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The Skinner plugin adds skin selection and editing to WordPress for Skinner compatible themes.

I'm a theme user. Why would I create skins?

Using skins is more maintainable that editing the theme directly.

If you are editing the theme, then when a new version of the theme comes out, you need to remember all the changes you made previously and apply them to the upgraded theme. Tracking down the changes can be a real pain.

If instead of editing the theme, you create a skin, then when a new version of the theme comes out, you can just copy your skins into the new theme. A few tweeks of your skin and the upgrade should be complete. Nice!

Can I skin a skin?

Yes you can. Just create a skin for the same theme and in the header of the 'style.css' file add Parent Skin: skinname

How do I put a skin switcher on my page, without using widgets?

Edit the theme you are using and place <?php skinner_skin_switcher() ?> where you would like the skin switcher to appear.

I'm a theme maintainer. Why would I create skins?

Using skins for your themes allows you maintain a single code base for the theme, but have a number of variations to it's look and feel. e.g., your theme might be blue by default, but you could have a green, yellow and pink skin. By providing skins for your theme, you can make it more applealing to a larger group of people, with very little extra work. Vistered Little and JSBox are both great examples of skinned themes.

How do I find out what CSS selectors to use to modify a specific element on the page?

Go and grab Firebug is you are using Firefox, of IE Developer Toolbar if you are using IE. Both of these plugins will allow you to inspect an element to find out what id and/or class it has and what CSS is currently applied to the element.

Requires: 2.3 or higher
Compatible up to: 2.3
Last Updated: 9 years ago
Active Installs: 100+


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