One of my favorite tools when building a website is Orbisius Child Theme Creator. Sure there are many ways to create a child theme including having one already pre-built and transferring it over to your server via FTP as most developers will suggest.
Of course I recommend you learn how to make a child theme from scratch so that you know what goes into it. But truth be told, that’s not how I learned. I had one built for me the first time and then I started to learn how to use it.
And so if you are new at this and want a simple, quick and easy alternative, here it is.
Using Orbisius is by far the easiest way to create a child theme with very little effort. You literally just install the plug-in, activate it, choose the parent theme, create the child theme, deactivate and remove the plugin and your done. You are not left with an extra plug-in, any residual plug-in files or broken sites.
Here is how you do it step by step.
5 Painless, Codeless, FTPless Steps to Create Your First Child Theme
1. Go to Plugins and select Add New
2. Type in the search form: “Child Theme Creator by Orbisius” and select Install Now
3. Select Activate Plugin
4. Select Create Child Theme
5. Using the parent theme you want to make a child theme, check off the following boxes and then select Create Child Theme
a. Switch theme to the new theme after it is created
b. Create a blank functions.php file
That’s it! In 5 painless steps you have created your first child theme. You can check it out by going to Appearance > Editor where you can begin to make all your customizations.
Now you can even deactivate and uninstall the plug-in because you no longer need it. That’s right. One less plug-in. HA! You are getting good at this WordPress stuff.
Well that’s all for now. I hope you find this article useful.