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Initial Set Up
Child Theme

Initial Set Up

To display the portfolio page:

Create a new page, and set the page template to “Project Archive“, then change the slug to “project“. Or add the custom link “http://yoursitename.com/project/” to your menu. You may need to update your “Permalinks” under “Settings” in the Admin Panel for the page to work.

To replace the default “Bavarian Forest” photo on the landing page:

Go to “yoursitename.com/wp-content/themes/pilot-fish/images/” and delete the picture called “home_banner.jpg“, name your desired background picture “home_banner.jpg” and upload to the same location. (upload to a specific location can be done using Filezilla or other FTP software.)

The photo size should be about 940 x 610 px.

Child Theme

To set up a child theme:

Please add a header.php to your child theme, you can just copy my original header.php file, and add

<link rel="stylesheet" href="<?php bloginfo('stylesheet_directory'); ?>/style.css" />

inside the <head> tag of the header.php file. You can also download this style.css template for your child theme :)


To add a custom avatar for comments:

Link: http://www.christine.biz/blogging/custom-wordpress-avatar/

For my theme, instead of adding the code to the functions.php, you need to add the code to the script.php file.


To change the number of projects on a project archive page: (for example, 12 projects instead of 10)
function modify_num_posts_for_projects($query)
 if ($query->is_main_query() && $query->is_post_type_archive('project') && !is_admin())
 $query->set('posts_per_page', 12);

add_action('pre_get_posts', 'modify_num_posts_for_projects');



To change the menu hover image:

This can be done through FTP. There is an image file called: menu-bg.png – download that file and modify the color then upload it back.

To center the header and menu:

In the style.css, under /* 05 – Header
================================================== */ replace every thing with the following:

    #header #logo {
        margin-bottom: 20px;
        padding-left: 10px;
         text-align: center;
    #header #logo .site-name {
     .site-name a {
        font-family: 'Fredericka the Great', cursive;
        font-size: 3.5em;
         color: #377687;
        line-height: 1.1em;
     .site-name a:hover {
        text-decoration: none;
        color: #377687;
    #header #logo .site-description {
        margin:10px 0 0 0;
        color: #8CA1A1;

And for center the menu:

#access {
     width: 100%;
.menu-index-container {
     text-align: center;

and change the following (probably around line 483)

#access .menu, 
#access .menu ul {
    display: inline-block;
    list-style-type: none;
    padding: 0;


To add a sidebar to the “Page” template:

In the page.php file, on top right after the get_header() function, there’s one line: <div id=”content-full”>, change the span12 to span8, and add <?php get_sidebar(‘primary’); ?> right before <?php get_footer(); ?> at the bottom.

To remove Page Hierarchy on Pages:

In the style.css file:

.page-hierarchy {
       display: none;


To turn featured widgets into clickable “buttons” that link to pages:

Under Dashboard, edit the sidebar-home.php, add the following <a> before <img> (in bold):

<section id="sidebar-home-1" class="widgets-home">
   <div class="widget-inner">
      <a href="http://link to your url here" ><img class="aligncenter" src="<?php echo get_stylesheet_directory_uri(); ?>/images/bulb.png" alt=""></a>
      <h3 class="center"><?php _e('featured one', 'pilotfish'); ?></h3>
      <div class="textwidget"><?php _e('Replace the text here in the sidebar-home.php, or add widgets to Featured One area.','pilotfish'); ?></div>

And in your style.css file, modify around line 924 to (add the width: 100%):

#widgets a, #widgets-footer a {
 display: inline-block;
 margin: 0;
 padding: 3px;
 text-decoration: none;
 width: 100%;
57 Responses to FAQ
  1. nj says:

    Great template, but is it possible to make two colums in the content area and still have a responsive website?
    regards nj

  2. Gudrun says:

    Dear Danni,

    thanks a lot for this great theme. I would like to use it…and change the default “Bavarian forest” image.
    I try my website on a localhost yet, i read your answers to other questioners, to use filezilla for the FTP. But to which server (address?) do i have to go?
    Or doesn´t it work until there is a real landing page.

    Kind regards

  3. Rebecca says:

    Hey there,

    I would like to change the font colours of the feature title and other title text on the home page.

    I can’t find the location of the code for this in the php files… so I must be looking in the wrong place!

    Can you help me out?


  4. Hi: we are using your template, but i can not show our projects or category projects…. If we have 5 category projects and 2 or 3 projects in each category, how is possible show them?


  5. Katya Batlla says:

    I am very new to WordPress and am using Pilot Fish for a coaching site. I want to use the projects page for informational purposes and want to have control over the visual order of the category picture. How can I rearrange the pictures that everybody sees?


    • Marleen says:

      I had the same question and emailed Daniel. His reply: you can rearrange them by changing the publish dates of each project. The one with the latest date always displays first.

  6. Amanda says:

    Hi Danni, I love your template but I am having a few issues. This stuff is a little over my head – I am trying to replace the trees image and am going to the address: yoursitename.com/wp-content/themes/pilot-fish/images/


    But it just comes up with 404 error page not found…. What am I doing wrong?



    • Danni says:

      Hi Amanda,

      You should access the “coeur-dalene-wedding-photographer.com/wp-content/themes/pilot-fish/images/” from FTP instead of a web browser.

  7. Tanmay says:

    How to change the iframe default size parameters in child theme?

  8. Belinda says:

    Hi Danni
    I love your template as well. Is there a way to not have the home_banner image scroll and be fixed and show whole image?

    Thank you

  9. Rachel says:

    I am trying to use your theme, and it’s not working correctly. When I install an image, it drops it behind ALL the contents of the page. And then the text scrolls over the image…instead of the image appearing as though it’s in a window like your preview. Can you offer any suggestions (in idiot-eez pleaze).

  10. Jesper says:

    I followed the instructions to add a sidebar to the theme, but it won’t show up on the first page? Am i missing something?


    • Marleen says:

      Maybe change home.php? I didn’t see the sidebar on my project type pages, but changed the above settings in single-project.php and it’s now showing.

  11. sanaa says:

    hi danni plz can you help me ,i use your theme but i don’t khnow how can i change the logo of my website ;

  12. ilaria says:

    I’m using your template, and I like it very much. Just an issue: I’d like to change the message written on the photo on the landing page… how can I do it?
    Moreover, what if I would like to change the photo, too? I don’t undestand what you mean saying “You should access the “c………………../wp-content/themes/pilot-fish/images/” from FTP instead of a web browser”. My web site is .it

    Thank you so much!

  13. ilaria says:

    Ok, I’m sorry: I’ve been able to change the message on the landing page.

    By the way, I can’t change the “hello world”… how can I do it?
    Morover: how can I put the images on the single page?

    Thank you!

  14. Rick says:

    Hi there Danni!

    Love the elegant simplicity of your theme. I would like to add a blog link with ongoing posts (like you have on your website) but cannot find any info or instructions…

    Thanks, Rick

    • Danni says:

      Hi Rick, thank you for downloading pilot fish. You can add a page, and choose the page template to be “Blog Posts”, and add the page to be menu. Then your blog posts will show up on the page you just created. Hope it helps :)

  15. harold says:

    how to make a my menu(home, about > , galeri > , contact, and comment) in center like logo?

  16. fab says:

    Dear Danni,
    thanks for the great theme. I centered the header as described above, but didn’t manage to do so with the menu. Where exactly do i have to insert the lines you described:

    #access {
    width: 100%;
    .menu-index-container {
    text-align: center;

    Which part do I have to delete or replace? I tried some lines, but didn’t work.
    Thanks for your help!

  17. fab says:

    Ok, found out myself, if anybody else is interested, just insert the following under the headline “primary navigation:

    #access {
    width: 100%;
    #access {
    text-align: center;

  18. Sebastian says:

    Hey Danni.
    Can I expect an update where I don’t have to edit files, but can it all through theme options?


  19. John Correa says:

    Hi Danni,
    I think that this might be a small improvement.

    I was working with a “Child Theme”, and copied your “sidebar-home.php” to the child directory. Reason for this is that I made some changes in the text and I did not want to copy the images directory from the “parent” theme (yours! ♥) to the child theme’s directory.

    You use a function in “sidebar-home.php”: “get_stylesheet_directory_uri()”, which ill return the –in this case– child directory URI. Since I wanted to keep the images in one place, I used “get_template_directory_uri()” in the child directory file, thus returning the PARENT theme’s URI and NOT the current Child one!. This might work already from the original “sidebar-home.php” that you provided.

    Gosh.. hope that I was able to explain myself.
    Gracias por tu excelente trabajo.

  20. tom says:

    Where would you suggest, should I place an rss-icon for subscription to posts?

  21. I really like this theme. Thanks for creating and supporting it.

    I have had difficulty with centering the header and menu.

    If I remove the header image, I can “text” center.

    However, I’d like to center my header image – which is a logo.

    How would I do that?

    Also, the menu is not centering for me – despite putting in the “access” code above.


  22. rob says:

    Hi, I am trying to change over the home_banner.jpg but for some reason will not show my new one.
    Are you able to take a look and help as I have followed your steps and tried many different times with different banners.

  23. cbuch says:

    Thank you Danni for sharing your attractive template.

    I’m just getting started so don’t understand how to get rid of the “Bavarian Forest” photo even after reading your instructions. How do you delete it from
    “yoursitename.com/wp-content/themes/pilot-fish/images/” there doesn’t seem to be a way to do it and then upload from a ftp site. I signed into egnyte to use as a ftp site. Thanks for any help.

  24. Thijs says:

    I really like this theme but I have a problem, I installed a child theme and when I change something in the Style sheet nothing changes on my site.

    Please help!


  25. Cab says:

    Hello, I tried to replace the pine forest on the landing page with a photo of my own, but the pine forest photo keeps showing up.

    I used FileZilla to delete the original home_banner.jpg and successfully uploaded my own to the necessary folder, but it still hasn’t changed. Does it take a minute to reload or something? Thanks for the tutorial.

  26. Bailey says:

    Hello, I’m trying to center my header. The text centers, but the image does not. Where and what should I put to center the image?

  27. Thank you so much for this theme! There’s a lot of white space between the menu and the page text/content however. I’ve been trying to find it for several days, how do you reduce the size of the space? Thanks!

  28. Timothy DeWein says:

    Awesome Theme. Couple questions…
    In which directory would I find menu-bg.png?
    How can I add widgits to the right rather than the bottom? I’ve seen questions about 2 columns nut don’t see any answers.


    • uwe says:

      hi timothy,

      I only can help you with your first question. you find it here:

      your server/apps/folder where you have installed wordpress/wp-content/themes/pilot-fish/images

      good luck,

  29. Anton Cozad says:

    Just how did your make this blog check this great! E-mail me personally if you need and share your own wisdom. Identification be thankful!


    help please

  31. Renan says:

    So, I nee to know where do I change the font of the text that is written inside the photo on the landing page… I’ve changed the default image, but now the text is too dark and nobody can read it.


  32. alcapone says:


    Is it possible to have the home image and text hover i.e. bavarian forest be repeated on all pages of the blog?


  33. Ingrid says:


    Great theme! But one thing is not clear to me. How kan I add a hyperlink to the frontpage pictures?

    I guess it needs to be html-code in sidebar-home.php, but please give me an example of the code I must use and where to put it in the line…

    Great thanx from Holland!

  34. Amgine says:

    Hi Danni!

    No questions or requests, just a large *Thanks!*

  35. Dee says:


    Is it possible to add a social media like facebook or pinterest to this theme. If so is there a way to do it.


  36. sw says:

    I know this is probably really obvious, but for some reason I can’t change the text over the home_banner. Can anyone offer any advice, I’ve been trying for hours :)



  37. uwe says:

    hi danni,

    thanks for that great theme. I’m trying to customize it for my purpose. one thing I didn’t find yet is the html.js to change “Home” into “Start” in the navigation bar.

    may you help me? best regards,

  38. Nikhil says:

    Hi Danni, I have been using your theme for a while in my local host and it still remain my favourite theme. I especially like the simplicty, clean white and the choice of fonts. Now that I move to a real domain out there (www) i get into the theme details. I have questions, if you can reply or direct me to get the answers.
    1. The inserted image appears smaller even at 100% Why? I wanted it to expand to the width of the body text.
    2. In testing the “responsive” design, I notice the image jumps in size (which is expected to happen in steps) but at a smaller size the image jumped to first a larger size then jumped back to a smaller one. Can check by rubber-banding the browser window in my link http://idamindia.org/historical-database/
    3. in mobiles the page menu appears as a “drop down” menu. Is there a way to change this, that it still appears as page links and now as page list drop down?
    Thanks, Nikhil

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  40. Bobby says:

    Hi Danny, is there a way instead of making the sidebar available on a certain page just to mak!e a new page template with a sidebar? Thanks

  41. Lotus says:

    I am using Google fonts plugin and noticed that all my fonts look distorted on Safari only.. fine in Firefox. Using Gentium Basic font. Any advise?

  42. Lotus says:

    I tried various fonts on Safari but all render pretty distorted and pixelated looking. Would really like to find a fix for this!

  43. Lotus says:

    Found the fix! I just had to remove the following from style.css

    -webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; /* Fix for webkit rendering */
    -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;

  44. Greg says:


    Thanks for sharing your incredible work.
    I have question for you: how to put (and enable) sidebar on first page? I follow your FAQ’S procedure but the sidebar is not displayed at all.


  45. Nicole says:

    I am using this template for a company website. I have been trying to get the footer to stretch across the entire screen however and I am having zero success. Can anyone help me out? Is this even possible?

  46. Michal says:

    I love your minimal and elegant theme. Thank you.
    Can you please tell me how to change the colour of linked text, so that readers know there is a link even if they don’t hover on the text?


  47. Karen says:

    Sweet website , super design and style , very clean and utilise genial .

  48. Marleen says:

    Just something to share with others. I wanted a tagcloud of Skills and of Project Types (not Skills and Categories) in my sidebar.

    Go to Widgets, remove all but Tagcloud: Skills from the Primary sidebar on the right. Add a new tagcloud by dragging it from Available widgets to the Primary side bar. Then change the Taxonomy into Project Types and save.

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