I was wondering if its possible to have my theme style.css in a css folder rather than in the root? I assume that the Theme Metadata has to be in the theme root, but could the actual styles be moved? Is this a piece of meta data I would add to the theme meta?

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You can just register another stylesheet instead of style.css:

add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'enqueue_theme_css' );

function enqueue_theme_css()
        get_template_directory_uri() . '/css/default.css'

This is, in my opinion, better than using style.css.

  • Your link is useful. THis leads me to wonder what the difference between get_template_directory_uri and get_stylesheet_directory_uri. Is it just the filters that are applied? @toscho
    – Jamie
    Jan 11, 2014 at 1:13
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    @JamieWright template refers to the parent theme if there is one. stylesheet is the currently used theme. If you don’t write a child theme, use the template functions.
    – fuxia
    Jan 11, 2014 at 1:19
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    It's worth noting that style.css has to be in the root directory of the theme in order to register the theme with WordPress (to show up on Appearance > Themes). However, you don't have to use it to actually load styles.
    – mrwweb
    Apr 5, 2016 at 22:32
  • And where do you add said function?
    – Edward
    Jun 21, 2017 at 15:28
  • @user3411192 In the functions.php.
    – fuxia
    Jun 21, 2017 at 15:29

Originally I said

You could make your child theme stylesheet import another stylesheet

@import url("subdirectory/file.css");*

But this was incorrect as this is no longer the preferred way to reference a style sheet.

Now, I have discovered a plugin that makes child's play of creating a child theme (please excuse the pun) https://wordpress.org/plugins/child-theme-configurator/

You could probably use this plugin to enqueue your other stylesheet. Might be worth having a look at the instructions to see if this is practical.

Hope this helps.

  • @import is slow, because the browser has to parse the first stylesheet in order to obtain the URL. And please do not use hard-coded paths. wp_content as well as the WordPress installation directory can be any name, so this is not portable code.
    – fuxia
    Apr 5, 2016 at 20:18
  • For more information on Child Themes see codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes Apr 6, 2016 at 16:05

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