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WordPress 3 Complete by April Hodge Silver

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Creating a child theme

If you can find an existing theme or theme framework that you like, and you just want to use your CSS and HTML skills, you can create a child theme. A child theme uses the parent theme as a starting point and, without changing the theme framework itself, alters just the bits you want to alter. There are some themes, named theme frameworks, that were created specifically with the idea that you would come along and make child themes for them.

Let's take a quick look at how to make a child theme.

Creating the new theme directory

Since it comes bundled, let's make a child theme of twentyten and call it twentyeleven. Create a new folder in wp-content/themes/, and name it twentyeleven.

Creating the stylesheet

The only file you need ...

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