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Hello, just an introduction......you have a new fan :)

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  • Started 8 years ago by David
  • Latest reply from em hr
  • This topic is not a support question
  1. Hello,I am David. Sorry if this is in the wrong place but i had to post an introduction someplace considering that i am using this theme now and will be asking questions, eventually. Please move this if you have to.....

    I am totally new to WP, as of a month ago. I can code a bit in HTML and CSS but am by no means experienced enough to do any serious looking page on my own other than what you might have seen in the middle 90's. Hence my use of WP. I have built, hacked, copied, tweaked, maintained my own site though so i do know a few things.

    I mostly download free, valid, css and html templates and hacked them to suit my needs, as i have always done in the past. More like a find and replace effort along with adding code snippets here and there to change the look of the page rather than build my own from scratch. I use their framework and coding but add everything else myself. In my HTML 4.0 class, circa 1997, the act of "stealing" pages was actively promoted since all you had to do was to look at the source code and copy it. I have learned lots doing that such as using classes for multiple items instead of changing the ID names by adding a letter ect. I did whatever needed to be done to keep the pages valid even if it meant learning something or using google to learn about a tag as long as the page validated in the end.

    Which brings me to WP Themes. This has been so far THE ONLY theme that will validate right out of the box so i am thankful for that and am now using it. I have tried, graphene, suffusion, atahualpa, 2010, 2010 weaver, codium, constructor, platform and countless others that i have installed as well as deleted since none of them were valid.

    I will read the forum about how to change stuff rather than asking the same old questions that probably have been asked before.

    So, thank you Ian & Chris for your work on this free theme.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  2. Hi David... Welcome to the boards.

    some helpful resources for a new thematician:

    a tutorial on child themes
    http://www.catswhocode.com/blog/wordpress-how-to-easily-create-a-thematic-child-theme

    there are lots of decent code snippets available on blogs and especially on this forum if you dig for them. use the search, but since i dont think it is especially strong, use the google search technique too before posting:

    inurl:themeshaper.com/forums

    the thematic guide. a little outdating, but still good for understanding hooks and filters:
    http://themeshaper.com/thematic/guide/

    thematic hook structure
    http://www.bluemandala.com/thematic/thematic-structure.html

    the amazing Child Options theme from Devin, which is the perfect starting point for all your child theming endeavors.
    http://wptheming.com/2010/11/thematic-options-panel-v2/

    totallllly essential for all your CSS questions:
    http://www.getfirebug.com

    i also dig around all the time in the Extensions folder of thematic. while you should never modify it directly, all the bones are there and when you need to change something in your child theme you look up in there what function you need to access.

    and one piece of unsolicited advice... when you come back to the forum w/ questions, try to be as specific as possible- provide a live link, describe what you are attempting and what is happening instead. This helps the forum help you!

    good luck.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  3. Thanks helga for those links.

    I am using the built in child theme since i have been convinced by Ian's writings that this is the safest way to go. My site is static and will not change at all once it is in place. Once i figure out all that needs to be done to get the "look" i want that will be that for a while and i can get back to studying.

    The main reasons i chose this theme is that i liked the color scheme and that it is valid just like my own site.

    I am using http://it-bytes-me.com/test/ as a test bed for http://it-bytes-me.com/#home which is my main site. I hacked and slashed my way through that one.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  4. totally OT, but I saw your post about linux mint and agree it is a great distro! currently have a dual boot system w/ windows and ubuntu, and ubuntu saved my butt the other day when Windows got struck down. if i could figure out how to get photoshop on linux i'd probably ditch Windows altogether

    Posted 8 years ago #
  5. http://wiki.winehq.org/AdobePhotoshop

    I do not know what version you are running but lots of winblows stuff works in linux. Try it. The worst that could happen is that it does not run........

    Posted 8 years ago #
  6. have tried wine before w/ no luck. but perhaps i will try it again as someone may have figured out CS4 by now.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  7. oakview
    Member

    I know you must have seen it by now, but have you all tried GIMP? It's not Photoshop, but pretty darn close, and getting better with each release. Once I got proficient with GIMP, I ditched Windows.... 4 years ago!

    Posted 8 years ago #
  8. Hi David,

    Welcome. It's good to have you here.

    -Gene

    Posted 8 years ago #

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