WordPress, Carrington Build, and a Child Theme

One of the benefits of using WordPress to build a website is that you can change the look of a website usually in a few minutes. All you have to do is load and activate a new theme that contains all the code to modify your website.

However, being the geek I am, I always like tweaking something on the site. Maybe it is a color, or perhaps a column width. In this particulate case, I was adding Carrington Build by Crowd Favorite (http://crowdfavorite.com/carrington-build) to the website.

I love the functionality of the Carrington Build, but felt the theme that Crowd Favorite developed to highlight the feature was getting old. I had been using it for about four years on Nativity Church’s website (http://www.nativitycatholicchurch.net). Recently, I decided WordPress’ Twenty Fourteen theme might lend itself to the website nicely.

After installing the Carrington Build feature into the Twenty Fourteen theme (sorry but I cannot reveal the process since Crowd Favorite supplies this information to licensed customers only), I went into the WordPress Admin Panel, clicked on Appearance and then Themes. From there I found the Twenty Fourteen theme and Activated it. In a second or two, my new theme was running.

However, after a few minutes I noticed my RSS feeds were not showing the titles or dates. However, when I placed my cursor over the area where the title should be, the tile would appear. Thus, I knew everything was working and I needed to tweak a color on the titles since it appeared the titles showing as white on white.

Using Development Tool

The process of isolating the necessary CSS code was time consuming. (Partially because I do not regularly code websites, and partially due to the amount of tags used to code the site.)  Using Chrome Development Tools (it is built into Chrome – see https://developers.google.com/chrome-developer-tools/ for more information) I was able to isolate the necessary tags to change the title and date and wrote the necessary code:

.rss-date {
color: #41a62a;
}
.rsswidget, .widget-title a {
color: #41a62a;
}
li>.rsswidget {
color: #41a62a;
}

Because from time to time WordPress updates a theme to stay compatible with a newer version of WordPress, I created a child theme. If you directly modify the theme’s code, you often risk losing changes you make when you update because many files are overwritten. A child theme allows you to keep your changes.  Rather than write a long narrative on how to create a child theme you can visit WordPress’ Codex site at https://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes or simply search for “WordPress child theme” on your favorite search engine.

Once I created the child theme, I inserted the above code into the style.css file located in my child theme. After loading the changes and activating my child theme, I had my titles showing without fear of losing my changes. (I personally like using FileZilla (https://filezilla-project.org/ ) to move my files between computer and my web server. I also like and Notepad ++ (http://notepad-plus-plus.org/ ) as an editor.)

Lost Sound in YouTube…

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This isn’t the video he was looking for…

Recently came across this strangeness. A coworker was trying to view a video posted on YouTube, but no matter what he did, he couldn’t get the sound to un-mute in Chrome. The volume slider would not move, nor would the sound icon respond to mouse clicks.

It took a little research on several forums to find that a recent flash update was the culprit. The solution was to go into Chrome’s settings and delete an hour worth of cookies. Once the cookies were cleared, we regained control of his audio.