I am trying to change my @import style.css to wp_enqueue_style for my child themes. I added the following into my functions.php child theme and it returns a 500 error. I looked at this and pretty much followed it to the T. I also looked at this but the answer didn't make sense to me. I am pretty new at this so I just couldn't make the jump.

    function child_styles() {
    wp_enqueue_style( 'parent-style', get_template_directory_uri () .'/style.css' );
add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'child_styles' );

Any help would be good here as I would rather enqueue scripts the faster and better way. I am testing this on my local before activating it live, so I can't give the site URL.


I think if you change your wp_enqueue_style to the one below it will work perfectly. This is the way I do it inside my own functions.php file.

function wpse_scripts() {
    // Theme Stylesheet
    wp_enqueue_style('style', get_stylesheet_uri());
add_action('wp_enqueue_scripts', 'wpse_scripts');

Although you can do it the way your doing it, it's just you've added a / before your style.css and you don't need that. By adding the / your script is looking for a folder called style.css

function wpse_scripts() {
    // Theme Stylesheet
    wp_enqueue_style('style', get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . 'style.css');
add_action('wp_enqueue_scripts', 'wpse_scripts');

The way your doing it would be done like this

Here are some places to start when changing your functions.php in your child theme.

Child Theme

  • Thanks for that. I tried it but it still didn't work. I am using a WPMU site with multiple themes. Would this cause issues? – Ollie Feb 2 '16 at 22:38
  • Have you tried the bottom solution I gave you? If not then I'm not too sure as I've not really done much on WPMU – Stephen Feb 2 '16 at 22:39
  • Yeah, I tried both snippets and neither work. I thought they would as they look pretty standard. Do you think there is a need to identify the exact parent theme I am looking to use as there are several themes in the setup? – Ollie Feb 2 '16 at 22:50
  • You try try identifying the exact parent theme whether it will work or not though I have no idea my friend. Best of luck with this – Stephen Feb 2 '16 at 23:07
  • Some of the child theme functions were messing with the parent functions. Once I removed them your solution worked. – Ollie Feb 3 '16 at 0:42

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