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How to completely re-design a parent theme (5 posts)

  1. pdoransdesign
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I want to use a parent theme to create my own child theme and basically create a completely new look so that the old theme is barely recognizable ( I don't have the knowledge to start a theme from scratch ). I am fairly new to all this and don't know much PHP and CSS and I wondered how much I will need to know to completely re-design the parent theme?

    So For example I would use twenty eleven theme as that seems to be suggested by most places to easily customise, and then I want to re-design my own website using this theme as a base and then install plugins for sliders, footers, headers, menus etc. is this possible? Also will people be able to tell I have used a parent theme?

  2. alchymyth
    The Sweeper & Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    will people be able to tell I have used a parent theme

    easy answer first: very likely yes, the information might be for instance in style.css, in the folder paths etc.

    if you don't want anybody to know what you have based your theme on, you might be better off to 'fork' a theme, i.e. save it under a different name, and edit it directly.

    how much I will need to know to completely re-design the parent theme?

    pretty much as much as you would need to know to customise any theme; a child theme does not make large customisations easier.

  3. pdoransdesign
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Great, thanks for your help. So if I were to make a website for a client (therefore I wouldn't want them to know what theme I used) what is the best option?

    You mentioned Forking a theme.. can you offer advice on what you mean or where I can find out more?

    Thanks

  4. alchymyth
    The Sweeper & Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    (therefore I wouldn't want them to know what theme I used)

    depends on what you are charging for - customisation or theme design - and how honest you are with your clients.

    Forking a theme

    general, save the theme in a different folder, change the theme name and info in style.css, etc.

    however, there are always clues left to a theme's origin, for instance in variable and function names, in the localisation etc.

    start by reeading:
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Development

  5. Andrew Bartel
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Don't take jobs you aren't qualified for. More importantly, be upfront and honest with your clients. It sounds like you're just starting out or venturing into a field/set of languages you don't have a lot of experience in. The last thing you want to do is burn a client on one your initial projects. Tell them you're going to modify some software instead of writing it from scratch to save them time and money, everyone loves to hear that.

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