Overview and Example of WordPress “Child Theming” [gallery]

Recently, I discussed the pros and cons of child theming, a technique for building a custom WordPress design using a prebuilt “premium” theme.

For those of you wanting to learn more, this is the presentation I gave at the June 2011 Seattle WordPress meetup. In the slides, I describe the whats, whys, and hows of child theming.

An MRW Web Design Example

One project in my portfolio that uses child theming is UnSectored. UnSectored builds on the “Twenty Eleven” theme (this is the default WordPress theme). While the design similarities are certainly visible (e.g. the navigation bar, the sidebar, the “cleanness” of the design), the resulting design is still quite unique.

The "Twenty Eleven" Theme for WordPress
The default Twenty Eleven Theme
A screenshot of UnSectored.net
The child theme of Twenty Eleven for UnSectored.net. (I named the theme “UnSectorated.”)


I’m happy to answer any questions you might have about child theming. It certainly has limitations, but it can be quite useful in the right circumstances.

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