Organizing Theme Files
While WordPress themes technically only require two files (
style.css), they usually are made up of many files. That means they can quickly become disorganized! This section will show you how to keep your files organized.
Note: Themes without
footer.php, with no alternative available, have been deprecated since WordPress 3.0. Your theme may need to include these files as well.
Theme folder and file structure #Theme folder and file structure
assets (dir) - css (dir) - images (dir) - js (dir) inc (dir) template-parts (dir) - footer (dir) - header (dir) - navigation (dir) - page (dir) - post (dir) 404.php archive.php comments.php footer.php front-page.php functions.php header.php index.php page.php README.txt rtl.css screenshot.png search.php searchform.php sidebar.php single.php style.css
At this time there are no required folders within a WordPress theme. However, WordPress does recognize the following folders by default.
style.css should reside in the root directory of your theme not within the CSS directory.
Languages folder #Languages folder
It’s best practice to internationalize your theme so it can be translated into other languages. Default themes include the
languages folder, which contains a .pot file for translation and any translated .mo files. While
languages is the default name of this folder, you can change the name. If you do so, you must update