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  • I’m creating a site in Chip Zero and want to know how to change the Copyright 2012 link from “My blog” to “Fraser McLean”. I looked in the footer code but can’t see anything obvious. I am not a programmer and am not very technical, so please explain what I need to do in simple terms. Thanks 🙂

    Here’s the footer code…or should I be looking somewhere else (couldn’t spot anything obvious under ‘Themes’ but then again, I don’t really know what to look for:

    <!– Begin Footer –>
    <div id=”footer”>
    <div id=”footerdata”>
    <?php locate_template( array( CHIP_ZERO_FSROOT . ‘common/copyright.php’ ), true, false ); ?>
    <!– End Footer –>

    <!– End Wrap –>
    <?php locate_template( array( CHIP_ZERO_FSROOT . ‘common/bottom.php’ ), true, false ); ?>
    <?php wp_footer(); ?>

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  • This line tells you everything:

    <?php locate_template( array( CHIP_ZERO_FSROOT . 'common/copyright.php' ), true, false ); ?>

    You are looking for a file called ‘copyright.php’ in the ‘common’ folder. This folder should be in the main folder of the theme as the constant value for CHIP_ZERO_FSROOT tells me that it’s there.

    Thanks Michael. A VERY basic question (sorry!) but where would I find the ‘common’ folder? I looked in the Themes code and saw a number of headers that looked like this:

    | Sidebar Box – Common

    Are these what you mean by folders? If ‘yes’ then I can’t find one called ‘Common’ (there’s nothing about copyright.php under the Sidebar Box – Common header).

    Its not in the code, it’s in the file system. As an example…


    Hi Michael

    You’re probably going to wish that you’d never responded to my post, but what’s a file system? Or – more to the point – how do I go about finding it in WordPress and, once I’m in it, how do I open up the copyright.php folder and change “My blog” to “Fraser McLean”?

    Is it somewhere under Appearance – Editor?

    Honestly, I know next to nothing about computer programming.

    Think about how you find files on your normal home comptuer. They are organised in folders, and folders can have other folders and other files in them. That’s the same as themes.

    I’m going to guess here that you uploaded the theme’s ZIP file, or you did an automatic installation of it, and you didn’t use FTP to put the themes files where they are supposed to go? if that’s the case then you probably won’t know where to look.

    The way to get around that is in the admin area. Go to ‘Appearance => Editor’ and you will see that there’s a lsit of folders and files on the right-hand side. In that list there will be a folder named ‘common’ that contains a file called ‘copyright.php’. You can edit that to change what you want to.

    If you can’t find anything in that file that says “My Bog” or whatever the text that you want to change is, there’s a very good chance that the text is coming from a setting in the theme somewhere, so have a look around the different admin menus and see whats there that references the theme name.

    Thanks for your patience, Michael. The Theme is ChipLife Zero. I didn’t upload any ZIP files – just installed it automatically from WordPress.

    I had a look in Appearance – Editor but can’t see a called ‘Common’. Here’s a cut and paste of what’s in that list.

    404 Template
    Category Template
    Theme Functions
    Main Index Template
    Page Template
    Search Results
    Search Form
    Single Post
    Tag Template
    Visual Editor Stylesheet

    I would have thought that the Footer folder would be the logical place for it (or am I going in circles now?).

    Ok, I’ve just looked at my systems here, and you’re (unfortuantely) right. That list onyl shows the files that are in the theme, not the folders. So because the file you want is inside a sub-folder, it’s not accessible that way.

    As much as I hate to say it, this is where you’ll need to look at a BIG learning curve. I’ve found some resources for you to have a read through. It will be scary, but this is what’s needed.

    Theme development –
    Introduction to FTP –
    Using FileZilla FTP –

    The basic story is, you use FTP to transfer the files between your PC and your web server. You can download the files to your PC, make the changes that you want, and upload them back to the web server again.

    Crikey – that will involve a big learning curve indeed! I was hoping that something as simple as changing two words wouldn’t be so complicated. Anyway, now I know. Thanks for your help, Michael.


    It probably is. Like I said before, there is most likely something in the admin area that lets you set what’s shown in that area. You just need to find it.

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