Top 10 Best Theme Practices for Magento 1

Themes in Magento are used to customise the look and feel of your store. Here is a list of the top 10 best theme practices for Magento 1.
1. Theme fallback
Developers may choose a couple of locations to add a theme: within one of the default Magento package directories, or by adding their own …

Magento Theme Fallback

Magento has unique functionality that will allow you to configure a package and theme for your store. Magento checks these values configured when firstly running the preDispatch() method.
The key line to look at here is:
The loadArea() method can be seen below.
The load() method will, if no argument has been specified, load the …