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What is a child theme?
A child theme is a theme that works with an original (parent) theme to add new functions and otherwise
customize the original theme. This is the recommended way of making modifications to a theme because
you will not need to track your changes and redo them each time the theme is updated. Additional
information is available at http://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes. A pictorial introduction is available
How do I create a child theme?
Step 1. Using your ftp client, create a new child theme folder/directory in the /wp-content/themes
directory. You may want to name the directory something like parentname-child.
Step 2. Using a text editor, create style.css with the code below. Upload the style.css file to the new
child theme directory.
Theme Name: Child of parentname
Description: e.g., My first child theme
Author: Your name
Template: Directory name of parent theme ß this is important and must
match exactly (case sensitive)
Now you have the base for your child theme. Files inside the child folder override original
Step 3. Select and activate your new child theme from the WordPress administration panel (Appearance
Step 4. You must reapply customizations created within the parent theme. For example, if you are using
the “Briefed” theme, you must re-apply Settings à Permalinks à Save Changes.
Getting Started with
WORDPRESS Child Themes