I am getting an issue with loading relevant images within CSS file from a child theme directory. I placed -

Sites: example.com OR sub-domain.example.com

background-image: url(/wp-content/themes/child-theme-name/images/some-image.png);

Now the above works fine when the site is in the root folder (or sub-domains) but the path breaks when the site is from a sub-directory installation.

Site: example.com/sub-folder

I tried with

    background-image: url(../wp-content/themes/child-theme-name/images/some-image.png);

Now it works in sub-folders but again breaks in the root or sub-domain.

How to write the correct file path which will work in both root or sub-directory site where the images will be loaded from a child theme folder (say images folder)

  • Where is the CSS file stored in your child theme?
    – Minh Tri
    Commented May 6, 2016 at 6:51
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    Simply try background:url(images/some-image.png) if css file and image folder in same folder. Else use ../ to specify location. No need to start url with wp-content.
    – Rishabh
    Commented May 6, 2016 at 6:59
  • in the root of the theme directory. themes/child-theme-name/style.css
    – Ayanize
    Commented May 6, 2016 at 7:00
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    To be clear, it would be great if you can update your question with URLs to both main site and sub folder site pages where images look broken. Commented May 6, 2016 at 7:45

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There's no need for the wp-content/themes path - both themes sit in the same directory, so you can just traverse up one and then back down to child theme:

background-image: url(../child-theme-name/images/some-image.png);

Update: Regarding your answer to "where is the CSS file stored", you inferred that the stylesheet resides in the child theme folder - in which case you are massively overcomplicating things and can just use (as @Rishabh suggested):

background-image: url(images/some-image.png);

Relative paths in a stylesheet are relative to the stylesheet itself - not the document, the parent theme, or anything else for that matter.


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