I need to edit a few files that are part of a parent theme that I am using. I have put them in the child theme folder.

Now I need to deal with the function for it.

This is the function in the parent theme's functions.php file. The function references the files that I need to edit and of course I could edit them in the parent theme but then that defeats the purpose of a child theme with theme updates.

function kioken_builder_init() {


    if ( defined('WPB_VC_VERSION') ) {        

        require_once (KIO_FUNC_DIR . 'builder/k_image.php');
        require_once (KIO_FUNC_DIR . 'builder/team.php');
        require_once (KIO_FUNC_DIR . 'builder/additionals.php');
        require_once (KIO_FUNC_DIR . 'builder/testimonial_slider.php');    

        require_once (KIO_FUNC_DIR . 'builder/types/iconselector.php');
        require_once (KIO_FUNC_DIR . 'builder/types/kioconpicker.php');
        require_once (KIO_FUNC_DIR . 'builder/types/dropdown_multi.php');



add_action('admin_init', 'kioken_builder_init');

if (defined('WPB_VC_VERSION')) {
        $tmpdir = get_stylesheet_directory() . '/kioken/functions/builder/vc_templates/';
        require_once (KIO_FUNC_DIR . 'builder/builder_row.php');
        require_once (KIO_FUNC_DIR . 'builder/builder_column.php');


1 Answer 1


In your child functions file, try:

remove_action('admin_init', 'kioken_builder_init');

function ben_kioken_builder_init() {

    if ( defined('WPB_VC_VERSION') ) {         
add_action('admin_init', 'ben_kioken_builder_init');

You don't need the if(is_admin()) check because admin_init only fires on admin pages.

  • The child functions file loads before the parent functions file, so I have doubts about this solution. That is, kioken_builder_initwill be hooked in after you try to remove it. Have you tested this solution?
    – s_ha_dum
    Commented Oct 12, 2014 at 23:35
  • Ah, load order issues. No I haven't tested. So how do you remove an add_action from a parent theme?
    – shanebp
    Commented Oct 12, 2014 at 23:55
  • Look at the priority parameter for add_action. You will need to be clever with that.
    – s_ha_dum
    Commented Oct 13, 2014 at 0:03
  • @shanebp that didn't give me any errors but I think its seeing the folder/files? Unless I put the other code after the add action but I don't think I need that. Commented Oct 13, 2014 at 21:49

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