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  • Resolved Shawn Q


    Hi all!

    I’ve become quite familiar with WordPress the last few months and have been a Web Designer for about 2 years now and I’m loving it. However, say I buy a theme or use a premade theme and completely alter the CSS. Couple issues I’m unclear with:

    1. Would it then be alright to change the Theme info?
    2. Would I be able to attribute this type of design work to my portfolio, even though the functionality and code belongs to the developer of the original theme?

    This is still a nebulous area for me. Any help would be great, thanks.

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  • When shopping for a theme, most theme authors state what you can / cannot do with their theme. If the theme comes with a GNU General Public License [] you’ll have all the freedom you can want.
    It’s allways polite though to give credit where credit is due. So reveiling ‘your sources’ e.g. in the top of your code / in a credits section is nice.

    Of course, the GNU License, great, thank you! I feel that most themes are built upon others’ work anyways (e.g. UI elements, design layouts, js sliders, plugins etc.). I just want to make sure that I’m giving credit where its due and want to be clear where the line is drawn in cases like altering the HTML/CSS of a theme and adding my own custom UI design elements and graphics so that I can use the site for showcasing.

    It also seems discouraging to see so much contention towards the use of themes. I know how to design and I’m decent developer, but whats with all the hate? I mean if using templates are wrong then using premade code and plugins that others have developed also has to be looked down upon but its not. I guess I’m just trying to understand where the shift it credit changes.

    Moderator Andrew Nevins


    Forum moderator

    but whats with all the hate?

    Themes with licenses not GPL go against the open-source philosophy of the web. Meaning you may not be able to customise them.

    It’s in your own interest to use for GPL themes.

    Thank You

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