I heard that only some themes can have a subtheme. Is this true?

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    I would read drupal.org/node/225125 for tons of information on subthemes
    – Jimajamma
    Feb 10, 2014 at 15:36
  • And, you may want to consider renaming or rephrasing this question because the answer to the title is YES but the answer to the content is NO.
    – Jimajamma
    Feb 10, 2014 at 15:40
  • I would prefer changing title, as my answer starts with NO ;)
    – Mołot
    Feb 10, 2014 at 15:49

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No, of course it isn't true. All themes can be subthemed. Subtheming is a part of Drupal's core and themes cannot simply turn it down. You can always create a theme, name it's parent theme and override some CSS.

Fun starts when you want to override things from template.php, or if parent theme provides advanced configuration - not all themes are built in a way that makes subtheming easy. But even if it's not easy, it's not really blocked.

  • I was searching and i found some comments on templates that saying if the can have a subtheme and was answer as you can't make a subtheme with this template. This wasn't clear for me and i need it some help clear that out. Thank you again. Feb 10, 2014 at 15:44
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    @Drupalizeme if theme author discourages subtheming or publish it with a licence that says you can't subtheme, then you probably shouldn't try as it may be a wasted effort (or legal problems). But it's still possible.
    – Mołot
    Feb 10, 2014 at 15:48

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