ClassiPress Child Theme Tutorial (Part 2)

This post is outdated. Please follow the instructions on creating a ClassiPress child theme on our docs site instead.

Before attempting this tutorial, you should have already read and completed the “ClassiPress Child Theme Tutorial Part 1“. Assuming you have done this you will already have a folder for your child theme which leaves us right where we left off.

What we will Cover in Part 2

  • Creating the functions.php file.
  • Overwriting an existing function (the prices function in this tutorial).
  • Creating your own new function in the function file.
  • Use the child theme to modify the index-directory.php file so that our homepage is modded.
  • Build a new dashboard template to show confirmation messages and activate it.

Step 1: Creating the functions.php file

Navigate to the child theme folder you previously created. Now we need to create a new file in it. You can do this a variety of ways, but we are going to use a technique that is the most “universal”.

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Certified Partner Program Launched

One of the most common requests we receive from our customers is, “Do you provide consulting services”? As much as we’d like to help, we just don’t have the resources to do outside projects. Instead, we focus our efforts on enhancing and building amazing WordPress Premium Apps.

But that didn’t stop us from figuring out a way we could add value to our customers and provide such a service. Our new AppThemes Certified Partner program does just that. We’ve partnered up with some top design/development firms who would be happy to help you customize your AppThemes themes.

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Introducing JobRoller, A Premium Job Board Theme

Please welcome JobRoller – the newest edition to the AppThemes family. JobRoller is a premium WordPress job board app designed to instantly turn your site into a professional job listing site.

JobRoller takes full advantage of the latest available features in WordPress 3.0, specifically custom post types, custom taxonomies, and a custom write panel. This gives you several key advantages to better manage your site.

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ClassiPress 3.0.4 is Now Available

A ClassiPress patch has been released which addresses a couple of important bugs. You can download it immediately from your customer account dashboard.

This patch includes over 20 fixed tickets ranging from bugs to a few nice enhancements. The most noteworthy additions are PayPal IPN support, a new bank transfer gateway option, and a smart payment drop-down engine.

For details on what has been fixed and added, see our previous ClassiPress 3.0.4 Upcoming Release Details. To see all the changes and which files were affected, take a look at the changelog.txt which is included in the 3.0.4 download. Upgrade instructions are just like previous upgrades. Just make sure to backup your theme before uploading the new version.

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New Affiliate Banners Available

It’s been a while since we’ve updated our affiliate banners and figured now was a good time to do so. You’ll notice that we’ve streamlined the banners into a uniform look to focus more on the AppThemes brand. We created a bunch of unique ones for each theme so you can grab em to promote on your site.

If you already have our ClassiPress affiliate banners on your site (using your affiliate code and image url), you don’t need to do anything. They should have automatically been updated.

If you would like to get a hold of our new banners for JobRoller or general AppThemes banners, just login to your affiliate account and get the code. There are several new banners and dimensions but if there is a size you would like us to create, just let us know in the comments below.

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ClassiPress 3.0.4 Upcoming Release Details

Not far behind our previous release comes version 3.0.4 which addresses a couple important bugs. We preferred to wait and fix these in v3.1 which is scheduled for the end of September, but felt these couldn’t wait.

The main bugs fixed in this patch release are as follows:

  • Cron Jobs Not Triggering – Ads were not being correctly expired due to a hard coded table prefix.
  • Ad Editing Resets Values – Some customers were having problems with their ads losing custom field values when editing them.
  • Home Page Sidebar Widgets – Using language packs prevented the home page sidebar widgets from being changed.
  • Child Category Search – Searching a parent category for something that existed in a child category returned no results.
  • Relist Ad Date Issue – Non-standard dates caused an issue with the free ad re-listing process.
  • Child Theme Login Page – Issue where changing the header and footer did not effect the login page.
  • Ad Edit TinyMCE – Editing an ad with HTML enabled was not loading the TinyMCE editor controls.
  • A couple other minor fixes.

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ClassiPress Contest Winners from HongKiat.com

Last week we held a contest with our friend Hong and decided to give away five free copies of our popular ClassiPress theme.

To enter the contest, all you needed to do was leave a comment on the contest post and at the end of the week, five people were randomly selected.

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Clipper Coupon Theme Design Preview

Now that we are officially a “theme company”, it’s important to produce more high quality, well, themes of course.

Launching AppThemes took many months of development and migration which slowed us down on product development. With the new infrastructure in place, we are now in a good position to scale and offer more products to our customers.

Our goal over the next several months is to release a handful of nifty new WordPress apps and sprinkling in some typical premium themes.

Now many of you have asked if there will be a subscription-based pricing model so you can get each theme as it becomes available. The good news is yes, there will be a “theme club” which we will announce later this year.

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ClassiPress Child Theme Tutorial (Part 1)

This post is outdated. Please follow the instructions on creating a ClassiPress child theme on our docs site instead.

Yes, its finally here. I know you all have been anxiously awaiting some guidance on creating a child theme. This first part of the tutorial will cover the basics. I’m going to try to assume you know absolutely nothing about WordPress or child themes.

It will however, require that you understand some simple things like how to FTP to your server, browse the file structure, and upload/download files to your WordPress installation.

Step 1: Creating the Folder and Stylesheet Files

What I have to show you here is that I’ve downloaded the most recent version of WordPress, at the time of writing this article. Then I’ve placed the folder on my desktop and navigated to the “themes” directory. I’ve also already copied my “ClassiPress” theme folder that I purchased into this folder.

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