I promised that I would talk about Child Themes and how to use them in the post How to Create a Affiliate or Sponsored Post Disclaimer the other day, and I can’t wait to share with you the easiest way to create one in just a few minutes without having to use FTP software or getting into your file manager in your hosting provider.
I originally learn to do this the hard way, going in and copy and pasting the information from the “Parent Theme” into a new folder, changing code text and more. So this newest method is SO easy! BUT! Check with your theme developer to see if they already provide you with a child theme. I am currently using OceanWP theme since it is compatible with Elementor. The developer there was kind enough to provide a Child Theme for download! So make sure to check there to save you the trouble of creating a new child theme when one is ready to go for you.
What Is A Child Theme? And Why Do You Need One?
A Child theme is a number of extra files that we add to our site that is based off of the original theme we have installed. The child theme uses all the files that originate with parent theme, but allows you to make changes that override the original theme in a separate theme folder. This way, when you click on update for your theme and the old files are replaced with new ones, your changes are all safe because they are within a separate theme.
Using a child theme keeps all the core file of your parent theme secure. Don’t go rooting around in your parent theme fiddling with files as you could potentially damage something that could crash your site. When you create a child theme, you only have two files in there so there’s less chance of accidentally break any of the functionality of your website.
How Do You Create A Child Theme?
First the easiest way is by downloading one from your theme provider. In all honesty I only have one reason so far to have a child theme. For my Affiliate and Sponsored Post Disclaimer. If you are wanting to change your CSS files to customize your site, then you REALLY want to have a child theme. There are many tutorials out there to do this manually, but I have found a Plugin that you WANT to download!
Download the Childify Me Plugin
Install Your Plugin!
From your dashboard, head down to plugins, and Add New. You will them either search for the Childify Me plugin or if you downloaded it, click on Upload Plugin.
Locate the file in your downloads folder or where ever you downloaded the plugin to. Select Install.
The next thing you will do is Activate the Plugin.
Go to the appearance tab to themes. When you find the parent theme you want to create a child theme of, hover over that and select Live Preview.
While in the live preview you will notice that there is now the option to Childify Me at the bottom of the customization screen. Click this and rename the theme to “Your WordPress Theme Child”
After you save it, you can now see the new theme in the Themes window. You can now start editing your WordPress Site how ever you wish.
Did This Tutorial Help You?
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