I developed a child theme of Twenty Eleven. I need additional theme options, so i added a theme-options.php file inside my child theme's folder.

However, it appears the option page is still the 2011 theme's option screen. I can't either replace or add another one.

Question: what is the correct procedure to add options to a child theme?

In case you wish to see the code, here is my theme-options.php code.

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This thread suggests that this isn't necessarily an intended Child Theme usecase so theme-options.php isn't explicitly overrideable. It indicates that you should rather be adding extra options using add_settings_field and the admin_init hook.

  • Thanks a lot, that pointed me to a great solution: using add_settings_field is exactly what i needed. There is a very handy working example if anyone is having the same need: codex.wordpress.org/Settings_API
    – pixeline
    Feb 20, 2012 at 18:38

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