I've been trying to teach myself how to to make child themes. Tried following a couple of the tutorials on themeshaper.com but kept getting to a point where I just couldn't get something to work properly. I'm fairly versed in html, CSS, and have been using Wordpress for a few years [solely for the past 5]. Know enough about php to figure out what a piece of code means but don't know how to do it really.
A few days ago I found a book from sitepoint called "Build Your Own Wicked Wordpress Theme" which uses Thematic and the Thematic Sample Child Theme to demonstrate.
Everything went fine 'till I got to a part where it started dealing with home.php which was based on index.php of Thematic. I set it up and when I checked out the site things were quite confusing.
The action I had set to happen on the home page happened on the page I had set up for posts. I couldn't get it to work and after a few frustrating hours re-loaded WP on the site and started over. I still hit the same snag even though before trying anything I made sure to set a home page and a posts page.
Same thing when I got to that point in the instruction. So I thought maybe it was because it was on an MU site. I took a fresh virgin domain and installed WP on it making sure to set it up with home and posts pages, even populated it with standard WordPress Theme Unit Test Data for content.
So what does WP consider the home page? I was certain it was the default page that one would land on when typing www.somesite.com - in HTML that would be the index page.
Could someone point me in the right direction?