I am working on a Wordpress installation, that another developer used to do. I have an issue since he was working only with Child Theme Directory whereas I didn't.

What I want to do, is to edit the source code of a plugin. I read the documentation but I am not sure if there is something there about it.

Will I just copy paste the file in the child directory and edit it or I must mention somewhere that I have edited this file and it should load it from the child directory?

The child directory has already created with many files, previously from the other dev.

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Plugins are not kept in the theme directory. It doesn't matter if you are using a child theme or not. Maybe you're asking a different question? Are you asking how to make a "child-plugin"?

Plugins are generally kept here: wp-content/plugins.

Whereas child themes and themes are kept here: wp-content/themes

As far as "child-plugins" there is not an official way to do it, but I think this article sums up pretty nicely what you could do to accomplish that, https://iandunn.name/the-right-way-to-customize-a-wordpress-plugin/ .

  • Maybe I am confused since there is a folder on the child theme directory from a Plugin folder. I will check your link and see what I could find
    – Tasos
    Commented Aug 9, 2015 at 18:58
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    Ya, that's just bad practice. I recommend using this instead to accomplish your goal. wpcandy.com/teaches/how-to-create-a-functionality-plugin/… (offshoot of the previous link I gave you)
    – cameck
    Commented Aug 9, 2015 at 19:04

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