Is it possible to edit themes? (6 posts)

  1. timwayne
    Posted 11 years ago #

    I would like to adapt one theme for my own uses. Actually, there are elements of three themes I would like to combine. I would like to start with one and edit it until it has all the looks and features that I like. The problem is, I seem to be unable to edit the theme. Why is this? How do I surpass it?

  2. Michael Bishop

    Posted 11 years ago #


    Is a great set of articles on breaking down the default theme and reconstructing it to your liking.
    There are numerous articles in the codex on the topic as well

  3. timwayne
    Posted 11 years ago #

    That section has some great content. But reading through it, I am still unable to find an answer to my particular problem. The problem is that the theme appears to be somehow locked. Here's a screenshot of the message I get: http://colocationblog.com/images/screenshot.gif (look in the red circle).

  4. Lorelle
    Posted 11 years ago #

    I can't access the graphic you are referring to, but if you mean that the bottom of the WordPress built-in Theme Editor has a line that says "If this file were writable you could edit it" or something like that, then you will have to change file permissions.


    And more specific information that will help you with your Theme changes and development:


  5. Michael Bishop

    Posted 11 years ago #

    Lorelle has touched on the permissions issue, and I'd add that though the theme editor feature is a good stop gap/quick fix editing option, for a more comprehensive tasks, such as you proposing (mashing 3 themes together), I would highly suggest editing your files with a text editor. I can't speak for the Windoze platform, as I'm on a mac, using cyberduck for ftp (which then allows me to directly edit files) and smultron for the editing.
    I've heard the apps filezilla and notepad plus thrown around the forums quite a bit, so perhaps a search for text editor would turn up one of the threads on the subject.

  6. James Huff
    Support Representative
    Posted 11 years ago #

    A good list of text editors is available here:


    [Microsoft Word is not a text editor.]

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