Just a quick word of warning. Don’t install BuddyPress on your main site! Install it on a dev site and develop it there.
It completely wipes out your theme from what I can see. Whilst it’s great to encourage community on your own website just make sure you test your set up first before making it live.
Well I did say, I felt a theme coming on, and so tada!!! Here it is. It’s not the most widely different theme. But it’s built as a child theme on the WordPress.org‘s default theme. I did this for a couple of reasons. FIrstly so I could play with child themes, but mainly so that it’s sustainable. When I update the parent theme my child theme should (in theory) not need any modification in order to keep working.
Of course I’ll test any theme updates on my staging site first to be sure of that.
There was an additional bonus of using the WordPress.org theme. It seems to be responsive. So, with only mild aesthetic tweaking my theme also works on tablets and smart phones.
I think this theme expresses a bit of my character and style and I’m very pleased with it.
My brother Greg Dixson has been learning a lot about web design recently. Including how to reskin WordPress.
He’s made impressive leaps and with just two words has opened a new world to me. Child Themes are those two words.
With Word presses child themes you can take an existing theme and hack around with it, confident that the next update from the author of that theme isn’t going to blow away all your hard work.
So right now you are looking at my first child theme. There’s not too much tweaking so far. But this has opened me up to redesigning my site(s) again.
I’ll make no promises about this getting done, as web design for my own pleasure get’s done in fits and starts. But hopefully this site’s style will start to grow over time.