problem adding child theme AND trying the blank page template

  • 350Seattle


    Hi there,

    I wanted to add a blank page to my site, or at least to change the header to a larger one (900×399), and I found a few pages on the forum explaining each. I tried to make a child theme, but it’s not showing up in my themes, though the graphene-child folder is in my themes folder, and has a style.css.

    down below my themes, it has a nameless one that says it needs a template, so I added the template-onecolumn.php to the child folder, in case that was the problem. still no go. then I found a reference to your changing the header size elsewhere, on the functions. php, and I added a functions. php (which only has this:


    * Modify the height of the header image
    function graphene_modify_header_height(){
    return 399;
    add_filter('graphene_header_image_height', 'graphene_modify_header_height');


    but still, the child theme is not showing up so that I can activate it. any ideas? I’m agnostic about whether I start with a blank page and build from there, or start with a graphene page with a bigger header….whichever is easier, works.

    the page where I tried to use the blank page template instead of the child theme is here: (password joe) link:

    thank you!



    ps the code for my blank page template is this (cobbled together from another post of yours):

    Template Name: Page with background only


    <style type="text/css">
    body { background-color: #ffffff) }
    #page-content { width: 960px; margin: 20px auto; }
    #page-content p { font-size: 14px; font-family: arial; line-height: 18px; text-align: justify; }
    <?php wp_head(); ?>

    <?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
    <div id="page-content">
    <?php the_content(); endwhile; ?>

    it comes out black, despite the ffffff.


    Kenneth John Odle


    You can change the header height via the theme options. There is no need to write a separate function for this.

    What exactly do you want a blank page for? I don’t understand your reasoning for this.



    Hi there,

    I need to change the header (and header size) ONLY on that one page: (not on the rest of

    I wasn’t sure how that image would look with the rest of my graphene options (menu, etc.), so I thought that IF IT WERE EASY I’d try to do simply a plain page, no theme (I was a web designer back in the days of writing code, so it’s very weird and frustrating to me that this is so hard). I suspect that in the future, too, we’d love that option (that’s why I thought I’d try to make the child page work)….but for now, all I really want is to have a separate, much taller header for that page.





    ps as I look at this more, I think I’d really just like to get the blank page template to work (rather than adding a child theme). it seems simpler, if I can get it not to be black. what do I need to have in there, to have it give me a blank (but not black) page that I can then add my big header to, and all my text…..?



    Kenneth John Odle

    I need to change the header (and header size) ONLY on that one page

    Try using this custom css:

    .page-id-303 #header {
    height: 400px;

    If you try that on a different page you’ll need to change the page id to reflect that of the new page.

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