How To Create Child Themes On Your Main WordPress Install

Child themes are the best way to customize an existing WordPress Theme. They allow you to inherit the functionality of another theme, and extend it without modifying the original theme files.

Using a child theme to customize and extend your WordPress Theme gives you several benefits:

WordPress Child Theme Tutorial Video

  • Inherit functionality from an existing theme
  • Customize and extend it without modifying the original theme files
  • If you break something (which is easy to do when modifying CSS or PHP files) you can easily recover
  • They are very easy to set up!

In the video tutorial I’ll show you exactly how to set up a child theme to extend the SmallBiz WordPress Theme and change fonts, background colors, and functionality in the theme’s footer.php file.

Here are the instructions on the site:

Have fun tweaking your themes, and let me know what you think in the comments below!


By Don Campbell

Don is President and founder of, which provides WordPress Websites and Local Search Marketing solutions and training for small business owners and consultants.Don is a veteran of Silicon Valley Startup Interwoven, where he was created a $5M product line and Microsoft where he was technical evangelist for Office and Office Live. Check out his blog at

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