I'm really stuck on this - this follows on from this post:

How to override parent functions in child themes

I can't figure out how to override Twenty Ten's set_post_thumbnail_size() function. I've put my code below for the other overrides I'm doing, but nothing happens when I add this to my function twentyten_child_theme_setup():

set_post_thumbnail_size( array(100,100) , array("class" => "alignleft post_thumbnail"), true );

I'm inserting the thumbnail in my loop like this:

<?php if ( function_exists("has_post_thumbnail") && has_post_thumbnail() ) {
the_post_thumbnail(array(100,100), array("class" => "alignleft post_thumbnail"));
} else { ?>
<img src="<?php echo bloginfo('stylesheet_directory'); ?>/images/thumb-default.jpg" alt="thumb-default" width="100" height="100" />
<?php } ?>

Here's my function below - can anyone help me override this pesky function?



function twentyten_child_theme_setup() {

    function osu_twentyten_widgets_init() {
        // Siedbar 1, located on LHS sidebar
        register_sidebar( array(
            'name' => __( 'Primary Widget Area', 'twentyten-child' ),
            'id' => 'primary-widget-area',
            'description' => __( 'The primary widget area where the navigation goes', 'twentyten-child' ),
            'before_widget' => '<li id="%1$s" class="widget-container %2$s">',
            'after_widget' => '</li>',
            'before_title' => '<h3 class="widget-title">',
            'after_title' => '</h3>',
        ) );
        // Area 2, located on RHS sidebar
        register_sidebar( array(
            'name' => __( 'Secondary Widget Area', 'twentyten-child' ),
            'id' => 'secondary-widget-area',
            'description' => __( 'The secondary widget area', 'twentyten-child' ),
            'before_widget' => '<li id="%1$s" class="widget-container %2$s">',
            'after_widget' => '</li>',
            'before_title' => '<h3 class="widget-title">',
            'after_title' => '</h3>',
        ) );
    /* Deregister sidebar in parent */
    remove_action( 'widgets_init', 'twentyten_widgets_init' );
    /** Register sidebars by running twentyten_widgets_init() on the widgets_init hook. */
    add_action( 'widgets_init', 'osu_twentyten_widgets_init' );

    function osu_readon_link() {
        return ' <a href="'. get_permalink() . '" class="readmore">' . __( 'Read More', 'twentyten-child' ) . '</a>';
    // Function to override
    function osu_twentyten_custom_excerpt_more( $output ) {
        if ( has_excerpt() && ! is_attachment() ) {
            $output .= osu_readon_link();
        return $output;
    remove_filter( 'get_the_excerpt', 'twentyten_custom_excerpt_more' );
    add_filter( 'get_the_excerpt', 'osu_twentyten_custom_excerpt_more' );

/* IMPORTANT: Run the code for parent function overrides (involving hooks and filters) after theme setup! */
add_action( 'after_setup_theme', 'twentyten_child_theme_setup' );

1 Answer 1


What exactly do you mean by nothing happens ?

Technically you don't need to remove set_post_thumbnail_size(), as I understand from code - simply making your own call later will overwrite size.

There are two ways you can handle this:

  1. Adjust your setup function to later priority. Child theme is processed before parent theme. So when you hook with default priority - setup functions are also executed in that order. So add_action( 'after_setup_theme', 'twentyten_child_theme_setup', 11 );

  2. Plug your own twentyten_setup() function. It is wraped in if ( ! function_exists( 'twentyten_setup' ) ) condition in Twenty Ten. So simply copy it to your theme and make changes you need - your version will run instead of original one.

  • Sorry for the delay Rarst, been away. I sorted this problem out by just using the_post_thumbnail('thumbnail'); and other variations with 'medium' and 'large' as setting my own width and height wasn't working for me. As the function is set within the twentyten_theme_setup function, you're correct that I should have just stated the function again in my child theme's functions.php file! Thanks for the pointer
    – Osu
    Feb 5, 2011 at 21:04

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