How To Install A WordPress Child Theme

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How To Install A WordPress Child Theme

In this article, we will show you how to install a WordPress child theme. Do you want to install a child theme on your WordPress website?

Child themes are outstanding for making customizations because they allow you to take advantage of the powerful features of a parent theme or framework.

What is a WordPress Child Theme?

WordPress child themes depend on a parent theme or a composition framework.

Child themes borrowed all features and appearance of their parent theme and can modify them without touching the code of parent theme.

More free and premium WordPress themes come with a good deal of customization options.

However, sometimes you may even need to manually add code to your theme.

If you add code directly to your theme’s files, then your changes will get overwritten when you update your theme.

Child themes solve this problem by admitting you to add your customizations to the child theme.

This way, when you update the parent theme, all your changes will stay intact.

Child themes are more ordinarily used with WordPress theme frameworks.

These frameworks are robust parent themes that offer a strong base for theme developers to build upon.

Genesis is one such popular theme framework.

There are stacks of child themes available for Genesis that you can get from StudioPress.

How To Install A WordPress Child Theme

To learn more about WordPress child themes, we commend you to read our article on what is a WordPress child theme?

Anyways, there are way more pros than cons.

Want to customize your WordPress theme with a child theme of your own?

Follow the instructions in our step by step guide on how making a WordPress child theme.

Having said that, let’s get a look at how to easily install a WordPress child theme.

Step 1: Installing the WordPress Child Theme

Installing the WordPress child theme is no different than setting up any other WordPress theme.

Inside your WordPress dashboard area, head over to under Appearance » Themes page and then click on the Add New button.

There are two different and simple methods to install your WordPress theme.

Method 1: If your child theme is available as a free theme on WordPress.org theme directory, then you can look for it by typing its name in the theme search box. Under Appearance » Themes click on the search bar.

From the search results, take your mouse to the theme you were looking for and then click on the Install button.

WordPress will now download and install your child theme directly.

It will likewise look for required parent theme.

If the parent theme is likewise available on WordPress.org theme directory, then it will automatically install it for you.

Method 2: If your child theme came as a zip file, then you just need to click on the ‘Upload Theme’ button under Appearance » Themes. This will show you theme upload option directly by clicking on the upload button.

Click on choose file to take the theme zip file from your computer and then click on ‘Install Now’ button.

WordPress will now upload the theme zip file from your computer and put in it.

It will also check if the parent theme is put in.

If parent theme is available from the WordPress.org theme directory, and so it will try to install it.

Otherwise, it will let you know that you will ask to install parent theme manually.

Step 2. Installing WordPress Parent Theme

WordPress will automatically try to set up the parent theme if it is available on WordPress.org theme directory.

If it gives out to install the parent theme, then you will not be able to activate the child theme.

Broken WordPress child theme

It will indicate your child theme as broken on the themes page.

Here is how you will set up your parent theme. The first thing is, move to your parent theme’s website and download the theme zip file.

Now move to Appearance » Themes page and then click on the Add New button.

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After that, click on the ‘Upload Theme’ button.

This will show you theme upload option.

Click on the choose file button to select the theme .zip file from your computer and then select the .zip theme file and click on the ‘Install Now’ button.

Upload WordPress Theme

After installing both the parent and child WordPress themes, you can go forward and activate the child theme.

Note: Keep in mind that you don’t need to activate the parent WordPress theme in order to use the child theme on your site.

We hope this article helped you learn how to install a WordPress child theme.

You may also want to view our guide on how to how to find which files to edit in a WordPress theme.

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