WordPress – Create Child Theme

You will need a few things before you start:

  1. Direct file access over ftp or Plesk Explorer / CPanel or similar.
  2. Text Editor or Code Editor, i prefer Visual Studio Code, because it’s lightweight.
Dont worry if things break while you try, you can always go a step back, and if you dont achieve, give us a call.
 

If you have access navigate to the wordpress installation folder and go to /wp-content/themes from there note down the name of the theme you want to create a child theme.

Create a folder inside of the themes folder, the name should be “THEMENAME-child”, meaning the name of the theme plus “-child” appended to it.

Inside of this folder create 3 files:

  1. Screenshot of your theme, for display purpose when you select the theme inside wordpress. Name must be “screenshot.png”, you can also copy the same than the theme you want to do the child.
  2. A Theme Functions file “functions.php”. A php file must always begin with “<?php” as first written thing, otherwise it wont work. After that you can add all the functions you may want to add.
  3. A Stylesheet “style.css”. write the following inside adapted to your needs:
/* 
Theme Name: THEMENAME Child 
Theme URL: http://yourdomain.com
Description: THEMENAME Child 
Theme Author: Your Name
Author URL: http://yourdomain.com
Template: THEMENAME
Version: 1.0.0 
Text Domain: THEMENAME-child 
*/
@import url("../THEMENAME/style.css");

replace THEMENAME with the actual theme name.

save all your work, that’s it.

Congratulations, you've created your first child-theme!

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