Create Child Theme for WordPress in 6 Simple Steps

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This tutorial shows you how to create a child theme for WordPress in just 6 steps. The child theme will allow you to change the look of your entire article and its elements without needing to touch your original theme files. Creating a child theme for WordPress is a breeze. Once you understand how it works, you’ll wonder why you didn’t make one sooner.

There’s nothing quite like creating a custom WordPress theme to completely change the look and feel of your site. While many tools are available to help you build your own articles, not everyone has the time or skill to go through all the steps.

I’ll show you how to create your own child theme in six steps. I’ll also walk you through each step in detail so that you’ll know exactly what to do.

I talked about the benefits of child themes and how to create one using a customizer panel. I want to take that idea further and show you exactly how to create a child theme using a WordPress Customizer Panel (WP Customizer) using six easy steps.

Child Theme

How to activate a child theme

Let’s start by activating a child theme on your WordPress installation. Then, we’ll walk through the steps to activate the child theme using the WP Customizer.

Install and activate the Child Theme plugin

Your theme options are contained within a settings area called the Child Theme Options Panel (CTOP).

If you’re unfamiliar with CTOP, it’s a panel that sits at the top of your dashboard and offers a variety of features.

To access it, click on the three dots icon in the top-right corner of your dashboard and select Customize.

Scroll down to the CTOP section and click on it.

Select Theme Options from the drop-down menu on the left side of the panel.

The CTOP will display a list of options. You can modify the text of the options or use the shortcodes to add additional information to the possibilities.

If you’re just looking for a quick “quickstart,” you can modify the background color, header image, and footer text.

To add “shortcode,” you can use the additional shortcodes panel. Shortcodes are similar to HTML code but easier to use and understand.

Change the Name of Your Child’s Theme

The first step is to change the name of your child’s theme. I want to use the same name as my parent theme but with an added prefix, and I’ll show you how to do that.

Create a folder called “child-theme” inside your theme’s root directory, and then create a file called functions.php. Now that we’ve created the file let’s edit it. We will add a new folder to our child theme’s directory structure.

How to move content from a parent theme into a child theme

I’ve seen many questions about how to move content from a parent theme into a child theme. The main reason that this is needed is that you can have a different style sheet for each piece that you’re working on.

You might have two themes, one for a portfolio and one for a blog. You could have one for a one-page website and another for a multi-page website. The idea is that you can have the same code but a different style sheet for each theme.

So, you’ll need to move content from the parent theme into the child theme.

Remove any existing themes.

If you’re using WordPress as your CMS, you should already have a theme installed. You can remove any existing articles using the official WordPress theme removal tool, which is built into the WordPress dashboard.

Manage Theme Options and Settings When managing your theme options, you can either edit them directly or use a plugin that allows you to modify them easily from the WordPress dashboard. To do this, go to Appearance > Themes in your WordPress dashboard and click on the Theme Options tab. You can change theme options by using the dropdown menu. If you’re looking for a more advanced option, many third-party tools are available to help you manage your themes.

Frequently Asked Questions Child Theme

Q: What is a child theme?

A: You can install a child theme into a parent theme. When you do, it allows you to create customizations without affecting the original article.

Q: How to start using a child theme for WordPress?

A: First of all, ensure you are comfortable with WordPress. Then, go to the Appearance page in your dashboard. You should be able to find it on the right-hand side.

Q: How can I start using a child theme?

A: First, you must create a folder inside your theme called “child”. Then, inside the new folder, you must create a new file called “style.css”. You should open this file in a text editor like Microsoft Word or Notepad. Finally, you should paste the code from the tutorial below into this text file. Make sure that you close the text file after adding the code.

Q: Do I need a hosting provider?

A: If you are using WordPress as your blog, you will probably already have a hosting provider. If not, it’s free to sign up for or Either way, it will help you set up your blog.

Top 3 Myths About Child Theme

1. You have to create a child theme from scratch.

2. You need a special plugin to convert your existing theme to a child theme.

3. You need to use special techniques to change the child theme.


Creating Child Themes is easy. There are tons of tutorials on how to do this. The only problem is that if you go through these tutorials, you may miss out on some of the best features of WP. So, in the end, I recommend taking the time to watch the videos on YouTube and get a feel for what WP has to offer. That way, you can get the best experience without missing out on any amazing features.

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