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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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Comments 2
  • Fahad
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    Fahad Fahad

    Reply Author

    Thanks for the post.
    Q. What if I have made tons of changes (that go way beyond style.css) in my theme without making a child theme? Now the developer is offering an update because its a premium theme but I can’t do it.
    Any solution other than doing the whole stuff again.


    • Ahmad Awais
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      Ahmad Awais Ahmad Awais

      Reply Author

      Nope there is no solution, except fo you stripping out those changes and making them work with a child theme.