How to Access Custom File Editor in Thesis WordPress Theme – Changing Custom-Sample folder into Custom:

In this tutorial, I show you how to change the custom-sample folder to custom in thesis theme.

Why should I change Custom-Sample folder to Custom in Thesis?

Once you installed thesis theme in your blog, you will get an attention

message. The message shows “In order to take advantage of all the controls that thesis offers, you need to change the name of your custom-sample folder to Custom.” What does it mean? If you want to access ‘Custom File Editor’ option, in this place, I have to say, Custom File editor contains

‘Custom.css’, ‘layout.css’, ‘functions.php, so if you want to access these things you have to rename the custom-sample folder to custom.

How can I change Custom-Sample folder to Custom in Thesis?

You can do that in two methods.

1.    Using File Manager option in your cPanel (Control Panel).

2.    Using FTP software to access your blog folders and files.

I will show you how to rename the folder using cPanel method. Watch the

below video tutorial for complete guidance.

If you can’t watch the video tutorial, do the following steps to complete

the folders rename process.

1.    Login to your blog hosting control panel. Your login url should be like


2.    Once you logged in you can see ‘File manager’ option in Files section.

Click on that.

3.    Inside that expand the folders in this order

Public_html–> Wp-content–>Themes–>Thesis _16.

Click on ‘Thesis_16’.

4.    In right hand side, you will see various folders and files of Thesis_16

folder. Search for ‘Custom-sample’ folder and click on that.

5.    Then you can see ‘Rename’ option in top of page. Click on that. Edit

The folder name ‘Custom-sample’ as ‘Custom’ and click ‘rename files.

That’s all. Now go to your wordpress dashboard and you can access

Custom file editor options without problems.

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  • Shubham December 25, 2009, 7:15 AM

    You expalined it very well..! This site is very well done..and is really helpful for thesis users..!!Great share..!

    • Pascal December 25, 2009, 7:23 AM


      Thanks for sharing your nice experience…

  • Hear Mum Roar January 7, 2010, 5:51 PM

    Thank you, I was just about to beat my head against the brick wall til I found this!

    • Pascal January 7, 2010, 6:46 PM

      Hi Hear Mum Roar, Hope you have just start customization. Thesis rocks. You can use our all thesis resources to beautify your blog. Keep reading.

  • Thesis Theme Design March 22, 2010, 9:53 AM

    WoW! I have gone to several websites to find this solution of custom folder in Thesis, but all were video post. But i needed the written tips that i have found on your blog.


    • Pascal March 22, 2010, 9:45 PM

      Glad you find the tips useful.

  • Vevans April 26, 2010, 6:22 PM

    This is really awesome! Just what I needed. Thank you :)

    • Suresh April 26, 2010, 7:03 PM


      You will get more thesis theme customization tutorials in our youtube chennal

  • Sarah June 30, 2010, 9:53 PM

    Hey, thanks a ton for the straightforward answer!

  • Andrew August 5, 2010, 8:51 PM

    Thanks for posting this guide, I had no idea what Thesis needed me to do.

  • Paul August 20, 2010, 9:53 AM

    Thanks for the tip and video. I have spent hours trying to figure this out and the Thesis help section is useless.

  • kc September 16, 2010, 7:44 AM

    thank you!!!

  • TheBrickBlogger January 21, 2011, 7:46 AM

    Thanks for this tutorial! Well explained!
    I have run into some problem though, when I’m opening up files on the left to get to the correct file, nothing is showing up on the right-hand side where the expanded files supposed to be. That whole area is just a blank box. Have you run into this before? I did choose to see hidden files, but nothing. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

  • pete February 25, 2011, 9:50 AM

    I thought I followed your instructions above, but now I get this error message:

    Fatal error: Cannot redeclare fb_share() (previously declared in /home3/satrnkyc/public_html/wp-content/themes/thesis_18/custom/custom_functions.php:12) in /home3/satrnkyc/public_html/wp-content/themes/thesis_18/custom/custom_functions.php on line 52

    Can anyone help me?

  • Alexia April 24, 2011, 5:53 AM

    Wow – I looked everywhere trying to find this information, and I’m so glad I stumbled upon your site. Excellent and clear instructions. You don’t know how many hairs you saved my head :-)

    Many thanks!


  • Jay H April 30, 2011, 3:27 PM

    Many thanks for this, Thesis never gave an explanation on how to do this, just mentioned changing ‘custom-sample’ to ‘custom’.

    I did not have a clue where to look so your post helped me solve this very easily.

  • Kristel Hayes June 11, 2011, 10:26 PM

    Thanks so much for sharing this! Just getting to know Thesis, so I will be back to explore more…

    • admin June 11, 2011, 10:30 PM

      You are Most welcome!

  • Lea Sadler July 25, 2011, 5:29 AM

    Thanks so much for this tutorial. This problem was making me crazy~but your video was extremely helpful.

  • Rabbi Steve Vale August 4, 2011, 7:08 AM

    Thank you for the awesome tutorial. This was very helpful. Blessings.

  • forblogger March 26, 2012, 12:06 AM

    Great tutorial. Easy to follow :) thanks

  • Justice Wordlaw IV August 31, 2012, 2:27 AM

    Thank you for doing this video. It worked out great.

  • hitesh September 2, 2012, 9:55 AM

    thanks a lot a lot a lot, i searched about this problem a lot but found the correct solution here. thank u again