WordPress child themes allow you to apply custom changes to your site without the worry of your changes being deleted when the parent theme is updated. Continue reading if you would like to learn how to use or create a child theme.
While child themes are a great way to apply custom changes to Intensity (the parent theme), they are generally used to customize the core code of the parent theme. We cannot provide support for customizations of this kind, as they fall outside our scope of support and we will be unable to assist you with issues that may arise.
What Is A Child ThemeA child theme is a theme that inherits the functionality and styling of another theme, called the parent theme. Child themes are the recommended way of modifying an existing theme.
Why Use A Child ThemeThere are a few reasons why you would want to use a child theme:
- If you modify a theme directly and it is updated, then your modifications may be lost. By using a child theme you will ensure that your modifications are preserved.
- Using a child theme can speed up development time.
- Using a child theme is a great way to learn about WordPress theme development.
Installing The Intensity Child ThemeYou cannot install a child theme without the parent theme being installed, so make sure to install Intensity prior to installing the Intensity Child Theme. Open up your WordPress dashboard/admin, i.e (yourdomain.com/wp-admin) and login. On the right hand side click on “Appearance”, you should now have what looks like the screenshot below. As you can see in the screenshot below, there are a couple of “Add new theme” buttons, click either one.
When you get to the screen that looks like the screenshot below, click on the “Upload Theme” button.
When you get to the screen that looks like the screenshot below, click on the “Browse” button and find the Intensity Child Theme that you want to install. The download from ThemeForest includes a number of child themes for Intensity that you can install.
Once you have selected the child theme that you want to install and the name is shown next to the “Browse” button, go ahead and click “Install” to start the installation of the child theme.
When you get to the screen that looks like the screenshot below, the child theme has successfully been installed and now all you have to do is to click the “Activate” link to activate the child theme.
Congratulations, you have successfully installed the Intensity child theme.
In the image below, the “Intensity Child Theme” is the current “Active” theme. The Parent theme, “Intensity”, is found just to the right of the child theme image. If you are looking to modify the core code of the Intensity theme, use the Intensity Child Theme to make your modifications.
Useful Documentation On Child ThemesIf you’d like to learn more about child themes, check out the links below.
WordPress Codex on Child Themes
How To Create A WP Child Theme video by WPBeginner.com