Installing a theme with obsolete instructions??

Trying to install a theme for the very first time... SURPRISE! The instructions don't match what is in the ZIP file. According to the instructions, I should be looking for 2 folders in the "theme" folder which is included in the ZIP. Well - there isn't two - there's only one; and they're not named the same thing that the instructions say. Ok - so now after an hour of searching through the damned thing - I realize that they are Generic Instructions ... which don't even reflect what the zip file looks like at all.

Gawsh it sure is great to know that I've shelled out yet another $100+ dollars just so I can write this great support ticket. Putting in the ACTUAL instructions would be something I must have to pay a different premium for I guess.

SO am I to assume that if I click "Upload" in the (add new) page for themes on my network - it will just install the thing properly??? Or do I actually need to read and follow the instructions and try to imagine what they really mean about the file structure of the theme and such?

  • DavidM
    • DEV MAN’s Mascot

    Hi BigCat,

    Sorry if the directions seemed confusing to you, we'll look into clarifying them as they do seem a bit daunting. When it comes down to it though, the instructions actually give the optimal installation method, using FTP, and walking you through the process (which itself can be daunting for those not accustomed to FTP).

    However, you actually can install the downloaded theme directly from your admin area by going to Themes > Add New > Upload, selecting the downloaded file and pressing the Upload button.

    Perhaps that'll work for you instead?


  • DavidM
    • DEV MAN’s Mascot

    The footer section's all contained in the footer.php file in the theme folder. You can edit that as you like, and the relevant section you're referring to starts on line 11. You can also edit this right from your admin area at Appearance > Editor, where you can select the footer.php file for editing.

    It's actually best to use a child theme to make changes and Network actually provides a child theme in the following folder:

    You can move that folder into your /wp-content/themes/ folder so that it'll be at the following:

    With that, you could copy the footer.php file from the main theme folder into this child theme folder and make your edits there.

    I realize this seems a bit complex, but it's not totally necessary. It's just that using a child theme to make edits will ensure those edits don't get overwritten when the theme is updated.

    Hope this helps!


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