Access to index.php

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    I’m trying to change some things on my theme. Is there a way to do this on the PHP/HTML side it’s not possible to do it in CSS?

    God help me I’m lost …

    The blog I need help with is


    We cannot edit those files here at wordpress.COM. This is a multi-user platform which means we all share the same underlying theme and wordpress files. Any change by one person would change it for everyone using that theme.


    What are you trying to do by the way? Perhaps we have some tricks up our sleeve.


    If you want full access to the PHP code, you can switch to a self-hosted setup. Otherwise, we can try to see what can be done with just CSS.



    No there is not. We cannot access those files and we cannot edit templates and themes. All blog here wearing the same theme are using the same template. Only Staff can access and edit and every edit they make affects all blogs wearing the same theme. CSS editing cannot be used to change functionality It can only be used to change appearance.

    Does the Custom Design upgrade let me edit HTML?
    No. The Custom Design upgrade allows you to edit fonts and CSS only. You can change the appearance of a theme, but not its HTML markup, PHP code, or content. You can choose to apply your custom fonts or custom stylesheet to any of the themes available on Some themes, like the plain but versatile Sandbox and Toolbox, are blank canvases waiting for your custom fonts, CSS and images.

    When you alter a theme’s stylesheet, you only need to put in the Editor the modification/additions to the CSS, not the entire thing. Read this for more info:

    I also see you are using the Structure theme and would like to post this link to an article that explains how that theme is coded to operate as it’s an unusual theme.


    Hope @mguillen0 doesn’t think we ganged up on him. :-)



    @TSP & designsimply
    G’day to you we were a ♫trio♫

    Hope what we posted didn’t overwhelm you. :)



    No, it helps a lot. Thanks all! I appreciate it.

    This is what I’m trying to do. I’m using a theme that (I suppose) is mostly used for blogging. I’m not interested in that. I have a main image but it’s repeated at the bottom under the main image. I was wondering if there was a way to mask that out and hide it.


    You are using the Structure theme, which is pretty specialized compared to other past themes even.

    I looked at your site and I see the duplicate image. The slideshow on the home page of Structure is designed to pull the latest images from whatever posts appear on the home page. You could hide the whole homepage posts section like this:

    #homepage {
         display: none !important;


    @designsimply: You’re a genius and a half! I would ask how to remove the dark bars but at this point, I’m going to quit while I’m ahead! You’ve saved me from a lot of grief! Thanks SO much!

    I’m a beginner in all this.


    If you are talking about the dark bar right above the comment, this will get rid of it.

    #homepagetop .textbanner {
    border-bottom: none;

    Actually I should have scrolled down. This gets rid of the two black border lines above and below the top section.

    #homepagetop, #homepagetop .textbanner {
    border-bottom: none;

    Very nice work you do by the way.


    @mguillen0, note that you shouldn’t copy and paste the entire original CSS, just add a few CSS rules for the stuff you want to change. For more info, see



    @thesacredpath: Thanks! BTW, that code to erase the lines didn’t work. :(

    @designsimply: Thanks again! I did paste the entire original CSS. I’m learning the hard way …



    … I did paste the entire original CSS. I’m learning the hard way …

    This also has some info you might find useful:


    You’re doing great! Keep the questions coming. Start a new thread if you want to ask about different tasks/issues.

    Cheers. :)



    G’day to you. I posted that link above … lol :D


    Which lines then are you talking about? That code takes the lines off above and below the image and “graphic artist” text.

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