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Is it possible to edit themes? (6 posts)

  1. timwayne
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I would like to adapt one theme for my own uses. Actually, there are elements of three themes I would like to combine. I would like to start with one and edit it until it has all the looks and features that I like. The problem is, I seem to be unable to edit the theme. Why is this? How do I surpass it?

  2. Michael Bishop

    Posted 9 years ago #

    http://www.urbangiraffe.com/themes/guides

    Is a great set of articles on breaking down the default theme and reconstructing it to your liking.
    There are numerous articles in the codex on the topic as well
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Main_Page

  3. timwayne
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    That section has some great content. But reading through it, I am still unable to find an answer to my particular problem. The problem is that the theme appears to be somehow locked. Here's a screenshot of the message I get: http://colocationblog.com/images/screenshot.gif (look in the red circle).

  4. Lorelle
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I can't access the graphic you are referring to, but if you mean that the bottom of the WordPress built-in Theme Editor has a line that says "If this file were writable you could edit it" or something like that, then you will have to change file permissions.

    http://codex.wordpress.org/changing_file_permissions

    And more specific information that will help you with your Theme changes and development:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Lessons
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Blog_Design_and_Layout
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Templates
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Stepping_Into_Template_Tags
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Development
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Themes
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Site_Architecture_1.5

  5. Michael Bishop

    Posted 9 years ago #

    Lorelle has touched on the permissions issue, and I'd add that though the theme editor feature is a good stop gap/quick fix editing option, for a more comprehensive tasks, such as you proposing (mashing 3 themes together), I would highly suggest editing your files with a text editor. I can't speak for the Windoze platform, as I'm on a mac, using cyberduck for ftp (which then allows me to directly edit files) and smultron for the editing.
    I've heard the apps filezilla and notepad plus thrown around the forums quite a bit, so perhaps a search for text editor would turn up one of the threads on the subject.

  6. A good list of text editors is available here:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Glossary#Text_editor

    [Microsoft Word is not a text editor.]

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