With the PageLines Staff’s help, I’ve discovered the order of the CSS and LESS loading, which might help you when developing plugins, sections, and child themes:

  1. PageLines core LESS files
  2. Any files that use the pagelines_insert_core_less() function (how plugin and child theme LESS files are loaded)
  3. All sections
  4. Dynamic CSS
  5. User’s custom LESS
  6. Child theme style.css

I want to highlight a few that may be unintuitive:

  • Sections override child theme LESS
  • Sections override plugin LESS
  • Child theme style.css overrides everything (but it’s a CSS file, not a LESS file)

How you can still use LESS (not CSS) to override a section’s styling

Similar to Nick’s way of overriding core without sending double the code to the browser, you can copy a section’s folder into your child theme’s section folder and activate the child theme section and deactivate the “regular” section (that you installed from the PageLines Store).

Here’s an example walk-through:

  • Copy the “contentbox” folder from /wp-content/plugins/pagelines-sections/contentbox
  • Paste the “contentbox” folder to /wp-content/themes/name-of-your-pagelines-child-theme-directory/sections/contentbox
  • In your wp-admin area, go to PageLines -> Store -> Sections -> Child Theme and you’ll see the copied section

PageLines Store with copied Child Theme Section

  • If not activated, activate it.
  • Click the Store -> Sections -> Your Added Sections tab and click to deactivate the copied contentbox section
  • Edit your /wp-content/themes/name-of-your-pagelines-child-theme-directory/sections/contentbox/style.less file as desired (or add your own, since this contentbox example doesn’t even have a LESS file in it)

What is LESS?

Are you confused because you’ve never heard of a .less file. In that case, I’ll let Nick Haskins help with that one… http://nichola.us/less/


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