I'm working on Wordpress + Bootstrap 4 by customising according to the design. The default style.css loads as:

<link rel='stylesheet' id='wp-bootstrap-starter-style-css'  href='http://localhost/hrone/wp-content/themes/theme_name/style.css?ver=5.2.3' type='text/css' media='all' />

I would like to change the version from 5.2.3 to 5.2.4 or auto change it time base. How do I go about doing this? I have just 1 css file since this is a custom theme.


It's using 5.2.3 because no version was specified when style.css was enqueued/registered. So it fell back to the version of WordPress.

If you pass in a version when calling wp_enqueue_style, it will use that value instead

  • `wp_enqueue_style' creates a new css file which isn't what I want. – Elaine Byene Sep 30 '19 at 15:48
  • You theme already calls wp_enqueue_style() somewhere. You need to specify the version wherever that is. It appears to be line 80 of functions.php in the latest version. – Jacob Peattie Sep 30 '19 at 16:21
  • I have this in line 80 function wp_boostrap_starter_add_editor_styles() { add_editor_style( 'custom-editor-style.css' ); } add_action( 'admin_init', 'wp_boostrap_starter_add_editor_styles' ); which isn't the style.css but the custom css file. I'm working on style.css. – Elaine Byene Sep 30 '19 at 19:10
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    @ElaineByene wp_enqueue_style does not create new files, and it is style.css because it says so in the HTML of your question, it'll be enqueued as bootstrap-starter-style judging from the id attribute – Tom J Nowell Sep 30 '19 at 22:48

In your functions.php file (you're using a custom child theme, right?) change/add the version parameter to wp_get_theme()->get( 'Version' ) this will pull the version number from your theme's style.css file.


Setting this parameter to false will use the WordPress version.

wp_get_theme() returns the theme object for the current theme which contains the version. wp_get_theme()->parent()->get( 'Version' ) will return the parent themes version.

$parent_style = 'wp-bootstrap-starter';
wp_enqueue_style( $parent_style, get_template_directory_uri() . '/style.css', false, wp_get_theme()->parent()->get( 'Version' ) );

    get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/style.css',
    array( $parent_style ),
    wp_get_theme()->get( 'Version' )

Change the version number in your style.css file.

Edit: I misunderstood. I think that's the WordPress version.

  • That’s not where this number comes from. – Jacob Peattie Sep 30 '19 at 15:14

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