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  • Jay Versluis 1:15 pm on November 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Categories: Plugins ( 19 ), WordPress ( 145 )   

    Child Theme Wizard – Version 1.1 released 


    I’ve released a new version of my popular Child Theme Wizard plugin today. Everything remains the same, except for one thing: the parent theme is no longer loaded via CSS, it’s now being loaded via PHP. Let me explain why.

    When I wrote this little tool in 2014, the best practice to create a child theme was to load the parent’s style sheet via CSS. This was done with an @import statement, like this:

    @import url("parent-theme/style.css");

    While this approach works just fine, this is no longer regarded as the best approach to the puzzle. That’s because the parent theme’s full path is hard coded into your child theme, and should the parent theme ever change it’s folder name, your child theme would stop working.

    There’s a better way to get the same thing done by loading the parent style sheet via PHP in the functions.php file. Here’s how it’s done:

    function theme_enqueue_styles() {
        $parent_style = 'parent-style';
        wp_enqueue_style( $parent_style, get_template_directory_uri() . '/style.css' );
        wp_enqueue_style( 'child-style',
            get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/style.css',
            array( $parent_style )
    add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'theme_enqueue_styles' );

    So that’s what the update does: switch from the older way of loading the parent theme to the new one. There. Keeping up with the times and all 🙂

    Download Child Theme Wizard

    You can download the plugin from the official WordPress Plugin repository, or take a look at the source code on GitHub. Enjoy!

    • John McCulloch 7:59 pm on February 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Mr. Versluis,

      Thank you for creating the child theme wizard. I watched your video and read the documentation associated with it, but I still don’t understand what the Child Theme URL field is referring to. Could you please explain further? Thank you,warm regards,

      John M.

      • Jay Versluis 2:56 am on February 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hi John, the URL field is a metadata field. If you take a look at your installed themes, you’ll find that the ones made by WordPress link to automattic.com – that’s the URL you put in there, one that links to your theme (say a Github page, or where or where others can download your theme). Needless to say it’s optional.

    • dutchguru 6:03 pm on March 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hello mr Jay Versluis,

      The plugin made a subdir, copied the style.css and a start for the function.php. So far so good.
      [A] I have lot of CSS made for shadow buttons and so on. But were not executed. Made the extensions by hand in the ‘normal’ style.css and it’s working. ( but I have still a few websites to go.

      [B] I made an enhancement to the footer.php, can I arrange this by coping the footer.php to the Child-directory ?

      • Jay Versluis 10:33 pm on March 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hi there! As for A, I have no idea. Anything in the child theme’s style.css should be pulled in. If it doesn’t work, I don’t know why. And B, yes indeed – you’re absolutely right: copy the footer.php (or any other amended file) into the child theme’s directory, and WordPress will load that instead of the original. As a rule of thumb, if a file is present in the child theme, it will be loaded instead of the original.

        • dutchguru 6:25 am on March 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          Hello, thanks for your answer.
          Regarding [B]
          if the theme author made also an enhancement in the footer.php, I’missing by copying the full file.
          What if I take this footer.php, just only my lines ….. or will it be completely overwritten ?

          • Jay Versluis 7:15 am on March 22, 2016 Permalink

            You’ll have to copy the entire file over, WordPress will replace it completely. Partial amendments only work with style.css, all other files will be overwritten completely by the child theme.

    • David Knoerr 6:44 pm on August 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Your plugin worked great thank you!!! No problems.

      • Jay Versluis 11:06 pm on August 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Excellent, glad to hear it. Thank you, David!

  • Jay Versluis 8:17 pm on March 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Child Theme Wizard   

    Categories: Plugins ( 19 ), Screencast ( 87 ), WordPress ( 145 )   

    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:



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


    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.

    • Mary Buchanan 7:51 pm on March 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Jay, I was going to install this plug-in, but it hasn’t been tested with the current version of Word Press. Any chance you would be taking a look soon? Thanks,

      • Jay Versluis 11:38 pm on March 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Mary, the plugin works fine with the current version of WordPress. I’ve tested it a few days ago but didn’t get a chance to update the WordPress repo yet. I shall take the opportunity to do so now.

        • Mary Buchanan 12:12 pm on March 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks Jay, your plugin looks like the perfect solution to my problem of inheriting a website set up in the parent theme. I’ll let you know how it goes.

          • Jay Versluis 6:56 pm on March 22, 2018 Permalink

            You’re very welcome, Mary. If you encounter any issues, please let me know.

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