November 2015 Archive

Day 23

November 11, 2015

  • Restaurant Site critique
  • Introduce WordPress Child Theme
  • WordPress setup
    • Go to your DreamHost Web Panel
    • Choose Goodies > One-Click Installs (upper left)
    • Choose WordPress
      • Install to: Choose domain, type in name of new folder
      • Automatically create database
      • Deluxe Install checked
      • Click Install it for me now
    • Wait for email, then follow instructions for setting up an admin user (don’t use admin as username)
    • Log in
  • Setting up a child theme
    • Download parent theme – just type in underscores and click Generate
    • Using Coda, place it in wordpressfolder/wp-content/themes
    • Create a new folder in wp-content/themes with style.css, reset.css, and functions.php files inside of it
    • Add code below as well as usual reset.css code
    • Activate your child theme in Appearance > Themes
  • WordPress basics
    • How themes work
      • You will be editing your code directly on the server for this project – make sure to back up your files periodically
    • User settings
      • Disable visual editor
      • Set display name
    • Site settings
    • Where content goes
      • Site title
      • Pages and posts
      • Menus
        • Create menu
        • Set theme location as “Primary Menu”
      • Sidebars
    • Jetpack plugin / accounts

Child Theme – style.css (plain text here)

Includes code to remove mobile menu.

 Theme Name:   My Child Theme
 Author:       Your Name
 Template:     underscores

@import url("reset.css");

.menu-toggle {
    display: none;
.main-navigation ul {
    display: block;

Child Theme – functions.php (plain text here)


add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'theme_enqueue_styles' );
function theme_enqueue_styles() {
    wp_enqueue_style( 'parent-style', get_template_directory_uri() . '/style.css' );


Day 21

November 4, 2015


Sorry to be missing class today; I’m attending a funeral out of town. Please continue work on your Restaurant Site—the deadline for the project will remain next Wednesday at noon.

By the end of class, please email me with an update as to your progress, including a link to your site as it stands and any questions you may have. Failure to do so will result in a 2 point penalty on the Restaurant Site.

See you Monday,