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  • I’ve just gotten all set up with a WordPress blog on my site and I’ve found a couple themes that work decently well with my site, but I want to tweak them a bit to make them better fit the overall look of the other pages on my site…

    The only problem is I can’t figure out how to go about editing the themes. Can it be done through the “wp-admin” portion of my site? I click on the “change your site’s look or theme” link and go to the “theme editor” but it says “If this file were writable you could edit it.”

    Are certain themes not able to be edited? I’ve searched all the various themes at, but don’t see anything distinguishing between editable and non-editable themes.

    Do I need to do the editing outside of WordPress?

    Thanks in advance for any help.

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  • The best way, imo, to edit theme files is to download them and backup and tweak them in Notepad (or any basic editor – never Word or Office, etc.) and re-upload them, testing between changes.

    You can edit them in the theme editor if you chmod the file(s) you want to work with to 666. Be sure and change only one thing at a time and test. Also, when finished, chmod back to 644 for site security.

    Thanks for the help, samboll. I’ll give it a go in a text editor…

    Just in case, however, how do I go about chmod the files to 666…and then back to 644? I’m working on a Mac, I don’t know if that would affect how to go about it or not.


    I’m using a certain theme at the moment (Diary Notes theme released by Top Tut and LW Design) and this credit is at the bottom. If I edit this theme, I no longer need to include the credit, right? I mean I don’t have a problem with the credit being there, but if I change the look of it, it is no longer Top Tut’s and LW Design’s theme, correct? Downloading a theme and then changing the look to fit my website makes me feel like I’m doing something wrong. Like copyright infringement or something. But this is ok to do? Also, can I do this from the admin section of my blog?

    While giving props is always a good thing – you may change the footer information.

    So this is ok to do? Also, can I do this from the admin section of my blog?

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