Do you want to run a music or podcast site? Maybe you’ve already tried and have run into some problems. Or maybe you are just looking for some pointers to help your site out. I’ve run a series of posts on my personal site, Rev. Voodoo’s Blog, for nearly 5 years now. I have hundreds of DJ mixes over there and I’ve stumbled and reconfigured many times. This post won’t be a step by step tutorial, it might not even end up being very linear. I just figured I could brain dump a variety of things I have come across and maybe some of my learnings will be useful to you! Let’s dive in!
We’ve already had several posts up on VoodooPress involving child themes. And I often provide guidance on using child themes. But sometimes it’s hard to get started out. Well, here we have a nice, basic child theme to get you started! This theme doesn’t do anything but get you started out. It’s just a style.css and functions.php file with no modifications made. You can download it and install it – that way you can hit the ground running and start your own modifications! If you have any questions about using this, or making your own tweaks – feel free to ask!
Voodoo Child 2012 theme download
NOTE: My adsense account has been deactivated. And the fine folks at Google simply don’t bother explaining why they deactivate accounts – they just do it. If I ever find out why I will forward that info on. For now, I would recommend you do not use the guide I have below – in case that is the problem.
Over the past two days, I’ve put up a couple articles relating to widgetizing the twenty twelve header and guidance for adding multiple items up there while accounting for 2012′s responsive nature. I wanted to finish up today by showing my solution for running Google Adsense ads to the header while still maintaining the responsive nature of the theme as best we can, let’s dig in!
A reader dropped me a comment yesterday wondering how we style the widget areas here on VoodooPress. I’m always happy to answer questions whenever I can, so we will take a look at what I do here, give a little bit of code, and even touch on other things you could do to spruce up your widget area. Let’s dive right in!
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!
I’ve been Googlin my butt off… now that I’ve made the Twenty Twelve theme 1100px wide, I’d love to adjust the width of the header image. I’m just not sure how to override the args of the parent theme from a child theme…. just the width really, any ideas?
I’ve been a bit torn lately. When VoodooPress launched, WordPress was using the Twenty Ten theme. We made it the goal to always be using the newest WordPress theme. When WordPress launched with Twenty Eleven, we switched over. But this time, Twenty Twelve came out mid-cycle – it didn’t release with a WordPress version. Well, I finally decided to pull the trigger! What we have right now is bare bones Twenty Twelve. I’m about to make a child theme, and will spend the next few weeks slowly customizing the theme. I’ll post anything I figure out as we move along. I definitely plan to make the theme wider, style the widgets, tweak the header, and maybe even get my footer widgets back. Time to play!
I’ve been trying to work through some issues after getting a comment on one of my fonts articles. It seems some people have been experiencing some problems getting Google Fonts to work on their child theme. So I was messing around with mine, and I experienced the same unpredictability. After messing around with things, I got mine straightened out, maybe this will help you!
So here’s something that I think is totally lacking in WordPress theme that are available. Quality, WIDE themes! Apparently full-width template doesn’t mean to others what it does to me. I’ve been testing a variety of theme on my blog, and I have found a lot of quality stuff to be certain. I plan to keep switching things up now that I’ve made it so easy on myself with my plugin. I literally have every customization I want in there, I just have to install a new theme, figure out what templates do what, make a child theme, and drop in a few custom template tags and I’m good. Less than half an hour of work… BUT, here is what I want!!
I’ve been working on an overhaul of my personal blog for a while now. My old theme was pretty bloated, and way more than I needed since I offloaded everything away. The site used to have everything on it, but I moved all my WordPress posts to VoodooPress, and all my Voodoo Empire specific stuff to its own site. My blog doesn’t need all the features it had, and it was slowing things down. I haven’t had time to finish my custom theme, so in the meantime I decided to play around with some available themes, starting with Fanwood from DevPress. I have all of my custom stuff that used to be in the theme living in its own functionality plugin now. So I can activate any new theme, and within 20 minutes, have all my custom stuff in place. But the one problem I ran into – FanWood is a complex theme, not always using the standard WordPress templates I would expect – single.php for instance. Well, what’s an easy way to know what template is being loaded at all times? I’ve got the answer for ya!