Document minimum files and file contents in themes child folder (6 posts)

  1. sholarpk
    Posted 5 years ago #

    WP v3.x Docs doesn't describe in detail what files and file content must be present for WP Dashboard to recognize a theme (broken or not) as a candidate to be activated. This is VERY BASIC INFORMATION, and it's why I'm presently stumped at Square 1 in crafting a new theme from scratch by following this tutorial:

  2. sholarpk
    Posted 5 years ago #

    If WP Dashboard is not going to intelligent enough to fail properly when the proper minimal set of themes child folder files and file contents aren't recognized, then please provide copies of such a set of files with the WP package out of the box! Don't allow this poorly handled failure mode to stop the very new user dead in his/her tracks!

  3. Rev. Voodoo
    Posted 5 years ago #

    What part of

    style.css is the one and only required file in a child theme.

    from: http://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes#The_required_style.css_file

    Isn't explicit enough for you?

    style.css, with a header....is all you need to activate a child theme. It needs to be in a folder. If you want to upload it through the wp interface, then than folder needs to be zipped.

    is an article I wrote about child themes, not sure if it will help you any. It's about as in depth as I am able to be with my limited writing style

    Why should extra files be included with Wp because someone doesn't do their research? Wp can't be everything to everyone out of the box. It's software. Code. You need to learn it if you want it to do your bidding. Otherwise a managed blog environment like wordpress.com may be better suited

  4. sholarpk
    Posted 5 years ago #

    The problem is, what it says is inaccurate compared to what I see WP actually doing. A styles.css containing only a comment, plus a set of completely empty *.php files results in that stub "theme" not being recognized as such by WP Dashboard. What am I supposed to think of this SILENT failure mode? (Not my definition of quality.)

    If the WP community actively discourages development of themes from scratch, then the status quo in the WP release (i.e., providing no "minimal" set of theme file for beginning development from scratch) is the way to go. Otherwise, the installed WP package should include a set of minimal files ready for theme development from scratch, like every other development-ready software product in the world.

    You don't want to know my opinion of WP's docs. I used to make a living writing software product documentation.

  5. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 5 years ago #

    A styles.css containing only a comment, plus a set of completely empty *.php files results in that stub "theme" not being recognized as such by WP Dashboard.

    I've produced perfectly effective starter child themes that contain only a style.css file and an empty functions.php file without the slightest problem.

  6. I suspect you did something wrong, then.

    Theme Name:     Twenty Ten Child
    Theme URI:      http: //example.com/
    Description:    Child theme for the Twenty Ten theme
    Author:         Your name here
    Author URI:     http: //example.com/about/
    Template:       twentyten
    Version:        0.1.0

    See the line for Template:? Make sure that points to a VALID template name :) AND make sure the Theme Name is original.

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