Creating a WordPress Child Theme: The Beginner’s Guide

Creating a WordPress Child Theme The Beginner's Guide

Ever wanted to tweak your WordPress theme but worried about updates wiping out your changes? Enter the world of child themes. This easy-to-understand guide is crafted for WordPress novices eager to master the art of child themes.

What’s a WordPress Child Theme?

In the simplest terms, a child theme is a clone of your original theme, known as the parent. It allows you to make changes without disturbing the parent theme. It’s like having a safety net for your customizations!

Why Opt for a Child Theme?

Safety First: Say goodbye to the fear of theme updates erasing your custom touches.
Trial & Error: Experiment freely. Any missteps? Deactivate the child theme and start again.
Easy Rollback: A mistake in the child doesn’t mess with the parent. It’s risk-free customization.

Creating a Child Theme: Step-by-Step:

New Directory Setup:

Within your WordPress, go to wp-content/themes.
Initiate a new folder for your child theme. Using “twentytwenty” as an example? Name the child “twentytwenty-child”.

Crafting a Stylesheet:

In your newly-minted child theme folder, start a style.css file.

Begin the file with:


 Theme Name: Twenty Twenty Child
 Template: twentytwenty


Replace “Twenty Twenty” with your specific theme’s name.

Linking Parent & Child Theme Styles:

Now, establish a functions.php file within the child theme’s folder.
Insert the following code:

add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'my_theme_enqueue_styles' );

function my_theme_enqueue_styles() {
    wp_enqueue_style( 'parent-style', get_template_directory_uri() . '/style.css' );
    wp_enqueue_style( 'child-style', get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/style.css', array('parent-style') );

Activating the Child Theme:

Hop into your WordPress dashboard.
Navigate to Appearance > Themes. Spot your child theme there.
Give “Activate” a click.

With the child theme live, it’s customization time! Changes made here won’t touch the parent theme.

Begin Customizing:

In Conclusion:

Launching a child theme in WordPress is your ticket to risk-free, easy customization. For all the beginners out there, remember: a child theme is your customization playground.
Dive in, try new things, and shape your website to mirror your imagination, all while keeping the original theme untouched.

Key Takeaways: Child themes offer a customization safety net, allowing trials without errors, and ensuring original theme integrity.
Stay tuned for our next post, where we’ll dive into WordPress Plugins & Widgets!

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