soon we will cover how to widen the twentyten theme. But for now, let’s look at modifying the header, which leads us to our first look at WordPress’ action after_setup_theme.