I want to edit some of the theme files without changing the default, but the files of the design/frontend/default/default folder is not overriding this theme. I also tried to create the folder design/frontend/default/rwd but not resolved.

Is there a way to replace only some files. In the latter case, I'm thinking of duplicating the theme and change the call in the admin panel.


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If you haven't seen it already, check out http://www.magentocommerce.com/knowledge-base/entry/ee114-ce19-rwd-dev-guide.

The guide has additional information you'll need to get started.


If you want to Customize RWD theme.in your rwd package you can make a new theme like

design/frontend/rwd/yourtheme and start copying the files which you want to customize in yourtheme.

copy files from design/frontend/rwd/default to design/frontend/rwd/yourtheme and start customization.

  • Not sure why you would use this method instead of the theme fallback structure added in 1.9 (other than you didn't know about the new method). Custom themes that reside within a default package is one of my pet peeves.
    – pspahn
    Commented Nov 11, 2014 at 21:41
  • @pspahn, so is it advisable to use custom package & custom theme OR make custom theme in existing rwd package OR custom package and default theme ? Commented Feb 12, 2015 at 9:02
  • create custom theme in the rwd package and work accordingly on the customization Commented Feb 12, 2015 at 9:10
  • and how about creating custom package and making rwd/default as parent theme in theme.xml ? Do we need to copy css and js too ? Commented Feb 12, 2015 at 9:18
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    Don't just create a new theme inside the rwd package. Create a new custom package with a default theme (and any others you may want, ie for multisite). You don't need to copy over assets to your custom package as theme.xml will get the files from the rwd package if they don't exist in your custom package.
    – pspahn
    Commented Feb 12, 2015 at 17:20

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