Hello! Creating a child theme in WordPress allows you to make changes to an existing theme without modifying its core files. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to create a child theme:

Create a new folder on your computer or in your host server. Give it a name that represents your child theme (e.g., my-child-theme).

Inside the newly created folder, create a new file called style.css. Open it in a text editor.

In the style.css file, add the following code to define the information about your child theme:

Theme Name: My Beautiful Child Theme
Template: twentytwentytwo

Replace My Beautiful Child Theme with the desired name for your child theme, and twentytwentytwo with the name of the parent theme you want to create a child theme for.

Save your style.css

If you want to override specific template files from the parent theme, create a new folder within your child theme folder called template-parts. You can replicate the directory structure and file names of the templates you want to override. For example, if you want to override the content.php file, create the following structure: my-child-theme/template-parts/content.php.

Next, upload the entire child theme folder (including the style.css file and the template-parts folder if applicable) to the wp-content/themes/ directory on your WordPress site.

Log in to your WordPress admin area and go to Appearance > Themes. You should see your new child theme in the list. Now, select “Activate” button to activate your child theme.

Always refer to the official WordPress documentation for best practices.

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