One-Click Child Theme WordPress Plugin overview

One-Click Child Theme WordPress Plugin is used to Adds a Theme option to any active theme allowing you to make a child theme..

Please visit the plugin homepage.

Useful for shared hosts, this allows you to easily create child themes from any theme just by clicking.

Ever since WordPress 3.0, you shouldn’t directly modify CSS of any downloaded themes because if you update the theme, your changes will be destroyed. Instead, it is recommended that you create a child theme and edit the CSS there so that updates to the parent theme will be inherited instead of destroy your changes.

The problem many run into is currently the only way to child theme something is edit files on the filesystem. This is non-intuitive for shared-hosting sites with one-click WordPress installs (it usually involves a “shell account” or learning how to use FTP).

This attempts to get around that issue, by adding a button to the themes page to allow you to child theme the page. (It’s not really one-click, though.)

Inspired by @janeforshort’s and @designsimply’s WordCamp SF 2011 talk on CSS theming as requested by @sfgirl for her blog.

I already modified my CSS in the existing theme? How do I use One Click Child Theme to fix this? You can wait for the theme to get updated and have it break it, or you can: Go through the steps for installing and running the plugin above to create a child theme Click on the Appearance > Editor in your admin dashboard menu (or network admin menu if multi-site). Select the parent theme in the drop down on the right, click Select and make sure you are editing the file style.css (select on the right). Copy the changes you made, if you managed to remember them. Select the child theme you created to the drop down in the left (you should be editing style.css). Paste your changes to the end of the file. Your plugin broke my site! I didn’t think that’s possible, but if so, I want to fix it! First, check what really happened. Is your admin console broken, is the theme broken (go to a new window and check your blog). If a theme fails to work and for some reason I didn’t catch that error, WordPress should restore the previous theme (or whatever the default theme is) so your actual blog should be okay and recoverable. If for some reason it didn’t default to the right theme, go into the Appearance menu and re-enable the parent theme. Then go to the support page, describe what happened (screenshots help too) and anything else and we’ll try our best to help you. I can’t find this Theme Option button you are alluding to in the documentation? I really need to update the screenshot. It’s still there, but the location has changed as WordPress has been upgraded. Go to the Appearance tab Click on the Active theme (it should say “Theme Details” when you mouseover) An overlay appears. The Theme option button “Child Theme” is there When I go to the Child Theme menu, it says “X is already a child theme” and I can’t create a child theme. Making grandchildren of themes is non-trivial, so I disabled the form if it is already a child theme. Instead I offer the ability to repair the Child theme or copy template files from the parent into the child for editing. Can the plugin be deleted after I create a Child Theme with it? Yes. The main purpose of the plugin is fulfilled. Congratulations! (Personally, I’d disable it, instead of delete it.) Having said that, there are some things that this plugin help with after your child theme’s birth. Think of it as a parenting guide for your new child theme. Features like? Repair a child theme created in the old style. Copy templates over from your parent theme into your child theme. Replace the child theme screenshot with one of your site When you have an active child theme, click on Appearance > Child Theme to get to these functions. What does the “Repair Child Theme” button do? WordPress changed the recommended way of handling parent references in child themes. If this plugin detects your child theme was done in the old style, it shows this button. Clicking on it will make the plugin attempt a repair into the new style. How come the screenshot service just shows a big 404 The most likely scenario is your WordPress site_url isn’t publicly accessible from the web. What’s with the debugging/error code on child theme creation? You have an old version of this plugin, please update to the latest one. I wrote this plugin back during a talk at WordCamp SF 2011 about CSS Themeing in order to help the person sitting next to me. I just didn’t get to some things. for years. Sorry about that! The debugging code didn’t affect any behavior – it was a sign of me being lazy and not realizing that the plugin would have tens of thousands of avid users! The theme screenshot service doesn’t seem to be working. First of all, is the blog accessible from the public Internet? If not, then that is the problem. But sometimes, even then, mshots seems a bit on the slow side. The plugin uses WordPress.com’s mShots service. You know, I worked at Automattic for years on WordPress.com and I still haven’t quite figured out mShots. Eventually I’ve gott;

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I already modified my CSS in the existing theme? How do I use One Click Child Theme to fix this? You can wait for the theme to get updated and have it break it, or you can: Go through the steps for installing and running the plugin above to create a child theme Click on the Appearance > Editor in your admin dashboard menu (or network admin menu if multi-site). Select the parent theme in the drop down on the right, click Select and make sure you are editing the file style.css (select on the right). Copy the changes you made, if you managed to remember them. Select the child theme you created to the drop down in the left (you should be editing style.css). Paste your changes to the end of the file. Your plugin broke my site! I didn’t think that’s possible, but if so, I want to fix it! First, check what really happened. Is your admin console broken, is the theme broken (go to a new window and check your blog). If a theme fails to work and for some reason I didn’t catch that error, WordPress should restore the previous theme (or whatever the default theme is) so your actual blog should be okay and recoverable. If for some reason it didn’t default to the right theme, go into the Appearance menu and re-enable the parent theme. Then go to the support page, describe what happened (screenshots help too) and anything else and we’ll try our best to help you. I can’t find this Theme Option button you are alluding to in the documentation? I really need to update the screenshot. It’s still there, but the location has changed as WordPress has been upgraded. Go to the Appearance tab Click on the Active theme (it should say “Theme Details” when you mouseover) An overlay appears. The Theme option button “Child Theme” is there When I go to the Child Theme menu, it says “X is already a child theme” and I can’t create a child theme. Making grandchildren of themes is non-trivial, so I disabled the form if it is already a child theme. Instead I offer the ability to repair the Child theme or copy template files from the parent into the child for editing. Can the plugin be deleted after I create a Child Theme with it? Yes. The main purpose of the plugin is fulfilled. Congratulations! (Personally, I’d disable it, instead of delete it.) Having said that, there are some things that this plugin help with after your child theme’s birth. Think of it as a parenting guide for your new child theme. Features like? Repair a child theme created in the old style. Copy templates over from your parent theme into your child theme. Replace the child theme screenshot with one of your site When you have an active child theme, click on Appearance > Child Theme to get to these functions. What does the “Repair Child Theme” button do? WordPress changed the recommended way of handling parent references in child themes. If this plugin detects your child theme was done in the old style, it shows this button. Clicking on it will make the plugin attempt a repair into the new style. How come the screenshot service just shows a big 404 The most likely scenario is your WordPress site_url isn’t publicly accessible from the web. What’s with the debugging/error code on child theme creation? You have an old version of this plugin, please update to the latest one. I wrote this plugin back during a talk at WordCamp SF 2011 about CSS Themeing in order to help the person sitting next to me. I just didn’t get to some things. for years. Sorry about that! The debugging code didn’t affect any behavior – it was a sign of me being lazy and not realizing that the plugin would have tens of thousands of avid users! The theme screenshot service doesn’t seem to be working. First of all, is the blog accessible from the public Internet? If not, then that is the problem. But sometimes, even then, mshots seems a bit on the slow side. The plugin uses WordPress.com’s mShots service. You know, I worked at Automattic for years on WordPress.com and I still haven’t quite figured out mShots. Eventually I’ve gott;

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