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I am wondering at what point I can consider a theme "custom" for a client and give them IP ownership of the theme if I start out modifying a studiopress genesis childtheme? My modifications are typically really quite involved, but I have never built a child theme completely from scratch. Can anyone point me in the right direction here? I am trying to create a comprehensive contract for my clients, and I want to make reference to this. I am also wondering at what point I can list myself as an author on the stylesheet.
Thanks so much in advance,
My 2 cents would be if you have heavily modified the css, added functions and js, so that the theme no longer looks anything like the demo, then I would consider it a custom build.
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Personally, if I am modifying a child theme that was already created, I probably wouldn't classify it as a custom theme. I would suggest creating a base child theme on your own, and custom building from there, thus each of your projects would be a "custom theme". I have a base child theme and a core functionality plugin that I've built (you're welcome to fork - they're linked below), and each of my builds essentially starts with:
Custom Base Theme
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Core functionality plugin
Hope that helps!
Hi Lynne and Matt,
Thank you for your replies, I really appreciate them as I was struggling to find any material on this topic.
I think I will take on the new challenge of creating a base child theme so I can confidently claim that I am creating custom themes and also for the added benefit that I'll know in detail everything going on with the theme.
Thanks for the little push to make me take this on.
You can also use the Genesis Sample Theme as a starting point for your projects. Or you can use the Genesis Sample theme as a starting point to create your own starter theme. Then you can pick a part existing Genesis Child themes to learn how things are done such as registering sidebars, creating a front-page template, etc...
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