Introducing Child Theme Wizard for WordPress

wizardI’ve just finished writing a new WordPress Plugin to help you create Child Themes with a single click, and no need for any external tools.

The Child Theme Wizard is a super slim assistant which can be accessed under Tools – Child Theme Wizard. Pick a Parent Theme, enter additional information, click Create Child Theme and you’re all set!

Child Theme Wizard in action

Child Theme Wizard in action

 

If all goes well

If all goes well you’ll see this

 

In case something went wrong

In case something went wrong

Child Theme Wizard allows you to enter the following details:

  • Theme Name
  • Description
  • Theme URL
  • Author Name
  • Author URL
  • Version

You can pick any existing theme that is currently installed, and you won’t be able to choose other child themes as parent themes (obviously). Child Theme Wizard will even pre-populate some of the data if it’s available from your Profile Information.

You can choose to include the GPL License to make your theme ready for Open Source Distribution. It even creates a thumbnail so you can tell your Child Theme apart from your other themes.

Funky Thumbnail included

Funky Thumbnail included

What does Child Theme Wizard do?

To create a Child Theme you have to

  • create a directory on your server
  • create a file called style.css
  • paste template code and tweak it
  • make sure you get your template path right
  • add an empty file called functions.php
  • add a screenshot.png file to make it look pretty

This usually requires an FTP client with credentials, as well as a text editor, or another web interface – in short: it’s much more tedious and time consuming than it really needs to be. Child Theme Wizard does it all conveniently from within the WordPress Admin Interface with a single click.

Why do I need to use Child Themes again?

If you make any modifications to the CSS or functionality of existing themes, and you’re tweaking core files, your changes will be overwritten if your current theme is updated with a new version.

Child Themes however isolate your changes into dedicated files. The Parent Theme can be updated safely and your tweaks remain intact.

Watch the video

In this video I’ll show you Child Theme Wizard in action:

Changelog

  • v1.0 (13/03/2014) – Initial Release

Roadmap

I’d like to include the following features in future updates:

Download and Contribute

Child Theme Wizard is available from the WordPress.org repository. You can download it simply by searching for “child theme wizard” under Plugins – Add New and following the instructions. Or you can download it here:

You can also download and contribute to the code on GitHub:

If you have any suggestions or feature requests, please leave a comment below.





Jay is the CEO and founder of WP Hosting, a boutique style managed WordPress hosting and support service. He has been working with Plesk since version 9 and is a qualified Parallels Automation Professional. In his spare time he likes to develop iOS apps and WordPress plugins, or draw on tablet devices. He blogs about his coding journey at http://wpguru.co.uk and http://pinkstone.co.uk.