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TUTORIAL: Creating a child theme in WordPress

Child theme wordpress | Why use a Child Theme?

There are a few reasons why you would want to use a child theme:

  • If you modify a theme directly and it is updated, then your modifications may be lost. By using a child theme you will ensure that your modifications are preserved.
  • Using a child theme can speed up development time.
  • Using a child theme is a great way to to learn about WordPress theme development.

Source: WordPress.org

Creating a child theme in WordPress

A quick explanation of how to create a child theme in WordPress, because some people asked for it after my previous post.

This is mine child theme css file:

Theme Name: twentyfifteen Child
Theme URI: http://baswijdenes.com/portfolio/twentyfifteen-child/
Description: twentyfifteen Child Theme
Author: Bas Wijdenes
Author URI: http://baswijdenes.com
Template: twentyfifteen
Version: 1.0.0
Tags: light, dark, two-columns, right-sidebar, responsive-layout, accessibility-ready
Text Domain: twentyfifteen-child

/* =Theme customization starts here
-------------------------------------------------------------- */

Log on your FTP Server and open the wp-content directory > themes directory.

Create a directory here named ‘yourthemename-child’.

Copy and paste mine child theme in to a notepad and save it as ‘style.css’.

The following options are important to be changed before your child-theme will function normally.

  • Instead of mine domain, change it to yours.
  • Change the ‘twentyfifteen’ theme name in the theme name you’re using.
  • Make sure the themes’ in your WordPress interface and choose the child theme as main template.

    And viola you have a Child theme WordPress


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My name is Bas Wijdenes and I'm working full time as a services engineer at Wortell. In my free time I like to write tutorials about computer problems I encounter on a daily basis. The main reason I started my blog is, because I wanted to work on my English vocabulary. If you've encountered a computer problem you can't get your head around, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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