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Used a template as the base for my own design. What now? (3 posts)

  1. killsurfcity
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I'm a novice coder, so I used a minimal simple theme to kick-start my design process. I have now modified the template so much, it bears no real resemblance to the original.
    Now I'm getting prompted to update my template, but that would revert my design to the original theme.
    Is there a way I could dissociate my modified theme from the original theme it's based on?


  2. andy@threecoaching
    Posted 3 years ago #

    It's very very important to do this. If you update you'll lose everything.

    There's various ways to do it (in terms of order) but generally speaking:

    1. Backup all your site just incase.
    2. Take a copy of your theme and rename it once it's on your hard disk.
    3. Take a screen shot of your site and copy it into the theme folder. I think there's already one in there, so maybe open it in photoshop and paste the screengrab over it - it must be the same name (screenshot.png) and same dimensions. Then upload the folder to the themes directory.
    4. Go into the top of style.css and modify the info there to something like this:

    Theme Name: Name
    Theme URI: http://www.blabla.com/wp-content/themes/yourtheme
    Description: bla
    Author: bla
    Version: bla
    Tags: bla, bla

    5. Save that and pick your theme from the appearance/themes menu.

    Like i say, you have to all that in a particular order but that's about the size of it. You can have a play as long as it's backed up, nothing can go wrong.

  3. killsurfcity
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Oh, great, that sounds relatively painless. Thanks!

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