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How to install a child theme in WordPress

install a child theme in WordPress

Looking for a way to install a child theme in WordPress website? Here in this article, we will show you the process to install a child theme on your WordPress website.

If you want to customize your website and add additional features, a child theme will help you a lot. You can customize the child theme as you want without affecting your website. With a child theme, you can implement the features and options of the parent theme too.

What is a child theme?

A child theme is a dependent theme on the parent theme or parent framework. A child theme can borrow all the features, options, and functionalities of the parent theme or framework. Using a child thee you can customize all the settings and add new features without affecting the parent theme function.

Every WordPress theme offers many features and customization. You can also add additional features by adding custom code to your theme. All the WordPress themes update regularly. So when you add code directly to your theme it will be overwritten when the theme is updated.

The child theme will solve this problem. If you add your customization in your child theme all of your customization features will remain safe when you update the parent theme.

Install a child theme in WordPress

Install a child theme is similar to install a normal theme on your website. Simply go to Appearance > Themes > Add new. Now if your theme is available in the WordPress theme directory then search for the theme and click on the install button when the theme appears.

install a child theme in WordPress

 

If your selected theme is not available in the WordPress theme directory then you need to upload the zip file of the theme. Click on the Upload Theme button and upload your theme file.

install a child theme in WordPress

Click on the install now button and it will install the theme. Before install, the theme WordPress will also check if there is any parent install or not. If there is no parent theme available it will notify you to install the parent theme.

Install parent theme

If the parent theme of the child theme is available on the WordPress theme directory then it will automatically try to install the parent theme. But if the theme is not available it notifies you to install the theme manually. If the parent theme is not installed then you won’t be able to install the child theme.

So go to the parent theme website and download the theme zip file. Now following the same process, you can install the parent theme. Go to Appearance > Themes > Add New > Upload Theme. 

Select the parent theme zip file and click on the install button. Your parent theme will be installed and activate the theme. To use the child theme there is no need to activate the parent theme. So without activating the parent theme you can customize the child theme.

Wrapping Up

Following the process, you will be able to install and customize a child theme on your WordPress website. You can see our other articles to learn How to Add Drop Caps in WordPress Posts

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