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Required WordPress Theme Files vs “Required”

The Required WordPress Theme Files

There are only 2 files that are actually required in a WordPress theme for it to be detected and applicable in WordPress. Those 2 files are style.css and index.php.

And then there are those “unsaid” files – those “secret” requirements that become the scuttlebutt amongst developers and are the difference between a good quality theme or “What noob built this thing?!”

So how far do you go? Aside from the required WordPress theme files, what files should actually be present in a theme regardless of whether they’re literally required and why? Well I’ve gone through a fair share of WordPress builds, and I’d like to share my thoughts on that.

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How to Change Admin Labels in WordPress

This is a neat trick to know about. 🙂 How to change admin labels in WordPress @ blog.iamcreative. This can come in handy if you’re using…

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How to Apply a Template to Sub-categories

The big question: Does category.php apply to the children of the targeted category?

The answer: No. So now what?

For those not familiar with the power of category.php within a theme, you can catch up here. In a nutshell, you can apply a custom template to a specific category just by naming the template file with a convention that gets automatically picked up by WordPress. It’s a really awesome feature to take advantage of, but there’s one problem.

Category.php will not apply to the category’s children/sub-categories.  So then, how do we apply a template to sub-categories? After lurking around online to find forum threads like this, and brainstorming with a co-worker of mine, I found some solutions to the problem and wanted to share them.

Before we begin:

  • You should have some knowledge as to how category.php works in a theme
  • You should have some basic understanding of PHP or at the very least, have taken a look at WordPress’ Conditional Tags
  • You should have access to your theme’s files for editing purposes
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WordPress 4.0 is out!

Here is where you can download it! Here is where WordPress is introducing it with a few demo videos! Aaaand here’s a handy Tuts+ Guide…

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Design School for Developers

http://webdesign.tutsplus.com/series/design-school-for-developers–webdesign-13793 A series of articles aimed to expose web developers to the design process, starting from planning a project, building wireframes and color theory, to…

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