If someone could point me in the right direction. I had been editing a wordpress theme based on Brian Wood's tutorial. Now I set up a new Dwvr site and want to edit a different theme, but the root- level index.php and the theme level index.php or that custom home.php still reflect the old theme when I try to view it at //localhost. I have WordPress installed in my root-level folder. Do I need to change the file structure, or is this a database configuration issue? Thank you.
Themes are applied to the site from the on-line WordPress Admin Panel.
Are you making a child theme?
Unless you're an expert coder, the only files you should be editing are those in your Themes folder. Tampering with code outside the Themes folder could result in a broken site. Creating Child Themes saves you from yourself -- in the event you ruin your new Theme, you can always revert back to the original one.
Thanks Nancy, I would like to work on just the theme files, like in the tutorial which was pretty straightforward. It appears the root-level index.php also has a purpose though, and that it must pertain to one theme or another within the content/themes folder. For now they all revert to the original theme I was working with.
I have 2 WP sites that I'm currently working on. Nancy is spot on when she suggests having a child theme. You can break it all day long on your localhost and then once its perfect FTP it to your server.... Good luck!
I understand child themes as an extention of a stylesheet. It's the div structure, and the ability to manipulate divs that just isn't clear in WordPress. If I'm not mistaken, it seems that templates are more or less includes, and that there is overlap between them, and the div architecture throughout the entire theme. The tutorial link from Nancy is newer to me, in terms of applying thematics, I'll have to look at it in greater detail some other time. Is the tutorial: http://www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/articles/dw_wordpress_pt1.html just very outdated? I like doing things in Dreamweaver, if I can, just for fun.
Update: So a child theme can manipulate the structure of a theme, but generally within the limitations of that theme. For example, the twenty-twelve theme allows for a number of columns, which I can manipulate based on my choice, and the child theme. I am guessing it would be ludicrous to do something completely different from the general structure of that theme though. In that case I would look for a theme similar to what my end goal is, or then I would have to be an expert. Still wondering about that Adobe tut. though.
Thanks. I figured it out. Yes, it was just a matter of applying the different theme at the admin panel within the same site. The brilliant thing is that I learned a bunch about the multi-site installs along the way. Troubleshooting can be quite rewarding.