Headway Child Theme – HeadTube

Live Theme Demo

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…

Introducing HeadTube!

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

Screenshots

Click to enlarge – Colors can be easily changed using the menu color picker (WP 3.5+)

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Click to enlarge – Single Post page with altered colors

Live Theme Demo

Instructions

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.

Download

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.

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*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.

7 thoughts on “Headway Child Theme – HeadTube”

  1. The photos do this a massive injustice. You should show a real demo. It is unbelievable. Thanks … Thanks … Thanks. When I have a site up using it, I will be your affiliate. Would their be any issues having an optin on the page?

    1. @russhuntley Thanks – when it becomes paid for only I will put a demo up. As long as they don’t have to optin to get the link to buy then there is no problem having an optin form on the same page. I just need to work on the affiliate system too!

    2. @BlogTechGuy Headstretch looks good. Has the transparency that Headtube has. Love Headtube. Playing around at the moment. Its only problem is that it is so good you don’t want to look at text. I am going to test it and will give you feed back. I have a couple of ideas for some modifications, but have no clue on the programming front. There also may be some conflict with a couple of extend products. If I can figure out what is happening I will let you know. Once again .. GREAT JOB.

    3. @russhuntley  Awesome, glad you like it. Feedback would be great thanks – anything makes it in to the next version and I’ll give you a free copy. I have a couple of ideas for improvements too when I get time. I don’t have any of the extend products, but bugs do happen and happy to take a look. Just email sometime at joel at blogtechguy.com. Thanks in advance!

  2. The photos do this a massive injustice. You should show a real demo. It is unbelievable. Thanks … Thanks … Thanks. When I have a site up using it, I will be your affiliate. Would their be any issues having an optin on the page?

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