Creating a WordPress Child Theme

WordPress Child Theme

WordPress Child ThemeThis edition of Tech Corner is multi-instructional!

As the title suggests, I’ll show you the very basic steps to follow when creating a child theme for WordPress. But along the way, we’ll learn how to learn, and I’ll tell you why I avoided this topic for a long time.

The Beginning

I’ve been curious about child themes ever since I used one with ProFramework, a theme designed by Tom Usborne. The theme came in two parts: the main theme, and the child theme.

And although I was curious, I assumed it was too technical and beyond my reach, so I never investigated it further. When I came across a child theme, I didn’t worry about how it worked … I just used it.

As I compiled possible topics for future issues of Tech Corner, I had child themes on my list, but again avoided it, figuring it was too technical.

Then, through a bunch of circumstances, a child theme became one of the options for solving a particular problem I was having. And then a week later, with another unrelated problem, again, a child theme was given as the solution.

So, reluctantly, I began my investigation.

Well, it turned out that yes, it can be a technical and complicated topic, but it was also achievable with a little digging and a little help.

So in the end, I was able to create my own child theme and solve my problem. 

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Jim Wright

Jim is a writer, teacher, consultant, and an advocate for clarity in communication. He helps clients make sense of their online presence, and translates tech-speak into plain English.

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