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Best practices on editing non-CSS parts of theme?

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  • Started 14 years ago by BrightBold
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  1. As I go along with my first WordPress design, I'm finding that some of the things I want to do seem to require modifying Thematic.

    I would like to only make changes to my child theme so I can upgrade Thematic at any time without breaking anything, but my understanding is that until we get to WordPress 2.7 the child theme can only override style.css and functions.php - is this correct? (Please let me know if I am making any bad assumptions here - this is why I'm seeking advice!)

    So far, the specific things I want to change are the way the post date is displayed and adding a logo div to the header that's separate from the blog-title. (I changed my date display in the WordPress settings but that doesn't seem to have had any effect - does Thematic have the date format hard-coded?) Are these both things that could be easily done in functions.php by someone who knew what they were doing (not me, yet, but there's only one way to learn this stuff)? Or am I better off just modifying Thematic until 2.7 comes out?

    Posted 14 years ago #
  2. To be honest the easiest way to do this would be to edit the theme files, keep track of them and back them up. Then when 2.7 drops copy them to your Child Theme and forget about them. When Thematic updates, they'll be updated too.

    Posted 14 years ago #
  3. Great - that's actually what I ended up doing. I'm commenting all my changes so they'll be easy to find and keeping a list of which files I've changed. Glad to know you think that was the best way to go.

    Posted 14 years ago #

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