FourteenXtd Child Theme

UPDATE: Theme now being renamed – working on a suitable name and will then release a beta version for testing while waiting for the stable version to be review for inclusion in the WordPress repository.

UPDATED to v1.0.2 – 2014/02/04. Please note that this theme has now been deprecated and no new updates will be issued – Use Sequel instead. Only use this theme as a starting point for your own child theme development!

  • Added option to upload a logo in place of site title.

Time to get started with child themes that will go hand in hand with Fourteen Extended for ease of customization. The reason for adopting the child theme route is two folds…

  1. To avoid code over bloat in the plugin.
  2. Simply put, not all functions needed to achieve the many customizations being requested are suited to being in the plugin. And in addition, some functions required only work via a theme due to the need for template manipulation.

So here we go with the first child theme – FourteenXtd. Pronounced just like the plugin, Fourteen Extended – lol, blame it on a lack of imagination.

FourteenXtd aims to solve a particular issue many user are having with the site header image especially when the site width is set to a higher value than that set in the parent theme.

The theme adds an extra field in the customization to set the overall max-height of the header image while still allowing for height flexibility.

More options to come and you are all welcome to request features and make suggestions for improvements.

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  • #232

    Zulfikar Nore
    Keymaster
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    Time to get started with child themes that will go hand in hand with Fourteen Extended for ease of customization. The reason for adopting the child th
    [See the full post at: FourteenXtd Child Theme]

  • #263

    Zulfikar Nore
    Keymaster
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    FourteenXtd Child theme has been update.

    This is an experimental update to facilitating a workaround for Windows phones view.

  • #492

    violacase
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    Hi Zulf,
    I do understand the choice of naming your theme but… it’s VERY confusing. Things get mixed up in my head when exploring your site. Please think of another name. Suggestions: Nore2014, Zulf2014xtd, etc…

    Let’s keep themes and plugins live in different boxes in ones mind :-)

    Regards!

    • #506

      Zulfikar Nore
      Keymaster
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      Lol sorry about that.

      Will work on that soon as I intend to submit the theme for inclusion in the repository too.

      Regards,
      Zulf

  • #549

    Nicola Brennan
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    Thank you so much Zulf. You’re always so helpful :)

    Regards
    Nicola

  • #550

    Nicola Brennan
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    Thank you so much Zulf. You’re always so helpful :)

    Regards
    Nicola

  • #676

    Tony
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    Hi Zulf,

    I’m having difficulty installing the FourteenXtd102 child theme.

    I have already successfully installed Fourteen Extended through the WordPress dashboard however when I try installing the child theme I receive the following error message “The package could not be installed. PCLZIP_ERR_BAD_FORMAT (-10) : Invalid archive structure”.

    I have also tried to extract the ZIP file for a manual installation but receive error messages for the following two files screenshot.png and custom-header.php (the remaining files extracted successfully). I tried extracting the ZIP file on two other computers and the results were the same.

    If it’s of any help, I have attached the zip file for you to check.

    I look forward to your suggestions.

    Regards

    Tony

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    • #685

      Zulfikar Nore
      Keymaster
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      Hello Tony,

      Thank you for reporting that. Seems like the last upload corrupted the files but its fixed now and you can re-download the theme.

      Please note that FourteenXTD is now discontinued – it has been enhanced and renamed Sequel – you can get a copy here: http://wpdefault.com/sequel-a-twenty-fourteen-child-theme/

      Regards,
      Zulf

      • #702
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        Tony
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        Thanks Zulf,

        Sequel loaded perfectly and I’m exploring its many options.

        Regards

        Tony

  • #523

    Nicola Brennan
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    Hi Zulf

    Sorry to bother you again! I’m am using your child theme (which I think is brilliant by the way!) and wanted to include the ability to show excerpts for Search, Categories, Archives and Tags. Although my experience of PHP is zero, I have found that if I amend row 47 in the Content.php file to read:

    <?php if ( is_search() || is_category() || is_archive() || is_tag() ) : ?>

    and then remove reference to excerpts in on Line 28 in the functions.php and add in the following:

    
    	function new_excerpt_more($more) {
        global $post;
        return ' <a>ID) . '">...Continue Reading ››</a>';
    }
    add_filter('excerpt_more', 'new_excerpt_more');

    then this does what I want.

    Whilst this works on my test site locally as I’m not using your child theme on this site and can therefore upload my own child theme php files, I’m slightly baffled as to how I implement this within your files without losing the code whenever I update to your latest child theme version. Can you give me any assistance on the best way to achieve this?

    Hopefully I have explained myself well.

    Many thanks in advance.

    Regards
    Nicola

  • #529

    Zulfikar Nore
    Keymaster
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    Hello Nicola,

    It is not a bother at all – in fact its the opposite. Sharing code on what you find to be working is one of the best thing about this community.

    Let me take a closer look at the code and weigh up as to where it fits in best – the plugin with options to enable/disable on per individual needs or in the child theme itself. Will definitely look in to implementing the option either way so it’s not lost on updates :)

    Regards,
    Zulf

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