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How to install a WordPress child theme

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Do you want to install a child theme on your WordPress site? Child themes are great for making customizations because they allow you to take advantage of the powerful features of a parent theme or framework. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to easily install a child theme on WordPress.

How to install a wordpress child theme

What is a child WordPress theme?

WordPress child themes depend on a parent theme or a Framework. Child themes borrow all the features and looks of their parent theme and can change them without touching the parent theme code.

Most free and premium WordPress themes come with a lot of customization options. However, sometimes you will still have to manually add code to your theme.

If you add the code directly to your theme files, your changes will be overwritten when you update that theme. Child themes solve this problem by allowing you to add your customizations in the child theme. That way, when you update the parent theme, all of your changes will remain intact.

Kids themes are more commonly used with WordPress frameworks. These frameworks are robust parent themes that provide a solid foundation for theme developers who can build child themes.

Genesis is a popular framework. There are tons of kids themes available on Genesis that you can get from StudioPress.

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With that said, let's take a look at how to easily install a child WordPress theme.

Step 1: Install a WordPress child theme

Installing a child theme is no different from installing any other WordPress theme.

Inside your WordPress dashboard, head to " Appearance> Themes »And click on the button« Add ».

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There are two methods to install your WordPress theme.

1 Method: If your child theme is available as a free theme on the WordPress.org Themes directory, then you can look for the search by using its name in the available search field.

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From the search results, take your mouse over the theme you are looking for and click the Install button.

WordPress will now download and install the child theme.

It will also look at the parent theme if necessary. If the parent theme is also available on the WordPress.org theme directory, then it will automatically download it for you.

Method 2: If your child theme is available as a zip file, you need to click on the "Upload Theme" button. This will show you the download theme option.

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Click choose file to select the zip file of a theme from your computer, then click the button " install now ».

WordPress will now download your theme's zip file from your computer. It will also check if the parent theme is installed. If the parent theme is available from the WordPress.org directory, it will try to install it. Otherwise, it will notify you to know that you will need to install parent theme manually.

Step 2 - Installing the parent theme

WordPress will automatically try to install the parent theme if it is available on the WordPress.org theme directory. If it fails to install the parent theme, then you will not be able to activate the child theme. WordPress will display your theme among broken themes.

All you need to do is install the parent theme by sending it as a compressed zip file. The procedure is quite similar to that of installing child themes.

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After installing the parent and child theme, you can go ahead and activate the child theme.

Remark : Keep in mind that you don't have to enable the parent theme in order to use the child theme.

That's all for this tutorial, I hope it will let you know how to install a child theme.

This article features 3 comments

  1. Hello,
    Interesting article! But one wording intrigued me, in step 1: “Inside your WordPress dashboard, head on“ Appearance> Themes ”” What do you mean by “head on” ???

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