As many of you know I love using the Headway Theme for WordPress. My own site runs off a child theme for Headway. A child theme is like a sub-theme where it inherits everything from the parent, but where you specify any differences the child theme takes precedent. This way you can have your own theme and not worry about updating the parent theme and losing any changes.
In Headway a child theme does NOT inherit any layout, so installing a child theme does not change your layout*. You can still have any blocks wherever you want or where you currently have them. The colors and functionality changes though, and this is where my first child theme comes in…
HeadTube is a free Headway child theme:
- Allows you to set a full screen YouTube video background on the homepage
- Provides video controls (that can be hidden)
- Can change the opacity/transparency of the content areas
- Color Picker allows you to change the background color of the navigation menu, sidebar headings and homepage post dividers (WordPress 3.5+ only)
- Single post page contains inbuilt social media links that can be hidden
- Retains your current layout/grid settings
Click to enlarge – Single Post page with altered colors
a) Make sure Headway Base is installed under Appearance > Themes. It does not have to be activated.
b) Backup your site using a free or paid plugin like BackupBuddy.
Any current Headway layout/grid settings SHOULD be retained, but you have a backup in case anything is lost.
c) Under Themes > Install Themes upload the zip file (see below) and activate the theme. Once downloaded, see the enclosed README.txt for full usage instructions.
d) Options appear under Headway > Theme Options or on the WordPress admin bar as HeadTube Options.
This theme is provided “as is” and without any warranty, so use at your own risk. You must own a copy of Headway in order for this child theme to work.
*Headway’s latest version (3.4.1 at the time of writing) has introduced skins. These DO take alter your layout, you can save a layout(s) as a skin and import it into another Headway installation to replicate the layout. It also takes the Live CSS so in a lot of ways is similar to a child theme but doesn’t allow such functionality changes like this child theme.