The cool thing of using self-hosted WordPress as your blogging platform is you can still rock and roll even using a free default theme like twenty seventeen for example, yeah! Twenty Seventeen is most used default theme out there.
You can freely modify the theme appearance by tweaking through live customizer or get your hand a little dirty with a basic or advanced coding stuff.
Do you know? making wordpress child theme now is easy, unlike in the past when people craft it from scratch. Yeah! we must say thanks to talented wp plugins developer who made it easy for us.
Now, it’s easy for us to create a child theme, and learn to developing it for our site appearance and customization that we like.
In this post i’ve made a list of plugin that you can use to work with, but it’s better to understand why we have to make and use a child theme instead of the parent theme.
Why we have to create child theme and why not just using the parent instead?
Child theme are strongly and the recommended way to modify WordPress theme without touching the existing parent theme.
- By using child theme will avoid all change we have made lost if we upgrading the parent theme.
- It’s a great way for beginner like us to learn about wordpress theme development and it also made us easy to work with it.
- And of course it will make work more fast for advanced wordpress theme developer.
- Some things cannot be changed using only the Customizer.
Below is the 7 list of plugins you can use to easily generate a wordpress child theme.
1. Child Theme Configurator by Lilaea Media
Child Theme Configurator is a fast and easy to use utility that allows you to analyze any theme for common problems, create a child theme and customize it beyond the options of the Customizer.
Designed for WordPress users who want to be able to customize child theme stylesheets directly, Child Theme Configurator lets you easily identify and override the exact CSS attributes you want to customize.
The Analyzer scans the rendered theme and automatically configures your child theme. It correctly enqueues theme and font stylesheets for optimum performance and handles vendor-specific syntax, giving you unlimited control over the Child Theme look and feel while leaving your Parent Theme untouched.
2. Child Theme Generator by Serafino Corriero
This plugin will generate a child theme in few steps, quickly and safely, it will not slow down your website or spam your database.
Child Theme Generator is available in:
3. Child Theme Creator by Orbisius by Svetoslav Marinov (Slavi)
This plugin allows you to quickly create child themes from any theme that you have currently installed on your site/blog.
It also creates rtl.css if exists in the parent theme.
4. WP Child Theme Generator by WEN Solutions
WP Child Theme Generator is a very easy and user friendly plugin to create a child theme for any theme supported by WordPress CMS. With multiple option of creating child theme you can easily create and customize your child theme.
The plugin provides two option for creating a child theme, one is easy child theme creating option which creates child theme with just one click and another is custom child theme creating option which helps you to modify the child theme information (like author, author URI, child theme name etc.).
With these multiple options you can easily create a child theme and customize your theme.
5. Easy Child Theme Creator by Ashok G
This is a wordpress plugin which will enable the admin to create a child theme for a selected parent theme.
One click Creation of child theme.
Configure Theme Name.
Configure Author etc.,
6. Childify Me by Rocco Aliberti
Ftp credential requests handled in the Customizer.
Child-theme’s screenshot generated from the parent screenshot, with a ribbon dynamically added.
Child-theme’s author dynamically generated from the user Name and Last Name, if set, otherwise falls back on a generic “Administrator”.
7. Child Theme Wizard by Jay Versluis
The Child Theme Wizard lets you create a new child theme without the need for additional tools, right from within the WordPress admin interface. Once activated you can find it under Tools – Child Theme Wizard.
Specify a parent theme, customise options such as title and description and click Create Child Theme. Upon success you will find your new theme under Appearance – Themes.
Pick one of those plugins you like to create wordpress child theme for your blog/website. Me.. is using Child Theme Configurator by Lilaea Media, i use this plugin to learn about wordpress theme development stuff.
I prefer using a software called MAMP and work with it on my computer local server while offline, mostly offline.
To do that, first i download the plugin and the theme that needed, and then i work offline with MAMP. I’ve made a post about how to use MAMP on local server, you can read here.
If you want to install the plugin while you are online and do it live on your WordPress site, in WP admin page you can easily go to > Left panel > Plugins > Add New and find those plugin from there.
If you want to learn how to craft child theme manually, you can find how to do it here at WordPress developer page.
Just like i’ve said above, that the cool thing of using self-hosted wordpress as blogging platform is we still can rock and roll even if we only using a default free theme, and also can learn to do it yourself.
Okay! That’s it, hope this short post can help you to easily create child theme and learn to develop it by yourself.
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