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Hi,
I am new to wordpress and having a slight issue with managing a site template.
I am by no means new to web development as have made many on other CMS systems before now.
Anyway I have taken over running a site which has a theme that appears to have derived from the theme "twentyten".
The front page has a slider which scrolls several images and text. All other pages (excluding News) has a sidebar with some links/images in.
Now I am unable to find out where I am able to edit any of these as I need to change the images and text.
I have looked in Appearance >> widgets and none of the widget areas appear to have any content in.
I have changed which page is the home page for the site and this now has the slideshow at the top and what was the home page has the side bar.

I have had a look in the editor at "Sidebar" and "Home page page template" but no reference to the images or the text in either the Header or sidebar.

Any suggestions into how I can edit these parts of this site.

Many thanks in advance ( and appologies to the WP developers who see this as a very basic question)
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Question by:Simon Cripps
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by:Ray Paseur
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Have you checked into "child themes?"  This is the way most WP developers would extend a standard theme like 2010.
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by:eemit
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Take a look at functions.php in your theme and also to parents theme functions.php if your theme is a child theme. Perhaps this theme uses some WordPress shortcodes.

Can you change your WordPress Theme?
Backup your website first, then try to change your theme with a WordPress 8.1 default Theme Twenty Fourteen which also has a featured slider on front page.

Please note that Changing your WordPress theme is not a trivial task. This is often associated with many css changes.
You should have a maintenance plugin on, during this task.
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Simon Cripps earned 0 total points
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Not sure that we are using a child theme here. I have had a look in the theme editor and have found two pages, front-page.php and page.php.
By testing these are the pages that control the front page and all other pages. Is this how Wordpress normally works. I can't see references to these pages in the functions.php page, are they set in default elsewhere in wordpress or the twenty ten theme.

I am assuming that making changes to these pages will be fine (just text changes)
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by:Simon Cripps
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This worked for me. not sure if page.php was a child page, if so then I'd be happy to change answer.
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