Twenty Eleven – Sidebar width explained and 2 bonus layouts

I’ve had many questions on how to change the width of the sidebar in Twenty Eleven, I’m going to show how it can be done for both left and right sidebar layouts. My last post on this was a bit confusing, I’ll try to explain it as best I can.

First lets take a look at the layout, it’s easier to understand what you’re doing when you understand the way things work.

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How to add a logo to Twenty Eleven Theme

I’ve seen this asked alot so, here’s how you can add a logo image to the header area of Twenty Eleven theme by only adding CSS to your theme. It’s not the best way to add a log in all cases but it works pretty well for Twenty Eleven theme.

Well be using a 263x65px logo in the example, you can use this one if you want to try it out. Place it in a folder called images within your child theme.

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Show Excerpts and Post Thumbnail Twenty Eleven Theme

Adding post thumbnails and excerpts to Twenty Eleven theme is not much different than how they would be added to Twenty Ten.

The first step is to create a functions.php file for your child theme if you don’t already have one and add this to it. This adds our own custom size thumbnail of 140px X 140px.

I strongly recommend installing and running Ajax Rebuild Thumbnails plugin after completing this tutorial. It will create a new image size for each featured image. You can uninstall it after it’s finished.

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