How to find override a php file in a child theme

I am using a child theme of a premium theme and I want to override some of the code in one of the parent theme's framework files. It's a simple change and I've tested it on the actual fine in the parent theme to make sure my changes are good, but then when I move those changes to my child theme in the same folder path, my child theme is not picking up the edited copy of the file.

For example - the file I want to change is /ParentTheme/framework/page-header.php. I want to replace it with /ChildTheme/framework/page-header.php. So I copied the file, made the changes and then added this to my child theme functions.php:

require_once( get_stylesheet_directory() .'/framework/page-header.php');

Open in new window


I also removed any "if ( ! function_exists( 'functionname' ) ) {" statements in the edited copy in my child theme so it should override the parent theme. However, this still isn't working. The site still displays the parent code. I even copied the whole code into my child functions.php file and it still isn't overriding the parent code. Where else should I be looking or what else can I do to force it to override?

Thanks in advance!
LVL 1
techbotsAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
You shouldn't have to add that line of PHP to make it work (and it's probably breaking because get_stylesheet_directory() is resolving to the wrong place for a theme template).

Instead, just add page-header.php to the child theme.  Child themes look in their own directory for templates first, then go back to the parent theme if something isn't found.

Ref: http://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes#Template_Files
0
techbotsAuthor Commented:
Thanks Jason - I removed that line but the child page still isn't overriding the parent. I had used this theme before and had to add that code to override a page, but it isn't working in this case. So frustrating. Is there something I should be looking for in the parent theme, like perhaps the page being called from another page, that could be causing the issue?
0
Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
like perhaps the page being called from another page, that could be causing the issue?

Yup.  If the file page-header.php is called from header.php using get_template_part() or as an include, WordPress will use header.php's location as the source.

Possible solution to the hypothetical above: copy header.php to the child theme (no need to modify it), modify child theme's page-header.php as desired.

What theme is this?
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
Cloud Class® Course: Microsoft Office 2010

This course will introduce you to the interfaces and features of Microsoft Office 2010 Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access. You will learn about the features that are shared between all products in the Office suite, as well as the new features that are product specific.

techbotsAuthor Commented:
The theme is Total by WPExplorer. It's a great theme, but this has had me stumped. I will try what you suggested and see if that works. Thanks!
0
techbotsAuthor Commented:
Though no the complete solution to my problem, this helped considerably in narrowing down the issue and coming up with a working solution.
0
Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
What did I miss? Fill in the blanks so I can answer better next time...
0
techbotsAuthor Commented:
Jason - you didn't miss anything. You gave a good solid answer. But my problems just ended up being more than my original question so I guess I worded that wrong. You gave a complete answer - I didn't ask the complete question because I figured some of the rest of it out once you got me started. You got an A!
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
WordPress

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.