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  1. I am new to theme customization and I just started editing the CSS files and not creating a child theme. I renamed the theme in the style.css file and uploaded everything and it did not work. Basically it looked the same as the normal thematic with only a slight change to the nav bar. Any help? thanks!

  2. Sarah

    ok dumb question… but i always feel like with wordpress and themes and templates the tutorials just assume you know what they are talking about, when in reality im clueless…

    ok the question: I downloaded thematic, activated it on wordpress… i dont see a folder named “thematic-sample-child-theme”. Where do I find this?? Is it in the .zip? or do I download this separate?

    then a follow up: once I do find it I dont understand what this means “Move the folder outside of the thematic folder, put it on the same level with the thematic folder in wp-content/themes.” I have no clue what folder you are referring to and what you mean by “level”.

  3. tony

    @sarah

    When you unzip the thematic theme you will see a folder called “thematic” this folder is them placed into the themes folder within the wordpress folder structure: [your wordpress folder]/wp-content/themes/.

    Within the ‘thematic’ folder is a folder called ‘thematicsamplechildtheme’, move/copy this folder up one level within the folder structure (ie into [your wordpress folder]/wp-content/themes/), so both ‘thematic’ and ‘thematicsamplechildtheme’ are in the same folder sat alongside all the other themes.

    Now when you login to WP as an Admin and click on the Themes section you will see two new themes added. You can them change the css by editing the style.css within the ‘thematicsamplechildtheme’.

    You will always edit your child themes and leave ‘thematic’ untouched. This way when ever ‘thematic’ is updated your child themes will automatically be updated without overwriting any changes you have made.

  4. sarah

    @tony

    thanks for the help. i realize there is a step that i am missing….

    i bought bluehost and transfered my domain over from godaddy…

    then i installed wordpress through bluehost and I added thematic through the WP admin panel…

    i think i needed to somehow put another step in there so I have access to the folders because as it stands now, i dont know how to get into the folders to create copy of the childtheme folder and start editing it.

    can you help advise on this?? :)

  5. tony

    @sarah

    It sounds as if you just need to get access via ftp, that way you can see the folder structure of your web site. On a mac just use something like the free ‘cyberduck’ and there will be plently of ftp programs for windows.

    see: http://codex.wordpress.org/FTP_Clients

  6. sarah

    @tony – thanks! i just finally got cyberduck and transferred over my folder… now comes the hard / fun part, editing the css!

    i am sure i will be back with some more questions, but thats so much for your help!


  7. @tony – Thanks Tony for stopping by to help out Sarah. That’s awfully nice of you :)

  8. tony

    no problem, I was just in the neighbourhood.


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