Support » Themes and Templates » Can I remove a theme entirely/use my own CSS?

  • I’m a web designer who is new to WordPress. I designed a site, uploaded it to Dreamhost, and installed WordPress. I used the code that is listed here: for the “The World’s Simplest Index Page” – plus the requisite php code that tells it to require the wp blog header – just to see if I could get my blog to appear on my page. It worked, and it appeared with the default theme (“Twenty Ten”). So I put in the code
    <?php define('WP_USE_THEMES', false); get_header(); ?>
    to eliminate the theme…it appears to have worked, in that the header image that appeared at first is now gone. However, in my WordPress control panel, in Themes, it still says the current theme is Twenty Ten, and style.css is still the Twenty Ten stylesheet (though I don’t know if making changes to it would change my site at all).

    So, I give all that information to ask: is the theme actually removed now? If so, what style sheet is controlling the page (so that I can edit it)? I currently have my own stylesheet applied to the parts I designed – is there a way to find out what classes and IDs I need in order to control the look of the blog elements from there, or will another stylesheet override it?

    By the way, while I have some experience with the guess-and-check method of editing code, I’m not very familiar with PHP, so if I need to make changes there (which I’m sure I will eventually), you’ll need to speak s-l-o-w-l-y for me. 🙂

    Thanks for any help.

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