Introduction to WordPress Child Themes

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WordPress Ann Arbor Meetup June 2011. Introduction to WordPress Child Themes.

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Introduction to WordPress Child Themes

  1. 1. Introduction toWordPress Child Themes Level: Beginner "
  2. 2. What is a Child ThemeA WordPress child theme is a theme that inherits thefunctionality of another theme, called the parent theme, andallows you to modify, or add to, the functionality of thatparent theme.Source: http://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes
  3. 3. Why use a Child Theme?Child themes are the recommended way of makingmodifications to a theme.
  4. 4. Child Theme File Structure?WordPress Child Themes are located in /wp-content/themes/like any other WordPress Theme.
  5. 5. Child Theme File Structure?They’re activated from the WordPress admin like any othertheme.
  6. 6. Child Theme File Structure?Child Themes always have a style.css file and may ofteninclude a functions.php file.
  7. 7. The Child Theme CSS Filestyle.css is the only file required for a child theme.
  8. 8. The Child Theme CSS File/*Theme Name: Twenty Ten 1.2 Child ThemeURI: http://wordpressannarbor.com/Description: Child theme for the Twenty Ten by WordPressAuthor: Declan ONeillAuthor URI: http://wordpressannarbor.com/Template: twentytenVersion: 1.0*/
  9. 9. The Child Theme CSS FileTheme Name: Twenty Ten 1.2 Child Theme[Required]
  10. 10. The Child Theme CSS FileTheme URI: Webpage[Optional]
  11. 11. The Child Theme CSS FileDescription: Child theme for the Twenty Ten by WordPress[Optional]
  12. 12. The Child Theme CSS FileAuthor URI: Author Webpage.[Optional]
  13. 13. The Child Theme CSS FileAuthor: Author name.[Optional]
  14. 14. The Child Theme CSS FileTemplate: Directory name of parent theme. Case-sensitive.[Required]
  15. 15. Thank You!Questions?Declan O’Neill / www.cake.ie
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