Child theming is a safe way to modify a theme. A child theme inherits a "parent themes" styles and then can selectively override. This alternative to "destructive" editing allows for safe updating of the parent theme and provides an easy way to undo theme changes.

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child theme - moved files from twentyeleven theme to child them, now not working

I'm trying to create a child theme. I copied the files from my twenty eleven theme into my twenty eleven child theme folder, and now the webpage displays blank page. my dashboard settings changed ...
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Why would changing a child theme to a normal theme pass a Template is missing. error

I have what used to be a child theme but I added to it to the point where its a theme on its own. I pulled out the Template line in the style.css and now I get the: This theme is broken. Template is ...
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bbpress change the word forum, topic, reply in the forum to another word I choose

bbpress I would want to customize my Forum in bbpress. by changing/replacing the words that appear on the forum layout. I would like to change the words (everywhere they appear): Forum, topic, reply. ...
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Declaring an instance of class included in parent theme from child theme functions.php

Please note this is all "working" - the question is about the best practice and to try and work out why I need to include the PHP file which contains the class in two places for it to work correctly. ...
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How to edit bbPress template files - WordPress + BuddyPress + bbPress? [closed]

I am using BuddyPress 1.6.1, bbPress 2.1.2 and WordPress 3.4.2 I follow the guide here. In the end, I did the trick pointed out by Sarah Gooding because mywebsite.com/forums was blank right after ...
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Twenty Eleven Child theme error when attempting to use a rewritten function

I attempted to make a minor change to a function in the Twenty Eleven theme (wordpress 3.4.2) I get this error message: Fatal error: Cannot redeclare twentyeleven_widgets_init() (previously declared ...
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Adding Custom Javascript to Skeleton Child Theme

I'm trying to register & enqueue ImageMapster in my Skeleton Child Theme on the main.php page to make an image map with hovering image effects. I added this code to the "Header Functions" section ...
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Custom post types and child theme

Okay, here's the deal. I am working with a child theme and I want a custom post type. What I did Added the following code the functions.php of the parent theme. add_action( 'init', ...
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How do I copy my Parent Templates to my Child Templates?

I'm trying to customize the Home Page of a Responsive Theme template. I had started with the Responsive theme and then found out that I had to do customizations on a child theme, so I downloaded the ...
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Should a child theme share the same theme options row as the parent, or should it have it's own options row?

I'm developing a theme which uses the NHP Theme Options Framework to add some theme options. Naturally, the theme options framework creates a single row in the database to store the theme's options ...
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Is it possible to make grandchild themes?

If I use one of the popular frameworks such as Genesis, is it possible to create grandchild themes? As an example, I want to use Genesis as the backbone of all my sites. Genesis is called a framework ...
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How do I dequeue a parent theme's CSS file?

My parent theme (Starkers) adds a CSS file that I'm trying to remove (I want to use @import instead so I can override styles more easily). Starkers has the following in its functions.php: add_action( ...
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Vague Errors from VIP Scanner Plugin

I am building a site with WordPress 3.4.2, have made a child theme of WooTheme's Canvas 5 (http://www.woothemes.com/2012/06/canvas/) and am now using the VIP Scanner plugin ...
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How to keep my custom theme changes after updating genesis child theme

I am using a Genesis child theme that I would like to make some custom changes to it, but would like to be able to update it when a new version comes out without loosing my edits. I am familiar with ...
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Rewrite post type slug only for child theme

I'm in multisite where some blogs share the same parent theme for maintenance reasons. All my cpts come from that parent theme, but I would really like that, for one of the blogs, it had an URL mask. ...
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Creating a child-theme: CSS not loading

I created a custom theme (style.css in the dashboard) /* Theme Name: Client customisations Description: Child theme for the client Website Author: Me Author URI: ...
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Override file in parent theme

Presumably a common question, but I'm having some difficulty as it's my first time editing WordPress themes. I'm trying to create child theme based on Zincious. This is all fine for CSS, but when it ...
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Trying to change featured image from 180x180 to full width on home page

Right now my theme puts a 180x180 square image to the left of the title on the home page for each blog post. I'd like to change that to be full width of the content area and below the title. I'm using ...
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Nesting Functions within Functions

I'm looking for an efficient way to group a series of separate but related functions for a child theme I'm designing using theThematic Theme Framework. Thematic does a great job of providing plenty of ...
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How can we hide the parent's theme url at the child themes details on a multisite?

I hope the title makes sense. But anyway, to clear things up, here is a screen shoot of what I mean: To be honest I really don't see how site admins benefit from this piece of information since ...
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add function to thematic hooks [closed]

i am newbie with php , i need help to create function to add it in thematic theme content area from this code ? $term_slug = get_query_var( 'term' ); $taxonomyName = get_query_var( 'taxonomy' ); ...
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Child theme functions.php do I use php open and close tags?

I setup a child theme which works fine. It's importing the main style.css and has custom css styles along with custom header.php and footer.php files When using functions.php in a child theme it's ...
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Removing custom meta box added in parent theme

I am using a child theme, and wish to change one of the meta boxes defined in the parent theme. The meta box is for 'pages' only. I tried using the remove_meta_box in my functions.php, but it has no ...
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Overriding Parent Theme… will cause plugins failure?

I overrides the parent theme by copying "header.php" and "footer.php" files to the "child" folder, it is working nicely. But I wonder if I install a plugin that need to edit the "header.php" or ...
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Select full Image Size on widget “Genesis - Featured Posts”

I'm writing a child theme for Genesis and trying to figure out to get the full image sizes on "Genesis - Featured Posts" widget. The widget has a check box "Show Featured Image" and "Image Size" ...
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How to change the height of featured image in Twenty Eleven child theme

I am trying to change the height of my featured image to 350px in my child theme for Twenty Eleven. Can anyone help?? Note: I am using Twenty Eleven and there is no functions.php file in my child ...
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Assign Menus to Theme Locations with theme activation

A site is using "child1" named child theme. When this site switches to other child theme named "child2", their widgets are moving too but theme locations are not moving. How can i auto assign menus to ...
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disable jscrollpane in specfic div [closed]

I installed the library jscrollpane , and its working fine but i need to disable it in the #content that is in frontpage template // jQuery.noConflict(); jQuery(document).ready(function($) ...
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filterable portfolio with wordpress and jquery

I used this tutorial in creating portfolio page: http://wp.tutsplus.com/tutorials/creating-a-filterable-portfolio-with-wordpress-and-jquery/ I am working on Thematic child theme: ...
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Per theme plugins?

I'm building a plugin that heavily modifies the commenting section of a blog page. It think that I cannot do this in a way that works with all themes — some CSS has to be tweaked, depending on the ...
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Multiple Child Themes

I have a quick question: Is it possible to have multiple child themes activated at once? I need to have many different page templates activate at once. If it's not possible how can I go about it?
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How to remove a parent theme template from Quick Edit?

I was looking for a way to hide the parent theme's templates and found this answer which works perfectly to remove the parent templates from the pages edit screen - How to *remove* a parent theme page ...
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Child theme grabbing wrong location fo parent theme files

I purchased a Wordpress theme this week, and to keep my changes separate from the original theme, I created a child theme for it. Right now it's just a barebones child theme, the style.css file and ...
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Custom widget breaking widget section in admin menu

I am building a child theme at http://habitat.erniehigh.com for a client. I need to add custom widget that shows recent posts by category. I have built similar widgets elsewhere using basically the ...
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Override typo in multiple parent theme files?

I'm using the lovely Imbalance theme from WPShower. I am able to make almost all the modifications I need through files and filters in the child theme I created. However, there is a typo that appears ...
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how do I queue my Child stylesheet/s *after* every Parent stylesheet/statement?

I'm using the well-written Oenology theme by Chip Bennett as the Parent to my own Child theme. In my development process, I've discovered that there are some challenges for people writing Child ...
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Page not found when trying to link to files in child theme directory

I'm trying to create a child theme based on Toolbox 1.4 by Automattic. I have my scripts file saved as child_theme/js/scripts.js on my server and I enqueue it by using wp_enqueue_script( 'scripts', ...
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Use theme constants in plugin?

I'm creating a plugin version of the Roots Theme function additions - to make it a bit more portable, but have run into a snag. Part of what Roots does is add htaccess rules based on the current ...
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Unregister sidebar from Child-Theme

I like to use a child-theme. The parent functions.php function starkers_widgets_init() { // Area 1, located at the top of the sidebar. register_sidebar( array( 'name' => __( 'Primary Widget ...
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Where to put custom PHP files in a child theme?

I am customising a premium WP theme to suit my site better, but I can't quite figure out what to do with PHP files that I customise. Do they just go into the root of the child theme folder? Or do they ...
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PHP Notices appear when browsing any page in admin, but only for child theme, using code from WP Codex

My php_error.log in my console (locally on OSX) is reporting 3 PHP Notices. The PHP Notices only appear when browsing each admin page in the back-end for a site (running multisite) that uses a child ...
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100% Width Footer - Custom Child Theme

I am working on a custom child theme for Wordpress and I can not seem to get a footer width of 100% to be represented. Live Example Page : http://glustik.com/wordpress/ I have tried multiple things, ...
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Child Theme: how to override variables?

I'm going to build my first Child Theme. I understood how to override functions (hope!), but how to override variables? For example, in a Premium Template I want to change the values of feed variables ...
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Widget modifications in a child theme

Can I modify widgets in a child theme? When I change the footer, I don't need extra steps -- it just works. What about widgets? Example: A widget of a theme I am using makes use of google maps. I'd ...
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Best practices - Should I create a child theme vs. customizing a framework theme? (such as HTML5 reset)

I have built quite a number of wordpress sites and have worked frequently with the HTML5 reset theme. My workflow has been to simply edit the files in the theme because I often use quite a bit of ...
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Gettext Loads slightly different text [closed]

@ all single post pages the text to indicate one needs to be logged on to leave a comment is not displayed as expected I have this gettext: msgid "You must be %1$slogged in%2$s to post a comment." ...
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Need help with adding templates (archives and sitemap) to Wordpress child theme

I recently switched themes, and my old theme had templates for sitemap and archive (in fact the archive was one of my most viewed pages.) When I switched themes the link to the archive and sitemap ...
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how to change my child theme featured image dimensions?

I am developing a child theme based on the twentyten theme and now i notice the featured image in the WP backend (wp-admin) shows the wrong scaled image. It shows the "twenty ten" size, meaning an ...
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Twenty ten or Twenty eleven as base for responsive child theme

I'm about to make a new child theme and really would like to learn a bit about making it responsive. The design/changes will be rather small. I've done some child themes for both Twenty ten and ...
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Child Theme vs Duplicate Theme Renamed

Okay, I quite often see people talk about child themes and the reasons for using them instead of modifying the existing theme, but they all seem to center around the idea that if the parent theme is ...