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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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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roots child theme can't override header.php

I made a child theme for roots and it worked as expected. I can override everything, including footer.php, but not header.php. My header.php looks exactly like the one from roots at the moment, except ...
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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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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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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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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 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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How to replace the twentyten image header with my flash banner?

I am currently building a site using a child theme for the first time. Basically, I have a flash banner the client has already had made, and want to replace the twentyten image banner with the flash. ...
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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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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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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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Opinions and recommendations on the best barebones base theme [closed]

Preamble I'm finding myself building more and more WP sites "from scratch" as it were (ie: ignoring any theme designs out there and just creating a design wireframe purely on the needs of the client. ...
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Difference between stylesheet_directory and template_directory

What is the differene between stylesheet_directory and template_directory? Is that representing Child theme and Parent theme?
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Localization: Textdomain of Child teme

I am creating a series of WP child themes which are dependent of a parent theme which I will be using as a framework. I need to have these themes (both parent and children) localized. from ...
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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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Removing custom background and header feature in child theme

I am creating a child theme using twentyten as my base. I am looking for a way to remove the features of adding custom header and background without touching functions.php file in the parent theme. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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how can I remove the sidebar from my wp homepage [closed]

What's the best practice when it comes to removing the sidebar on the wordpress homepage? I'm using wp Version 3.2.1 and Skeleton Child Theme 1.6
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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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Make “sidebar template” the default template for new pages

On Twenty Eleven or on its child themes the default template for new pages is a template with no sidebar. I don't know why this is like this; it seems to me that the designers of Wordpress are still ...
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How do I create a magazine type menu - sub-menu setup using wp_nav_menu and child of twentyten? [closed]

I'm trying to create a menu and submenu with a child theme of twentyten, similar to this at the LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/ where when the site is first opened, it displays a set of childs, and ...
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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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Simple child theme modification but links are broken

I have created a simple child theme to modify the Minimal theme by Elegant Themes. The child theme loads with the changes I have made, but the links to pages in the header are all messed up. Rather ...
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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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CSS in child theme not overriding the parent theme [closed]

I am trying to make a child theme for a premium template. My css isn't overriding the parent though. I'm trying to figure out what's going on. Other than important the parent theme's css, is there ...
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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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Creating new templates in child themes breaks layout

I am learning how to create new templates in WP. I am using a child theme of Twenty Eleven. My problem is that whenever I create a new template the layout breaks. For debugging I stopped using any ...
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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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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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How to create a second index.php?

I need a duplicate of index.php, but slightly modified. I added a "vote it up" plugin. So, I want the user to select how to display posts - by new or by popular. I know what to add to second ...
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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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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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Do I only need to import style.css for a child theme?

I am creating a child theme for the first time, and sort of learning as I go. I am having an issue with the way videos are showing up on a mobile phone with my child theme, but not with my parent ...
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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 ...