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I need help :(

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  • Started 11 years ago by Boo
  • Latest reply from marti garaughty
  • This topic is resolved
  1. I feel like such a loser here. I am just, lost. I'm all over every forum possible to try and figure this out and I don't think I am moving along. Please just remember that the terms css and php and html are all very new terms to me and it's a bit confusing for a beginner.

    Anyway, Deep breath.

    I am trying very hard to make a child theme. I'm on the instruction page for it as I type this.

    I am using Cute FTP, and I'm new to it but getting there somehow.

    I've made my new folder and called it something unique.

    Then, I am not sure this is what you meant by making the style.css file but I copied and pasted your code in to notepad, saved it as style.css and imported it in to my unique folder.

    So now I have this...

    /public_html/wp-content/themes/Boo B Kitty

    Was that right???

    If it was then I am stuck at the importing the style sheet from the parent theme. I am not really sure how to do that. What do I do with this (@import url('../thematic/style.css');) if anything?? Where do I put it? I tried to put it in to CuteFTP but it told me the folder or path was unknown so I must have done it wrong.

    Please can someone help me through this sort of step by step? Like once I get one thing done, can I come back and ask if I still need help. I seriously feel so useless. I've come from blogger where everything is done for you so this is actually quite hard for me.

    Posted 11 years ago #
  2. Think of your FTP client as a window opener. Once it gets that window open to your server you don't really have to think about it. So let's forget about it.

    Let's also forget about PHP for now.

    /wp-content/themes/Boo B Kitty should probably be /boobkitty.

    Or, er, maybe /boo_b_kitty.

    @import is a CSS declaration. It goes in your stylesheet.

    Don't despair. Google around for some CSS tutorials. That's all you really need to look at. CSS isn't a programming language and it's actually kind of fun to work with.

    Posted 11 years ago #
  3. Thank you Ian for your help. I will take the time and look through some tutorials. I also had Cristi from here come over to the site and give me a few more suggestion's on what I could do in the mean time, which I REALLY appreciate.

    Your site certainly has been a light at the end of the tunnel (it seems, a very long tunnel) and I thank you for your time.


    Posted 11 years ago #
  4. @Boo... check out for a nice, easy intro to CSS. Also when editing CSS files, if you're new it's best to make one change at a time, preview your theme so you can see how it looks and then go on to the next edit. If you change too many things at once it will be difficult to tell what is causing a particular effect or problem you might have.

    This might help get you started, check out my reply to another question about Thematic at

    The same concept of keeping things simple from the beginning of your theme design is a good habit to get into, not just for the logic of the theme's design but also as an easy way to find and fix problems that are bound to happen along the way.

    Posted 11 years ago #

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