3D Image Capture
This week I used a MakerBot scanner to scan an 3D image of a vintage “Brownie Camera” I had when I was growing up. I first scanned it using the option for a darker image, and while it was better than the one I uploaded for the final product, they both had the appearance of melting wax.
I also used another scanner (3D System Sense) that is capable of scanning full body images, head shots, and other objects from small to large. I scanned an Ostrich egg and an Emu egg.
Both of my scans are primitive, but it was a great experience to be able to use either scanner and upload them to Sketchfab.
WordPress Site and Backup Files
After last week, when the theme that I had built received an error message and crashed, I reverted back to a previously uploaded theme called “camp”. I have made some minimal changes such as, making a static “Website fun!” front page, a separate blog page, and added a calendar to the sidebar. The navigation menu was a bit messy so it was also changed in the theme editor in the css template.
Bottom line…always keep a backup of your theme so it can be restored after a crash, which can happen often when you are learning to code in WordPress.
WordPress as a CMS
This week I had to back up and punt! The site is under construction, and does not look very pretty. 1Hutch.com should look like a website operating as a CMS system using the front page as a static page and all the blog post set to that page.
Tweaking Themes and Templates
The “Editor” section found under the “Appearance” tab on the WordPress dashboard is where the coding in the templates of your current theme can can changed or adjustments made to the original theme. The style.css is where I changed all the hover links, the first letter in the title, post heading, heading and background. I used a hexadecimal coding system to represent the color chosen (#75001f/burgundy; #fff/white, and #444/dark gray). Some of the coding places that this color was change was incorporated (h1: first letter to white, navigation li a: hover to burgundy, and .site-content a to white) in various places.
There is a warning that goes with tweaking an original theme, and that is WordPress updates to the original theme could cause all of the modifications to be lost. There is a remedy for this. The recommendation is to set up a child theme within the parent theme making the child theme the last theme to be read. According to WordPress for Dummies, “CSS rules state that the last instruction takes precedence.”