How To Make a Child Theme

What’s a child theme and why do I need one?  WordPress.org covers it pretty well.

Here’s the easy way (AKA Cheat) to create one and make sure you did it right:

  1. Login to your WordPress site
    • Typically sitename.com/wp-admin
  2. In the left hand menu, go to Plugins, Click Add New
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  4. Search for child theme
  5. Click Search Plugins
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  7. Find Orbisius Child Theme Creator
  8. Click Install Now
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  10. Click Activate Plugin
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  12. At the top of the Plugins page, click AppearanceOrbisius Child Theme Creator
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  14. Find the theme you are going to use.  Under the theme name, check “Switch theme to the new theme after it is created
  15. Click Create Child Theme
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  17. Great, you now have a child theme you can make all kinds of changes to without having to worry about losing them when you update your theme.
  18. At this step, I typically Deactivate and Delete the Orbisius Child Theme Creator Plugin because I only use it to create child themes quickly.  That’s just another plugin that could slow down my site from here on out if I don’t remove it now.

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