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How to Create a Child WordPress Theme: A Step-by-Step Guide

This guide will walk you through the process of creating a child WordPress theme, allowing you to customize your website while maintaining the flexibility and future updates of the parent theme.


For this tutorial, you need:

  • A basic understanding of WordPress and its themes
  • An active WordPress installation
  • A text editor
  • An FTP client (optional)

How to Create a Child WordPress Theme

  1. Choose your parent theme: Select a parent theme that suits your design preferences and requirements.
  2. Create a new directory: In your WordPress theme directory, create a new folder for your child theme.
  3. Create a style.css file: Inside the child theme folder, create a style.css file with the necessary header information. Include the template declaration, which specifies the parent theme.
  4. Create a functions.php file: In the child theme folder, create a functions.php file to add additional functionality or modify existing functions.
  5. Create template files (optional): If you want to modify specific templates, such as the header or footer, copy the corresponding template file from the parent theme and customize it in the child theme folder.
  6. Activate the child theme: Go to your WordPress dashboard, navigate to Appearance > Themes, and activate the child theme you created.

By following these steps, you can create your own child WordPress theme and make customizations without altering the parent theme.

Wrapping Up

In conclusion, this step-by-step guide has provided you with a comprehensive understanding of how to create a child WordPress theme. By following these instructions, you can easily customize your website while ensuring the parent theme remains intact for future updates. I hope this article has been helpful to you.

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Rizwan Aritonang

An independent WordPress & Front-End Developer from Bandung, Indonesia.

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