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How to rip wordpress themes?

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Anyone knows how to rip wordpress themes?
asked Jan 26, 2011 in Anything by anonymous

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How to copy a Wordpress Theme - Part 1:
this is not  a my own work I got it from another board
Copying the whole wordpress theme is not easy task but not too difficult as you think. In this post, I’m going to teach you how to copy the wordpress theme using Firefox and Firefox plugin called Firebug. But I’m afraid that my guideness will lead you to be a thief. Keep in mind that you should consider copyright and respect other’s people work. This tutorial will helps you to improve your knowledge of XHTML, CSS and the wordpress coding.

Before you start you must have Wordpress runing on your local machine, knowledge of XHTML, CSS and programming. And your computer must has Firefox installed and it’s plugin called Firebug.

So, lets get started. First, make a theme folder (name it whatever you like) under /wp-content/themes/. Visit the blog you like to copy it’s theme. Here, I’m using Wordpress’s classic theme. Copy the CSS codes from CSS tab in Firebug Windows .

Select all of CSS codes and paste into text editor (notepad). Put the following codes at the beginning of CSS codes previously copied into notepad. The following codes are used for wordpress theme information.

Theme Name: Your theme name
Theme URI: OpenDNS
Description: Your theme description blah blah blah
Version: 1.1
Author: Your name
Author URI: E-Commerce Hosting

Save it as style.css into theme folder you created under wp-content/themes/.
Firebug’s HTML tab collasped the heading tag and body tag by default. Create a index.php under your theme folder. Write the following codes.

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN” “http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd”>

<html xmlns=”http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml”>
<head profile=”http://gmpg.org/xfn/11?>



language_attributes() can be used to add lang, xml:lang and dir attributes to the html tag for your theme. Put this function after xmlns attribute in html tag.

<html xmlns=”h--p://w*w.w3.org/1999/xhtml” <?php language_attributes(); ?>>
Understanding BlogInfo functions
(replace the -- in h--p to http also w*w to www)(done because of live link)
BlogInfo returns the information you set in User Profile and General Options from your Wordpress Administration panel. Following codes are the basic information of your wordpress needed for html. Those codes must be inside heading <head> tags.

<meta http-equiv=”Content-Type” content=”<?php bloginfo(’html_type’); ?>; charset=<?php bloginfo(’charset’); ?>” />
<meta name=”generator” content=”WordPress <?php bloginfo(’version’); ?>” />
<link rel=”alternate” type=”application/rss+xml” title=”RSS 2.0? href=”<?php bloginfo(’rss2_url’); ?>” />
<link rel=”alternate” type=”text/xml” title=”RSS .92? href=”<?php bloginfo(’rss_url’); ?>” />
<link rel=”alternate” type=”application/atom+xml” title=”Atom 0.3? href=”<?php bloginfo(’atom_url’); ?>” />
<link rel=”pingback” href=”<?php bloginfo(’pingback_url’); ?>” />
<?php wp_get_archives(’type=monthly&format=link’); ?>
<?php wp_head(); ?>
<style type=”text/css” media=”screen”>
@import url( <?php bloginfo(’stylesheet_url’); ?> );
Use Better Search Engine Optimization title

<title><?php wp_title(”); ?> <?php if(is_single() || is_page() || is_category){ _e(’»’);}?><?php bloginfo(’name’); ?></title>
Title tag must be inside heading tags.

answered Jan 26, 2011 by romadoma Master (6,420 points)
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How to copy a Wordpress Theme - Part 2:
Let’s start copy the well-formed tag elements
Before you start this lesson, you must have the knowledge about html and wordpress coding. The idea is that we first copy the parent tag elements and then we copy it’s child elements. We repeat the process till all of the tags are copied.

Expand each tags and try to understand the functions used in the theme

It is important to know the wordpress functions used in the theme which you’re going to copy. First expand the tags and look up and determine what functions are used inside the tags.

An example for code shown in above,

Wordpress has bloginfo function that can generate the basic information of your wordpress I already mentioned. Right now, I’m going to change with the wordpress coding. The following codes will generate the result shown in above.

<h1><a href=”<?php bloginfo(’url’);?>“><?php bloginfo(’title’);?></a></h1>

<div class=”description”><?php bloginfo(’description’);?></div>
Many of wordpress theme creators used default posts query in the theme except custom one. Some used query_posts to make custom query for some purposed. It doesn’t matter. All are in the loop.

Understand the basic structure of Post looping

The Loop is used by WordPress to display each of your posts. Using The Loop, WordPress processes each of the posts to be displayed on the current page and formats them according to how they match specified criteria within The Loop tags. This is the basic structure of the_loop. Inside this we normally put the_title(), the_permalink(), the_content(), etc.

<?php if ( have_posts() ) : while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?>

<?php endwhile; else: ?>
<?php _e(’Sorry, no posts matched your criteria.’); ?>
<?php endif; ?>
If you’re doing programming, you can easily know that the following codes are generated from Loop.

The following codes will output shown above

<div id=”post-<?php the_ID(); ?>” class=”post”>

Expand that div you’ll see the following sub elements

Expand h2 tag element.

the_title and the_permalink

the_title returns the post title and the_permalink returns the permalink of your post. So rewrite with the
php code

<a title=”Permanet Link to <?php the_title();?>” rel=”bookmark” href=”<?php the_permalink();?>”>
<?php the_title();?></a>
the_time or the_date

the_time returns the all the date of your post. and the_date only returns the date of first post which is published in same day. I prefer you to use the_time

<small><?php the_time(’F d, Y’);?></small>
Check date time format from PHP.net

the_content returns the content of post. Optional parameter is used for showing read more link if the post used <!–more–>

<div class=”entry”>
the_content (’Read the rest of this entry’);

the_tags function return the tags link of the post. It was implemented in wordpress 2.3. the_tags(’start’, ’seperate’,’end’);

<p class=”postmetadata”>
the_tags (”Tags:”, “, “, “<br />”);
Wordpress uses header.php, index.php, single.php, page.php, category.php, search.php, comments.php, functions.php and footer.php for theme. Oh! you can use only index.php for your theme. But need to write more complicated codes when you’re using different style for different page. Let’s say, if you want main , single post and page different. You have to choose either conditional_tags or the page.

For example, the following code will show excerpt post while browsing the category, search, tags and main page. It shows full content when browsing … ? ha ha single post

<?php if (is_category() || is_search() || is_tags() || is_main()) {
}else {

I have tried it and it works

Last Minute
You can initially rip the entire site with a freeware tool called httrack easily found via google. And then use the method described by the OP.

Depending on if the site has offsite linked images and scripts you may need to change the default settings a bit to allow it to go offsite and obtain those files as well. Also if the site you are ripping has a robots.txt file you may need to change the options to completely ignore the robots.txt file so it can do it's job properly by default it is turned on to obey them.

After that you should have a nearly exact copy on your harddrive. Now fire up dreamweaver or your favorite html editor, and open up the index.html file from the ripped website now you can edit it at will. To make the php coding you add to work properly you will need to save-as index.php (for example) Then simply upload your files to your server and your on your way.

answered Jan 26, 2011 by romadoma Master (6,420 points) 1 flag
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Coppying a WordPress theme is similar than stealing it...

You should check out this video once to learn the process:-

answered Jun 1, 2015 by willson189 newbie (140 points)
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Hello friend!
If you are willing to copy whole site with directories, in conjunction with PHP files and everything then you should do the following:
Open that website whose theme you like to opt and press “CTRL + U” in Firefox. You will be able to see a window showing backend code of the website. Search for 
“.../wp-content/themes/<theme’s name & information> “
Thus you could find that theme name. Now all you need to do is hire a professional WordPress theme developer to make the same for you. Choice is all yours!
answered Jun 8, 2015 by ArnoldPhillips newbie (140 points)