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DIY Web Design: How to Create a Child Theme

If you are not a professional web designer, but you still want to have the control of your own website, knowing how to create a child theme becomes essential. Here is an infographic with the six steps I have followed and some links from experts I have used in order to create one.

Since updating templates and creating child themes is not something that we do so frequently, it is no surprise that an amateur website manager, just like me, forgets how to do that safely. So I thought it would be useful to have a reference post with a step-by-step guide and a list of links that can help us go through the process. But first of all, a few aspects to consider:

Why You Need a Child Theme

  • A child theme inherits all the features and styling of a parent theme. That means you do not have to develop a template from scratch.
  • It gives you freedom to customise the theme to your own liking.
  • It allows you to update the parent theme without losing your tweaks. This is something you may want to do, for instance, when there are new releases of the parent theme or when the authors find bugs.

What You Need to Create a Child Theme

  • A theme that you like uploaded to your WordPress site.
  • FTP access. I usually use Filezilla.
  • A text editor. I normally use Gedit.

The Six Steps + Infographic on PDF format to download


Experts’ Links for Reference

How to Build a WordPress Child Theme from Scratch (I followed this video)

How to Create a Child Theme in WordPress (I used this as reference)

Child Themes (Good read)

I hope you find this post useful. If you have any comments or suggestions, please add them below on the comment section. And thank you very much for visiting Homing Words!

Published by Victoria Principi

Victoria Principi
Victoria Principi is a National Public Translator of English who graduated from the National University of Córdoba in Argentina. She translates, localises and reviews texts between English and Spanish, specialising in marketing and business, information and communications technology, and social sciences and humanities. She is a member of IAPTI and has been working as an independent translator since 2012. Currently, she is based in Lucca, Italy, and helps translation agencies and end clients who need to reach a Spanish-speaking audience. She is the creator of this website and the author of the blog.

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