Who am I?
Co-Owner of Alternative Hosting
What is a child theme?
A theme that inherits functionality from another
WordPress theme (the parent theme).
In theory any theme can be a parent theme
in practice - not all themes will work
Good parent theme examples - Genesis/Thesis
Why should I create a
Hacking the main theme means it can’t be updated
without losing changes
Speed up development
When should I use a child
adding new functions to the functions.php
What do I need to create a
A Parent Theme
A Basic Text Editor (i.e. - Notepad, TextWrangler)
An FTP Client (FileZilla, CyberDuck)
CREATION OF A CHILD THEME FOLDER
DAVID IS A CHILD THEME OF TWENTY FOURTEEN
Child Theme or Theme
Support for the plugin
Still good practice to
use a child theme
When to modify
To augment or replace the parent theme's functions.
Beware: if a WordPress Plugin calls the same
function, or filter, as you do in your functions file, the
results can be unexpected, site disabling.
For the most part you want to use plugins to do this
plugins will generally give the same result but
across all themes