Customizing a WordPress theme without changing it?

Posted by Prem Tiwari | Updated on

While you can’t modify it without changing it, you can isolate the parts you change by creating a Child Theme. In summary:

  1. Create a theme directory on peer with your “parent” theme,
  2. Create a style.css file in your new directory that has a Template: declaration in the comments naming your parent theme and an @import url(../%parent-theme%/style.css) to import the CSS from the parent theme,
  3. Activate your new theme in the WordPress admin console,
  4. Add new files and/or copy files from your parent theme directory to your child theme directory and modify them to your preference, and
  5. That’s it!

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