WordPress FAQ Plugin (CMFAQ) - Advanced - Creating Custom Theme


Creating a Custom Theme

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Use Child Themes Or Changes Will Be Overwritten

When you update a parent theme, the folder with template files created for the CM plugin will be deleted.

However, if you are working with a child version of that theme and update it, the files will not be deleted.

Learn more: CM Video Lessons Manager (CMVLM) - Creating Custom Template

Advanced Process

Editing or creating a template can be complex and requires some CSS and JavaScript knowledge.

Learn some general tips: General Support - Advanced - Creating and Editing Custom Templates

With the WordPress FAQ plugin, admins can create a custom template for the FAQ index page and question page.


How to install a custom template

  1. Copy the frontend folder
    1. Navigate to the WordPress directory → wp_content → plugins → cm-faq-pro → views and copy the the folder frontend.

      Copying the front-end folder - WordPress FAQ Schema Plugin
      Copying the front-end folder
  2. Place folder inside CMF
    1. Go to the wp_content → themes folder
    2. Find the active theme which one you want to customize
    3. Add the folder CMF to it
    4. Paste the frontend folder inside
    5. The path should looks like this: wp_content/themes/your_active_theme/CMF/frontend

      Placing copied folder inside theme folder - Accordion FAQ WordPress Plugin
      Placing copied folder inside theme folder

Back-End Settings

Navigate to the Admin Dashboard → CM FAQ → Options

Navigation to the plugin options - WordPress Searchable FAQ Plugin
Navigation to the plugin options

Head to the Template tab. After creating your own templates and creating a directory for them, the relevant names will appear in the dropbox Default template (for FAQ index page), and in the Page layout for single FAQ question (this option was introduced in version 1.8.0). Each template needs to include several files and follow the directory structure as the default template. Choose the template and click Save Changes.

Template settings - WordPress Plugin for Expanding FAQ
Template settings

Customizing template

After copying the files and creating a new template you will probably need to customize it to suit your needs.

To customize template, open the files you copied to the current theme folder.


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