This is part one of five covering the WordPress Child Theme Generator. This tutorial series will give a full review of the generator and how to maximize your WordPress child theme.
In Part 1, I will review the purpose of the WordPress Child theme and how to fill out the form for the WordPress Child Theme Generator. After you watch the video, you can create your own WordPress child theme using the link below.
This content is covered in the video but is available here for those who like to read.
The first step in using the WordPress child theme generator is to have a basic understanding of what a WordPress child theme is and does. Basically, a WordPress child theme is a theme that contains additional code that you create and this added code allows customization to the parent theme. The child theme also inherits all of the code and functionality from your installed parent theme.
Having a child theme in place allows you to customize the theme that you are using without changing the core files of that theme. This in turn preserves your customizations when the parent theme is updated.
Using my wordpress child theme generator provides you with a fully functional child theme from which you can customize your existing site. The customizations you can make are almost limitless. My wordpress child theme generator will provide you with a significant portion of the CSS code that you need for the basic child theme and it also gives you a solid foundation to customize from.
The first step to using the wordpress child theme generator is to fill out the child theme generator form below. Put in your name and a good e-mail address. Make sure that you use an e-mail address that you have access to because the WordPress child theme generator will send the code for the child theme to the e-mail address that you provide.
In the field that says “Child Theme Name,” you will enter the name of the file that you want your child theme to be named. I find it easiest to title it the same name as the theme and add the word child to the end. Make sure you use all lower case and it’s best not to use any spaces. For example, if your active theme is twentyten then your child theme would be be called twentyten-child.
In the next field, you will enter then domain name of your website without the www. In the front.
In the final field, you’ll enter the name of the parent theme for which you’re making the child theme. For this tutorial since we are creating the child theme to support the parent suffusion theme we’ll enter the word suffusion in all lower case.
Now click submit. That’s it. You should receive the code for your child theme in your e-mail and you’re ready for the next step.
In the next tutorial, you will learn how to take the code that we receiv in the e-mail and install it on your server in your wordpress files.