What the heck is a child theme? “A WordPress child theme is a theme that inherits the functionality of another theme, called the parent theme, and allows you to modify, or add to, the functionality of that parent theme.” - The WordPress Codex
What can I use a child theme for?• Customize the parent site design• Add in additional functionality• Save a bunch of time
Why would I use a child theme?• Update the parent theme without losing your customizations• Did I mention the part about saving time?
What do I need to get started?• Choose a parent theme (check out twentyten & twentyeleven)• A new folder in /wp-content/themes/• A CSS file in your new theme
Keep in mind…• Your child theme can contain as many or as few files as you want• Files in your child theme folder override files in the parent theme folder• Adding a functions.php will add-to rather than override functions.php from your parent theme
Parent Theme vs Child ThemeParent Theme Child Theme
Theme Frameworks“A Theme framework is a Theme designed to be aflexible foundation for quicker WordPressdevelopment, usually serving as a robust Parent Themefor Child Themes.” - The WordPress Codex• Genesis – studiopress.com• Thematic – themeshaper.com• Hybrid – themehybrid.com