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Last updated: January 21, 2021

WordPress child theme

WordPress child theme functionality is the best way to apply simple code customization to your website. It allows you to override some theme files and functions without losing any changes after the main theme update. You will need to have some basic coding knowledge to use it. If you need some advanced customizations, it is highly recommended to hire a developer.

SUPPORT INFORMATION: Since child themes allow you to customize any part of the theme, we are not responsible for any changes you made there. Our support service doesn’t include fixing any issues related to the child theme. Your customizations may be not compatible with newer versions of the parent theme so they may require further maintenance from your side.

What is a child theme?

By default, all our themes have their child themes. The child theme inherits all the functionality and styles from the parent theme. Its files are almost empty and are required as a place to paste your custom code. Always use a child theme to customize the parent core files to avoid losing changes after the parent theme update. Never change parent theme core files. We never release any updates to the child theme so all your custom code there is safe. They are usually used to apply some custom CSS, customize template files like header, footer, posts, add custom PHP functions, and WordPress hooks/filters. 

Download and install

We highly recommend installing the child theme right after the parent theme installation even if you don’t have plans to customize anything yet. If you missed the child theme setup step during our installation wizard, you can install the child theme manually. The installation process is the same as for any WordPress theme and firstly you need to download it from our website.

  1. Purchase one of our themes or join our premium subscription.
  2. Go to your account Dashboard -> Downloads
  3. Find the child theme downloads form and select your theme
  4. Click on the “Download” button
  5. Install the “theme-child.zip” file as a regular theme via your WordPress Dashboard -> Appearance -> Themes
  6. Activate the child theme and check how it works

Useful links

  1. WordPress child theme documentation
  2. How to create a child theme (video)
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