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Build Your Own Wicked Wordpress Themes by Jeffrey Way, Brandon R. Jones, Alan Cole, Raena Jackson Armitage

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Chapter 5Advanced Theme Construction

In the previous chapter, we explored how to create a new child theme from the Thematic framework using a few files and some CSS smarts. Now you’re probably wondering how to make that child theme work a bit harder for you and put your own stamp on it. If so, this is the chapter for you!

Before we start messing with code, however, it’s time to reiterate what we learned in Chapter 4: hands off the parent theme! Even if you decide you absolutely detest the way a particular part of your parent theme works, and you’re desperate to change it, it’s best to avoid hacking the guts out of the parent theme. We have ways to modify it in a safe, simple fashion.

Understanding how to do so first requires some explanation ...

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