Welcome back to the 5th and final part of Lesson 1 of the Customize Thesis Like a Pro tutorial series. In this final part of the lesson, we are going to prepare our Thesis theme website for customization.
Dashboard Warning Message
And so here I am at the website. I’m going to go to wp-content, themes, thesis_18. In order to do that, I need to go look at the site itself first. I’ll come on over here and go to www.byobtutorial.com and then go to wp-admin. I was already logged in so we’ll go ahead and go to Thesis. And you can see we’ve got this error message here: “Attention: In order to take advantage of all the controls that the Thesis theme offers, you need to change the name of your custom-sample folder to custom.” We can see this again, also, if we go over to Custom File Editor. Again, you don’t see any custom files. There’s nothing for you to edit in the Custom File Editor and it still has this warning label.
Rename the custom-sample Folder
So the way we prepare our website for customization is by fixing this. Go back to FileZilla and we’ll connect back up to our site. wp-content, Themes, thesis_18. And you can see we have this thing named custom-sample. What we’re going to do is to right click on this file and say, “Rename” and we are going to rename it to custom. And now we have changed the name of custom on our remote website. And notice it does not change on our local directory.
So let’s go take a look at this and let’s refresh this now that we’ve made that change. And now you can see inside the Thesis Custom File Editor it’s got a whole bunch of stuff that you can do. We can select custom.css or custom_functions.php and when you select Edit, you can see that you’ve got these other files available to you. And if we go back to just the dashboard, that warning label has now gone away.
Make a Copy of Thesis on Our Local Machine
Now that we succeeded in doing that, let’s make a copy of Thesis on our local machine. We aren’t going to change custom-sample here to custom. What we’re going to do is leave custom sample alone and that way if you ever need a clean copy of custom.css or custom_functions.php, we can get it out of custom-sample.
Download Custom Folder
I’m going to right click on custom and select download. And now all of it has been copied over here. If we open up custom, you can see that in our local machine, we have the same thing as we have on our remote website – including images and rotator and our files – everything is transferred over the same.
Okay so that wraps up Part 5, Prepare our Website for Customization, of the Customize Thesis Like a Pro tutorial series.