Plugin Directory

Test out the new Plugin Directory and let us know what you think.

Child Theme Creator by Orbisius

Create Child Themes quickly and easily from any theme that you have currently installed on your site/blog.


  • Corrected some links from club.orbisius.com -> orbisius.com


  • Changed twitter non-ssl links to protocol relative URLs.
  • Added LOCK_SH for the file read operation
  • Added a flag to tell if the content editors are 'dirty' i.e. their content was modified.
  • Added a border to the content box if modified.
  • Warn the user if there's unsaved content in either of the editors. The browser won't display the actual message I've provided which is stupid.
  • TODO: check php syntax before saving for php files - remove button to check syntax?
  • Users now can create new files in non-existing folders e.g. headers/header-two.php
  • When the admin creates a new file we'll scroll to the element so he/she can start typing
  • Tested with WP 4.7


  • Uses the recommended approach for loading css (since v.1.3.4)
  • Fixes, updated FAQ
  • Removed a notice about depricated function: https://wordpress.org/support/topic/depricated-functions-3/
  • Removed some snippets that contained some 3rd party tracking info e.g. twitter's via or some user id to the addthis widget.


  • Tested with WP 4.6
  • TODO: when saving return JSON and show an error on invalid syntax.


  • Added locking when saving files.
  • Syntax check is performed only for php files. Saving other files should be quicker now.
  • Perform a syntax check before saving to avoid crashing good people's WordPress. Changes are saved in a file with the same name but there's suffix added to it error
  • Listing error files as well as sass, scss (if any)
  • Tested with WP 4.5


  • For some reason WordPress.org didn't register the 1.3.0 release or the stable tag didn't get set to 1.3.0 on time.


  • Happy new year!
  • Copying parent theme's options (if any).
  • Tested with WP 4.4.


  • Added a link in the plugin's settings page to point to Appearance → Orbisius Child Theme Creator ( to save 1-2 seconds to the user :) )
  • Removed the Free test from qSandbox as there is no longer a free plan.
  • Tested with WP 4.3.1


  • Improved security even more. Thanks Mika!


  • Improved security.


  • Fixed a wrong check for the Pro version.
  • Tested with latest WP
  • Added a call to action to ask users for write a review.


  • Fixes
  • Improvements
  • Made some fixes so the Pro addon shines even more.


  • Made the plugin more extendable (js).
  • Added another Save button near the theme and file dropdowns (for lazy people).
  • Added links to the Pro addon.
  • Added a nice global wait for all ajax calls.
  • Added an error message to be displayed when we're doing ajax and the user is not authenticated.


  • Tested with WP 4.1


  • Added: Create a blank functions.php file option (Thanks Tobias Kaupat for the suggestion).
  • Added a link to edit theme after the child theme is created.
  • Changed the UI. Parent and Child Themes are nicely separated.
  • Added a sidebar in the screen where child themes are created
  • Fixed some wrong call to action (left from another plugin).


  • Fixed: A notice in the settings
  • Fixed a typo
  • Tested with WP 4.0.1



  • Added the buttons under the 2nd editor
  • Hid the plugin from the Tools menu
  • Integrated with Orbisius Theme Switcher


  • Tested with WP 3.8.1


  • Added Plugin's links to the admin nav bar.
  • Added site preview button in the theme editor


  • Added settings link in the Plugin listing.


  • Added an option if the email couldn't be sent to offer the download links.
  • Unsuccessful zip creation was showing as Sent.


  • Minor tweaks after v1.1.3


  • Updated CSS to add some top-margin above the update/save changed buttons
  • Added php syntax check
  • Added Send button so you can email the selected theme and parent theme (if any) to yourself or a colleague.
  • Implemented theme files to be listed recursively (i.e. all files from the selected theme)
  • Fixed JS error on Settings page.
  • Added uninstall.php file to clean after itself
  • Added a check and the notice that shows up on the plugins page won't show up after 24h
  • Added Edit Themes link to the Plugin's -> Action links
  • Improved and better organized the plugin's settings page


  • Reduced the height of the editors (to 22 rows) so the save/delete buttons are visible
  • Restricted the width of the dropdowns in the theme editor so they don't push the editor and the buttons down.
  • Tweaked the position of the New File button and the new form that appears.
  • Tested with WP 3.8


  • Fix: The version 1.1.0 wasn't released properly.


  • Added a new feature to Customize title, description etc of the new child theme


  • Fixed: JS errors are cause errors with other plugins
  • Loads plugin's JS/CSS files only on child theme creator pages (admin area)


  • Tested with WP 3.7.1
  • Added New File and Delete operations for Theme Editor #1 (left)
  • Respects the DISALLOW_FILE_EDIT constant, which if set to true will disable the Theme editor
  • Added a quick fix to use file modification time for the css and js assets.


  • Added: Theme Editor
    • New File, checks for existing file are made on typing.
    • Delete File


  • Tested with WP 3.7
  • Loading current theme in the left editor if there is no theme selected yet.
  • Reduced the font size of the links in the top right corner of Child Theme Creator and Theme Editor
  • Separated Parent themes from Child ones
  • Hid the advanced section. Was confusing and scaring people. If you really want to copy functions pass &orb_show_copy_functions parameter to the Child Plugin page.


  • Tested under WordPress Multisite environment
  • Added menus in WordPress Multisite environment
  • Added an option for network wide theme activation (which is mutually exclusive with make theme active).
  • Added double editor for easy theme editing.
  • Added Orbisius: Edit to the theme list
  • Show a notice in the plugins area to let the user know how to work with the plugin. On multisite the message is shown only on the network site.
  • Aded minimized versions for main css and js


  • Tested with wp 3.6.1
  • Added a link in the Appearance
  • Added header.php to the copied file list
  • Added a checkbox in case the user wants to switch to the newly created theme
  • Added a checkbox in case the user wants to copy the functions.php from the parent theme
  • Removed parent theme's license from the copied list
  • Removed the Create Child Theme From themes that are child themes already
  • Skipping hidden files (files starting with a dot)
  • Copying admin/ from the parent theme if it exists
  • Added some security checks if the user actually has permission to install themes
  • Fixed some notices


  • Tested with wp 3.6
  • Added settings page in case users want to check it.
  • Added a few notices about http://qsandbox.com


  • Tested with wp 3.5.2


  • Added links to video demo


  • Initial release

Requires: 3.4 or higher
Compatible up to: 4.7.1
Last Updated: 3 weeks ago
Active Installs: 20,000+


4 out of 5 stars


Got something to say? Need help?


Not enough data

0 people say it works.
0 people say it's broken.

100,1,1 100,1,1
100,1,1 100,1,1