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  • I was making a WordPress theme I named Origami. Problem is that since there is a free theme in the WordPress directory with that name, it tells me “update” to the newest version of the the theme…which is a totally different theme. Apparently the name is the only identifier WP uses to match themes to ones in it’s directory and tell you to update.

    Of course I can use a different name…but what if a theme gets added to the WP directory with the same name as one I’ve already released? The point is, I need some method of separating my themes from possible themes of the same name in the directory in order to stop buyers from clicking the “Update Theme” link and deleting their current theme for one they didn’t expect. I could brand them in the actual title (such as “Origami by XXX”) but that’s not preferable.

    Does anyone know how to go about doing this?

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  • esmi


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    You could try starting your theme version numbering at (say) 100. That should stop any upgrade notices.

    Very true. I am hoping for a more elegant and behind-the-scenes solution, such as a WP function/setting that will tell it not to check for theme updates or something. But if it turns out that doesn’t exist then I may have to do something like that, thanks.

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