Announcing Mon Cahier, a new theme available for Free

I’m happy to announce that my second theme, Mon Cahier, has been accepted in the WordPress Theme Repository. This means that anyone can download it and install it for Free. This new theme is very simple, clean and elegant. It’s main purpose is to showcase your content. Please feel free to download it and let me know how you like it.


  1. Hello, I’ve installed this theme for my site and am very happy with it so far. However, the one feature I would like to have is the option of a ‘Read More’ style link to only have an excerpt of each blog post visible. Can you suggest a way to do this either in the CSS or via a plugin? Thanks very much.

  2. Hi Rachel,

    The best way to display the excerpt instead of the whole content is to create a child theme and then copy the content.php file in your child theme.
    Edit these lines:

    	<?php if ( is_search() ) : // Only display Excerpts for Search ?>
    	<div class="entry-summary">
    		<?php the_excerpt(); ?>
    	</div><!-- .entry-summary -->
    	<?php else : ?>
    	<div class="entry-content">
    		<?php the_content( __( 'Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">...</span>', 'mon_cahier' ) ); ?>
    		<?php wp_link_pages( array( 'before' => '<div class="page-links">' . __( 'Pages:', 'mon_cahier' ), 'after' => '</div>' ) ); ?>
    	</div><!-- .entry-content -->
    	<?php endif; ?>

    to simply:

    	<div class="entry-content">
    		<?php the_excerpt(); ?>
    	</div><!-- .entry-content -->
  3. I’ve created and uploaded the child theme using WP tutorials, but there’s no change to the appearance of the site at all. I cleared the cache and reloaded the page, as that was one suggestion if changes weren’t visible, but to no avail. Any further thoughts?

    1. I see that you inserted the php code in your style.css. That’s not how you do it. You need to make a copy of the whole index.php in your child folder and then make the change in that file. If that doesn’t work, I would recommend that you go to the forum and start a thread there. That’s a better area to get help and it will help others too.

  4. I’ll make the changes you suggested for the index.php file and check out the forums if it doesn’t work. Thanks again for helping a non-developer!

  5. This theme is fantastic, Christine! It was exactly what I was looking for.

    I’d like to change the size of the sidebar, to accomodate a 300×250 image in a text widget.

    Try as I might, I can’t figure out how to alter the width of the sidebar (as well as of the text body, which I assume will have to be narrowed in compensation?)

    Is this something you might be able to advise me on? If not, I completely understand — that you are offering the theme for free is so generous of you, I don’t want to take advantage of your good will.

    Thanks so much for creating this lovely theme, and for considering my question.

    1. Hi Eve, Thanks for the compliments. To change the dimensions, what you will first need to do is set yourself up with a child theme and in the css of your child theme, you can change the width of both the sidebar and content area.

      If you look at the area under layout, you will find these:

      .site-content {
      	float: left;
      	padding:30px 20px;
      #secondary {
      	float: right;
      	overflow: hidden;
      	width: 270px;
      	padding:30px 0;
      	font-size: 1.4rem;

      In your css, you would use something like so:

      .site-content {
      #secondary {
      	width: 310px;

      Also, please note that you should post these questions on the support forums so that others can also benefit from these answers. Next time, please visit the forum.

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