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  • If I find a theme (a free one found on WordPress.org) I’d like to start with, am I allowed to drastically modify it for my own usage. At what point does it become “a new theme”? I’m not planning on selling any themes but I just can’t find a perfect theme and my attempts to make my own from scratch have failed, so I want to start with an existing theme structure that works (like a sidebar that takes widgets) but drastically change the design to what I want.

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  • you can do anything you like with them modification-wise

    you can modify the theme to any extent for your own use

    Thanks.

    Now just so I know. Assuming I’ve done a lot of tweaking so that it really looks very different from the original theme, what if I’m so proud of the work that I now want to share it with others as a brand new theme? Technically even if it looks very different there’s still a bunch of somebody else’s code in there, especially the widget sidebar section that I’m having so much trouble with. Can I still offer up “my” new theme to share with others even though it’s not 100% mine from scratch?

    gopanthers, I would get in touch with the theme’s developer and ask. Some people would welcome that, others wouldn’t.

    you can still offer the theme as long as you keep GPL licensing and author code comments

    when I used to do that, I just included in the style.css description ‘Based on blah blah theme by so and so’

    when I used to do that, I just included in the style.css description ‘Based on blah blah theme by so and so

    that’s perfect

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