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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:

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:

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!

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:

o option to support custom thumbnail uploads
o export theme option
o add translation

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.

Catch this episode on my WP Guru Podcast: