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How to change copyright from My blog to something else (10 posts)

  1. annadon
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I'm creating a site in Chip Zero and want to know how to change the Copyright 2012 link from "My blog" to "Fraser McLean". I looked in the footer code but can't see anything obvious. I am not a programmer and am not very technical, so please explain what I need to do in simple terms. Thanks :-)

    Here's the footer code...or should I be looking somewhere else (couldn't spot anything obvious under 'Themes' but then again, I don't really know what to look for:

    <!-- Begin Footer -->
    <div id="footer">
    <div id="footerdata">
    <?php locate_template( array( CHIP_ZERO_FSROOT . 'common/copyright.php' ), true, false ); ?>
    </div>
    </div>
    <!-- End Footer -->

    </div>
    </div>
    <!-- End Wrap -->
    <?php locate_template( array( CHIP_ZERO_FSROOT . 'common/bottom.php' ), true, false ); ?>
    <?php wp_footer(); ?>
    </body>
    </html>

  2. michael.mariart
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    This line tells you everything:

    <?php locate_template( array( CHIP_ZERO_FSROOT . 'common/copyright.php' ), true, false ); ?>

    You are looking for a file called 'copyright.php' in the 'common' folder. This folder should be in the main folder of the theme as the constant value for CHIP_ZERO_FSROOT tells me that it's there.

  3. annadon
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks Michael. A VERY basic question (sorry!) but where would I find the 'common' folder? I looked in the Themes code and saw a number of headers that looked like this:

    /*
    |------------------
    | Sidebar Box - Common
    |------------------
    */

    Are these what you mean by folders? If 'yes' then I can't find one called 'Common' (there's nothing about copyright.php under the Sidebar Box - Common header).

  4. michael.mariart
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Its not in the code, it's in the file system. As an example...

    wp-content/
        plugins/
        themes/
            chipzero/
                common/
                    copyright.php
  5. annadon
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi Michael

    You're probably going to wish that you'd never responded to my post, but what's a file system? Or - more to the point - how do I go about finding it in WordPress and, once I'm in it, how do I open up the copyright.php folder and change "My blog" to "Fraser McLean"?

    Is it somewhere under Appearance - Editor?

    Honestly, I know next to nothing about computer programming.

  6. michael.mariart
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Think about how you find files on your normal home comptuer. They are organised in folders, and folders can have other folders and other files in them. That's the same as themes.

    I'm going to guess here that you uploaded the theme's ZIP file, or you did an automatic installation of it, and you didn't use FTP to put the themes files where they are supposed to go? if that's the case then you probably won't know where to look.

    The way to get around that is in the admin area. Go to 'Appearance => Editor' and you will see that there's a lsit of folders and files on the right-hand side. In that list there will be a folder named 'common' that contains a file called 'copyright.php'. You can edit that to change what you want to.

    If you can't find anything in that file that says "My Bog" or whatever the text that you want to change is, there's a very good chance that the text is coming from a setting in the theme somewhere, so have a look around the different admin menus and see whats there that references the theme name.

  7. annadon
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks for your patience, Michael. The Theme is ChipLife Zero. I didn't upload any ZIP files - just installed it automatically from WordPress.

    I had a look in Appearance - Editor but can't see a called 'Common'. Here's a cut and paste of what's in that list.

    Templates
    404 Template
    (404.php)
    Archives
    (archive.php)
    Category Template
    (category.php)
    config.php
    menus.php
    methods.php
    setup.php
    sidebars.php
    Comments
    (comments.php)
    Footer
    (footer.php)
    Theme Functions
    (functions.php)
    Header
    (header.php)
    Main Index Template
    (index.php)
    Page Template
    (page.php)
    Search Results
    (search.php)
    Search Form
    (searchform.php)
    Sidebar
    (sidebar.php)
    Single Post
    (single.php)
    Tag Template
    (tag.php)
    Styles
    Stylesheet
    (style.css)
    Visual Editor Stylesheet
    (editor-style.css)

    I would have thought that the Footer folder would be the logical place for it (or am I going in circles now?).

  8. michael.mariart
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Ok, I've just looked at my systems here, and you're (unfortuantely) right. That list onyl shows the files that are in the theme, not the folders. So because the file you want is inside a sub-folder, it's not accessible that way.

    As much as I hate to say it, this is where you'll need to look at a BIG learning curve. I've found some resources for you to have a read through. It will be scary, but this is what's needed.

    Theme development - http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Development
    Introduction to FTP - http://codex.wordpress.org/FTP_Clients
    Using FileZilla FTP - http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_FileZilla

    The basic story is, you use FTP to transfer the files between your PC and your web server. You can download the files to your PC, make the changes that you want, and upload them back to the web server again.

  9. annadon
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Crikey - that will involve a big learning curve indeed! I was hoping that something as simple as changing two words wouldn't be so complicated. Anyway, now I know. Thanks for your help, Michael.

    Cheers
    Anna

  10. michael.mariart
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    It probably is. Like I said before, there is most likely something in the admin area that lets you set what's shown in that area. You just need to find it.

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