Experience Combining Wordpress Themes?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by HoosPhotog, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2011
    I am in the process of building a website for my soon-to-launch freelance photography business and have been trying to select a good Wordpress theme I can use or adapt for my needs. I've found two that each have some features I really like, and I others I dislike.

    So, I'm wondering if anyone has any experience combining themes? I realize that's not an easy task, so any guidance is much appreciated. I'm a bit of a newbie to web development (thus a wordpress-based site with an off the shelf theme so far), but I learn quickly don't get intimidated by complex processes if it is one.

    The themes are:

    I like Bones for the performance and Photo for the clean layout and nice Social placement. However, if this is a fool's errand I would appreciate knowing that (and why it is) as well.

  2. fig
    macrumors 6502a

    Jun 13, 2012
    Houston, TX
    Without really knowing what you're doing on the coding side, attempting to combine two themes developed separately is probably more trouble than it's worth (I say that not having looked at these particular themes in depth).

    As you've said you don't have much experience with this, your best bet would probably be to go with the layout you like and look for WP plug-ins to add the other features.
  3. macrumors member


    Oct 6, 2004
    Inland Empire, CA
    Could not agree with this more. It would be, most likely, ridiculously time consuming to attempt to combine to completely different themes. The CSS, and more importantly, the Functions / Hooks, and how they're called, could all be completely different. It could turn into a massive headache / nightmare, real fast.

    Definitely better off just finding a theme that you're happy with, and using WP plug-ins to add on additional functionality; or, writing your own if you're willing to sit down and learn how. :)

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