WordPress: How to create a child theme?

WordPress : Comment créer un thème enfant ?

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WordPress themes are “customizable” by default. Once you activate them, you can configure them in a standard way. However, you will quickly reach their limits if you want to push the customization of your site and make it more differentiated.

Therefore, it is recommended, if not imperative, to create a child theme if you want to make changes (even minor ones) to your theme. An update of the parent theme will overwrite all your modifications/customizations.

What is a WordPress child theme?

A child theme is based on your parent theme. By activating it, it will take all the features of the parent theme without ever modifying it. No more risk to lose your modifications during an update!

All the file copies you will place in your child theme (same name and same directory) will overwrite the original files without deleting them.

How to create a WordPress child theme?

To create a child theme, simply create a new folder in the FTP at the same level as your parent theme.


For your theme to be recognized and activated, two files must be created:


Here is the code to integrate in functions.php which will be used to activate your child theme and associate a new style sheet:

** activation theme
add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'theme_enqueue_styles' );
function theme_enqueue_styles() {
wp_enqueue_style( 'parent-style', get_template_directory_uri() . '/style.css' );

Here is the description of the style.css file to integrate so that the style sheet can be recognized.

Theme Name: Child Theme
Description: Palms Web's Child Theme
Author: Palms Web
Author URI: https://palms-web.com
Template: child-theme
Version: 0.1.0

Description fields of the style.css file:

Theme Name: The name of the child theme
Description: The description of the child theme
Author: The author of the child theme
Author URI: The url of the author's website
Template: The folder name of the parent theme as written on the FTP
Version: The version for information

How to create a child theme with a WordPress plugin?

Child Theme Configurator by Lilaea Media is a free and very easy to use extension to create your child theme.