In This Chapter
Defining the relationship between parent and child themes
Tweaking child themes with styles
Customizing child themes with images
Modifying child themes with template files
Using a theme exactly how the author released it is great. If a new version is released that fixes a browser compatibility issue or adds features offered by a new version of WordPress, a quick theme upgrade is very easy to do.
However, there’s a good chance you’ll want to tinker with the design, add new features, or modify the theme structure. If you modify the theme, you won’t be able to upgrade to a newly released version without modifying the theme again.
If only you could upgrade customized versions of themes with new features when they’re released. Fortunately, child themes give you this best-of-both-worlds theme solution.
This chapter explores what child themes are, how to create a child theme–ready parent theme, and how to get the most out of using child themes.
A WordPress theme consists of a ...