Ahmad Awais

Senior Full Stack WordPress developer — WP Core Contributor — Front-end Fanatic — Accidental Writer. I love to write, talk, build, and share everything about WordPress. You can find me making small automation scripts for DevOps stuff or toying around with WP Business ideas. Let's catch up at Twitter @MrAhmadAwais.

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Introducing _Child – A WordPress Child Theme Boilerplate

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“I found out there was no child theme included. Dang! Now I have to create one!”

— #my_reaction_when

This is how we all sound when we have to create a child theme. There is really no rocket science to the process of creating child themes, but as a front-end fanatic, I always look for the best practices.

Today when I had to create a child theme, I thought of creating a boilerplate first, by DRY (Don’t Repeat Yourself) philosophy. So, there you go, a WordPress child theme boilerplate was born, and the only parent (me) chose to call it _child.

_child_WP-child-boilerplate-theme-ahmad-awais

How to Stuff?

There are only two files in _child. Which are

Style.css

Inside _child’s style.css, there is nothing but a comment for WP to read it as a theme. At line #7 there is a template tag, which you need to replace with the folder’s name of your parent theme.

Functions.php

This file is a bit interesting. There’s a function called aa_enqueue_styles() which is responsible for enqueuing two style sheets.

If you have any questions, let me know.

_Child WP Child Theme Boilerplate

It lives at GitHub under a tree called GPL license. Start it, fork it. Pull requests are welcomed!

Download v1.0.0Star or Fork

P.S. _child is an open-source theme, which means anyone can send pull requests to enhance it and make it better. My friend Matt Cromwell recently contributed to _child in the form of a branch called cleanup, _child in this branch dequeues and deregisters parent theme’s sidebars, widgets, post_types, and scripts (JS & CSS). Thus the name is cleanup.

P.P.S. A few beginner developers requested this gif on how to clone the _child boilerplate.

Clone_child

 

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Senior Full Stack WordPress developer — WP Core Contributor — Front-end Fanatic — Accidental Writer. I love to write, talk, build, and share everything about WordPress. You can find me making small automation scripts for DevOps stuff or toying around with WP Business ideas. Let's catch up at Twitter @MrAhmadAwais.