Add childtheme creation to the standard WP installation (3 posts)

  1. W.P. Ginfo
    Posted 3 years ago #


    I have noticed that may new WP-users are unaware of the virtues of childthemes, when they start to adapt their site to meet their needs.

    A large number of new users find it difficult / cumbersome to create one.

    Much time is taken up in forums to explain 'why-and-how' to install and use a childtheme. More time is spent explaining 'how to fix things' after a mishap.

    I feel it would be an improvement if WP would 'by default' include a simple and hassle-free option to create a childtheme. This should be 'brought to the attention' of the user when a new theme is installed or another theme activated.

  2. Andrew Nevins
    Forum moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    There is a 'one click plugin' to create a Child Theme. Creating the Child Theme this way only provides the functionality of a Custom CSS plugin. A Child Theme is created in the dashboard, with only a style.css file. It does not allow the copying of other files into the Child Theme.

    So, I think by introducing the option to create a Child Theme through the dashboard, like the mentioned plugin, users will be limited to modifications through a style.css file. Maybe this functionality can be introduced; to allow users to copy files from their parent theme into their Child Theme.

    I think users will still need to create a Child Theme through FTP and understand what they're doing and why they're doing it for them to benefit properly from the Child Theme.

  3. W.P. Ginfo
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi Andrew,

    It's always nice if people understand what they are doing, I agree.
    However, even if they don't, it is helpful to get at least the basics sorted. A bit like using seatbelts: they don't stop you from being a bad driver, or from having accidents; they do limit the damage 'in the event of...'

    BTW when using the 'one click childtheme', should you want to edit php-files, simply copy the files from the original theme into the childtheme folder, and edit as required [you probably knew that anyway..].

    So what I want is give a simple access to a basic requirement.
    Hence my request to include this feature in such a way that it is 'less likely to be overlooked'.

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