Twenty Sixteen Theme

I am trying out the Twenty Sixteen Theme at my second WordPress practice site, wp.elizapro.com. I changed the background color and created a child theme.

Website home page with header imageMy child theme differs from the parent theme only in that there’s a custom CSS file.  More about Twenty Sixteen Theme:

  • Introduction
  • Download (this page includes a download button)
  • Features (it took me a while to find this page. Why?)
    • The “Features” are NOT described in the sidebar list entitled “Features.” Each of those links shows you a selection of WordPress themes that let you customize that feature … as far as I can tell
    • I can’t find further details on this theme’s features. I thought there was more than the custom colors and header described somewhere. In the meantime, as with any Theme, to see its theme-specific customizations go to your WP dashboard -> Appearance -> Themes, find your theme and hit Customize.

How Did my WordPress get Automatically Updated?

I got an email the other day saying my site was automatically updated to WordPress 4.3.2. How did that happen? I’m self-hosting this website, and I’d not logged in for a couple of months.

It turns out whenever your site requests a page, that is, someone visits your website, this page load will trigger a check for updates.

The update runs in the background via wp-cron. wp_cron checks whether there are any scheduled events in the database. If yes it calls spawn_cron(), which starts another PHP process to do all the actual work.

Lots of processes in WordPress are handled by the cron system: scheduled post publishing, processing pings, update checks, etc.

The automatic update only happens when wordpress.org releases a new minor or security update. Otherwise (for a “major” release like WP 4.3 to 4.4) you must do the update manually by logging in to the back end.

I got this information from http://wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/131334/how-exactly-do-automatic-updates-work. Thanks to “DisgruntledGoat” for asking and others for answering and explaning.

Where are my Pages? Page Permalinks & Featured Image

The permalink of my first page is here: wp.elizahost.com/here-is-my-test-page/

Perhaps I need to create a menu bar?

And I appreciate how post and page’s “featured image” feature makes it really easy to provide an image for each page or post, but can I make the “featured image” float right near the top of the post text, rather than sitting above the post or page title?