Setting the name and identity of a new wordpress theme

Step 1. Create a new folder for your new theme

  1. Create a folder and files from scratch, or
  2. Copy an existing theme.

Put this new folder in the wp-content/themes/directory of your WordPress installation and give the folder your new name.  Having a different folder name will not make your new theme show up in the WordPress admin panels.

Step 2. Modify the style.css file within your new theme's folder

1) In the wp-content/themes/myNewTheme/style.cssfile change the value of the Theme Name: comment to the name you would like to see in your WordPress / Appearance / Themes / panel.

/* Theme Name: myNewThemeName

2) In the same style.cssfile change the value of the Version: comment to the version you would like to see in your WordPress / Appearance / Themes / panel. The .x.y represents the major and minor version of your theme.

/* ... Version: myThemeVersion.x.y

Step 3. You will also want to create a modified or new screenshot.jpg (or .png) file as well.