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Responsive Theme Free Time Saving Tips

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Hello from Allan at MindVisionMedia.net and I hope this post finds you all well.

Responsive ThemeIf you are using the CyberChimps Responsive Theme free version, there are a few things you need to know that will save you a lot of headache. I get so many users rejected from the forums asking for really simple instruction on where to locate files and perform simple tasks such as changing a font or title size and many other changes that I thought I would write this quickly to help clear up some of the confusion and clarify a few things.

Many around the world are using earlier versions of this great theme and are not familiar with many of the changes that have taken place just in the last few weeks and months. This short post includes some valuable tips for old and new versions.

The 2 major changes that will affect users of older versions who update are,

1. The old home.php file is now called the front-page.php file

2. The style.css file is no longer visible in the dashboard under theme editor, it is now located and accessible on your server at the following path: wp-content>themes>responsive>core>css>style.css.

When it comes to modifying the theme there is more than one method and or option available to you as follows,

1. You can use the built-in custom css panel under Theme Options>CSS Styles to add css code snippets that will over-ride the themes parent style

2. You can set up a child theme and add those modified css codes to the child theme which will over-ride the parent css style

3. Or you can activate Jetpack in your WordPress dashboard and use the Custom CSS feature (can be used for any WordPress Theme modifications, not just the Responsive Theme)

As more Responsive Free users seek help, these simple tips will help make your Responsive Theme journey a little less cumbersome. To know more about how to identify and find the css code snippets you will need to make these style modifications you can watch my video tutorials on How to Edit WordPress with Firefox part #1 and #2, these WordPress video tutorials will give you the power and confidence to make changes without the wasted time and rejection found in the free forums.

As always, use a child theme (watch my video tutorial on Child Themes Update for 2014 on YouTube) or at the very least, make a copy of the files you plan to edit using a text editor such as Notepad or Notepad ++ (not Microsoft Word) so you can always fall back if you break the code or experience a problem.

Allan Whitney

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WordPress Responsive Theme – Where’s the CSS File? | MindVisionMedia.net

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Responsive Theme updates impact thousands of users, cause broken themes and child themes as core files are changed and hidden from access.

Where's the CSS File?Hi folks, @allanmvm from MindVisionMedia.net here to discuss the recent updates to the #ResponsiveTheme and the many inquiries I am receiving from frustrated and confused users. WordPress Responsive Theme – Where’s the CSS File?

As most of us know, using a child theme is supposed to be a good thing, right? Some would argue but the concept makes sense, work on a copy instead of ruining the original,a common sense approach most can digest.

Typically theme developers make updates to their themes to rectify security vulnerabilities and bug fixes that are needed to enhance or protect users f the theme. CyberChimps however is making changes that are impacting users in a negative way of late. In the last 6 months alone, the Responsive Theme has gone through major changes to core files and recently the main style css file was hidden from access in the themes dashboard theme editor.

Even with a child theme, many discovered a broken site or blog after updating the parent theme. and new users are lost when trying to create a child theme with the latest versions.

In another attempt to assist the many users contacting me about this issue, I have created a short but clear video that sheds some light on the matter. I show where the style css file has been moved to in the latest version, and I also show 2 additional methods of modifying the theme without even creating a child theme at all.

My video tutorials on child themes for the earlier versions still apply if you are using older version 1.9.3 or earlier of which a lot of people are still using believe it or not, especially in other countries.

Check out the short video here:

I hope this short tutorial helps diminish the headaches being felt by many users especially our Newbies (hang in there Newbie, help is on the way)

Visit MindVisionMedia.net to find out more and get help with other issues regarding WordPress Responsive Themes.

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Allan Whitney

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Responsive WordPress Applying a Child Theme and Updating an Old Theme

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Responsive WordPress Applying a Child Theme and Updating an Old Theme:


Are you new to the Responsive Theme from ThemeID and CyberChimps? Have you already edited or modified your Responsive Parent Theme files without creating a child theme? In this post, I’ll share with you how I updated my already modified Responsive Theme.

When I first got into WordPress, I like many of you was drawn to the Responsive Theme. At the time it was version 1.8.7. I had never heard of child themes before I started editing and modifying the site and theme. By the time I did hear about child themes and understood what their purpose was, it was very late in the game for my site. I made all kinds of modifications to the CSS and home page files including the widgets and there were two updates available for the theme by the time I woke up.

With the nature of my site and venture, my issue began as ignorance and quickly moved to time as the factor for fixing this issue. I wasn’t sure if I had to start over and do all of that work again or if there was a way to transition into the child theme smoothly somehow. For whatever reason I never got the child theme indoctrination every new user should get. So I started changing things and customizing my site as needed based on research and samples on the web.

I came from a static, HTML WYSIWYG environment so I was already familiar with web design but WordPress, with its dynamic capabilities is quite different. More and more the time that was supposed to be dedicated towards updating my own site, was instead going towards helping people with Responsive WordPress and solving problems. The thought of updating and creating a child theme was always on my mind and I was intimidated by the potential for mishap and losing all of my work.

How long will this take I asked myself over and over. My time is spent creating video tutorials and written learning materials for WP and providing Virtual IT for Responsive WordPress beginners. My site can’t be down even one day and if I mess up, I’m screwed I thought to myself. With version now available for the Responsive Theme (vs my old 1.8.7 version) it was imperative that I do something quick. The older a theme is the more vulnerable it is to hackers. Not updating to the latest version puts you at risks so I decided to jump in head first and tackle this neglected chore.

Now I’d like to share what I did and how it turned out.

First I used my local installation of WordPress and the Responsive Theme to compare versions and files. This was very useful to determine what files have been added or changed in the latest version compared to the older version. I found that 7 files were added and one file was changed in the Responsive Theme as follows:

Changed Files:

  • home.php

Added Files:

  • post-meta.php
  • post-meta-page.php
  • post-data.php
  • loop-no-posts.php
  • loop-nav.php
  • loop-header.php
  • front-page.php

Two files directly impacted my situation, the home.php and the new front-page.php files. The previous version used the “home.php” file to handle the main and featured content on the home page. In the new version, the “front-page.php” file now handles the featured content on the home page. The new home.php file tells the page what classes and hooks to load but doesn’t contain the actual featured and main content, CTA Button, Colophon for the footers Copyright and Powered By information anymore as did the old version.

Once I finished identifying the files that would affect my site, I then created a child theme based on my old modified Responsive Parent theme(v1.8.7). I included copies of all of the PHP files I changed and modified in my child theme directory. Next I tested my child theme to make sure it worked and of course, it did 🙂 To be safe, I backed up my entire site before going to the next step.

I then changed the name of the old home.php file to the new name and syntax, front-page.php. I double checked everything and activated the Parent Responsive Theme (1.8.7), then selected the long overdue update. Once the update was complete and I re-assigned my custom menus, I checked my site for issues with the update. As expected, my customizations were gone but everything else looked fine.

Now it was time to apply the child theme to the new version To my surprise (not really) it worked like a charm. All modifications were there although I had to reassign some widgets and content for my sidebars. Now everything is back to the way I had it and my Responsive Theme is updated to the latest version. Now I can follow the best practice of using a child theme and updating the parent theme as needed without worry.

So in summary, the files to be concerned with are the home.php file, the front-page.php file as well as making a copy of the new home.php file for your child theme if you need it. I placed copies of both home and front-page.php in my child theme directory for future edit. That’s it, creating a child theme and then updating your old, old version of your theme can be done without a disaster unfolding. Care must be taken to examine what files you are dealing with respectively and making a backup is important.

The bottom line, if you are late in creating a child theme or you are working on an older theme version and are reluctant to update for fear of loosing all of your work, try this method. With patience and planning, you can get through it without a glitch.

I will be creating a basic video tutorial overview of the process soon so stay tuned.

Allan Whitney


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Twenty Eleven Theme Tutorial

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Responsive WordPress Twenty Eleven Theme Tutorial:

Hello all, I hope this post finds you well.

2011-screenshotI just finished a Responsive WordPress video tutorial series part#1 and part #2 on editing the Twenty Eleven Theme. I demonstrate some cool tips for this simple but reliable theme. Mostly used for blog’s, this older theme is also useful as a website with features that are great for the beginner and those new to WordPress or who just want a simple blog.

I also show how to add tons of added options and settings to this theme using simple plugins so you can make it look like your own.  Have full control over the colors and essence of your Twenty Eleven site in just a few clicks. Add video and media content to your widgets with ease and express content more dynamically. Make the simple changes to your site or blog without editing the code!

As an added bonus, I show how to create a child theme for Twenty Eleven, activate and use it as well as what specific plugins to use to enhance your blog or site. I have other great tutorials on WordPress and my videos are geared towards the newbie or beginner so you get detailed information that is not rushed like a lot of videos out there. Do visit my channel and site for more great Tips Tools and Tutorials form Allan at MindVisionMedia.net, you won’t be sorry!

Watch WordPress Twenty Eleven Theme Tutorial Part#1 Now:

Allan Whitney



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WordPress Child Themes Update

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sunday 015Not all Themes Support Child Themes!

Hello all, I hope you are well. I wanted to do a quick post to clear up some questions with regard to child themes. The method(s) used to create a child theme are universal and can be applied to most WordPress themes. The exception is when the theme (parent) doesn’t support child themes. Not all theme developers are child theme friendly and do not put that capability in their design. You have to make sure your theme supports child theme development and support.

There are two things I look for when selecting a theme, whether it is “responsive” and whether it is child theme friendly. These days with so many resources and so much creative inspiration, having a stock WordPress install is almost unheard of. You will want to modify your theme to make it stand out from among the rest. After all, thousands of people have access to the same themes.

The advantages are that all of your modifications to the child theme will be preserved if the parent theme is updated. The work-around is to make copies of the original file before and after to preserve changes and the default code.. I like the fact that I can copy any template file I want to my child theme folder from the parent theme and edit away. Or just copy sections or details that pertain to the changes I want to make. With the exception of the “functions php” file, this file should not be copied over to the child theme directory but rather a new functions php file should be created inside the child theme to interact with the parent functions file.

A quick note: If you find yourself spending a lot of time modifying your theme, you may want to consider searching the themes depository for a theme that better suits your needs. There are thousands of themes available, both free and paid with a multitude of layouts and options for modification. You may be wasting considerable time forcing and trying to fit your content or design idea into a theme rather than fitting the right theme to your content.

I have made several child theme tutorials for YouTube but have recently updated those based on general feedback. My NEW child theme tutorials part #1 and part #2 are available now on YouTube. These updated tutorials are simplified and condensed to provide a simple course to follow for setting up your child theme, activating it and using it. I use the Responsive Theme from ThemeID in this tutorial but you can use any WordPress Theme you want that again, supports child themes.

Follow the links below to watch the new updated child theme tutorials and to download my “simple child theme instruction file” which includes the code you need to set up a child theme along with some simple instructions. I put this simplified child theme file together so you don’t have to be on the Internet to get instruction. You can place it on a flash drive and take it with you. if you have any questions regarding child themes, I’ll be happy to assist, just contact me via my website.

For versions 1.9.3 and earlier!

Watch Child Theme Tutorial Part#1 here:

Download Child Theme Code Here:

Allan Whitney

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Child Themes – You gotta love em!

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Allan-childChild Themes – You gotta love em!

WordPress Child Themes, the nemesis or nightmare of every WordPress beginner and some intermediate and advance users a s well. I know I was intimidated by them when I began working with WordPress. It seemed like a bunch of hard coding or something and I put off exploring and learning about them.

What is a Child Theme? How do I create one? What can I do with it? Do I have to create one? I answer all of these questions in my latest Responsive WordPress Video Tutorial: ” Responsive WordPress Child Themes COMPLETE! Updated Version part 1 and 2 on YouTube now.

This tutorial series on Child Themes covers setting up a child theme and using it within your WordPress Dashboard. See what a child theme does and how it effects your website as well as the benefits and advantages to using one. The Responsive Theme from ThemeID which is child-theme-friendly is used for this demonstration.

The purpose of a child theme is simple, for editing purposes, it allows you to modify the theme files without actually changing the “parent” files of the theme. The Child Theme talks to the browser and tells it to look at it before the parent theme files thus overriding any files in the parent theme folder (directory). This is a good practice because any modifications made to a parent theme will be lost during any update being applied to the theme. So for example if I modify the style CSS  file of the parent theme and then update to the latest version, my modifications will be lost.

If I am using a child theme, my modifications are on the copy not the parent so when I update, only the parent is updated (99% of the time that is) leaving my mod’s in place safe inside the child themes directory. In rare cases a theme may be updated and changed so much in an update that it will require you to make some or all modifications over again. That is why I stress in my tutorials to always make a copy of your CSS or PHP files in a text editor and save them (both the before edit  and after edit copy!) in case of something goes wrong, and we all know about “Murphy’s law”.

If you are unsure about child themes, intimidated by them or need to get one put together quickly and properly, then check out my latest tutorial part 1 and 2.

I also recommend installing “Instant WordPress” on to your computer (PC). This will give you a personal copy of WordPress on your computer (not server) that you can experiment with and learn before going live with plugins or modifications. You can practice on your local installation and only edit the things you are sure of on your live WordPress site located on your server. Developers including myself use this method to try things out first before we start editing the live installation. This prevents you from making mistakes with your live website. Theres nothing worse than someone going to your web address and your site is down or broken.

Once your child theme is up and running you can have way at editing pretty much all the files inside the themes parent folder by making copies of or creating all new files. this is where the power of WordPress is unleashed for those who don’t know. i can’t stress enough to my subscribers that if you are going to be using WordPress, you will have to deal with handling code, not necessarily coding, but handling code. There will be a lot of copying and pasting thats for sure.

Let me know what you think about the tutorial and if it helps. I try to be complete because a lot of the videos I researched when learn were too fast and vague in how the child theme actually works. And yes, thats lil ol me as a child in the picture… 😆

Watch “Child Themes UPDATED” here:

Sign Up to get the Child Theme code and instructions on how to use it here:

Allan Whitney


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