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Making an Incentive Child Theme

By popular request there follows the definitive guide to setting up a child theme to use with the Incentive theme.

1. Give the child a name

Inside the wp-content/themes/ folder create a new folder named charley.

2. Give the child some style

Create a file inside the charley folder named style.css with the following content:

/*  
Theme Name: Charley
Description: Child of the Incentive theme
Author: Howard Fast
Version: 1.0
Template: parallelus-incentive
Tags: threaded-comments,translation-ready,responsive,retina,hidpi,clean,modern
*/
@import url("../parallelus-incentive/style.css");

Then create three more css files:

style-skin-1.css
style-skin-2.css
style-skin-3.css

The content of the style-skin-1.css file is four lines, as follows:

/*
	Skin Name: Skin 1
*/
@import url("../parallelus-incentive/style-skin-1.css");

The content of the other skin files is similar to the style-skin-1.css file above, except that you change according to the skin number the Skin Name on line 2 and the file name of the imported file on line 4.

/*
	Skin Name: Skin 2
*/
@import url("../parallelus-incentive/style-skin-2.css");
/*
	Skin Name: Skin 3
*/
@import url("../parallelus-incentive/style-skin-3.css");

3. Give the child some assets

Copy the entire assets folder from the parallelus-incentive folder into the charley folder.

4. The child needs some settings

Copy the entire data folder from the parallelus-incentive folder into the charley folder.

These data files are needed for the Theme Options admin page to function properly and you should never edit these data files.

IMPORTANT: When you update the parent theme, remember to also update the assets and data folders in the child theme, i.e. copy those folders across again from the parent theme folder to the child theme folder.

5. A child is born

Go to Appearance > Themes and activate the Charley theme.

Go to Appearance > Menus > Theme Locations and make sure the Primary Menu option is set to the correct menu.

From now on you can make any style additions or alterations to the relevant skin CSS file in Charley, but remember that the @import must be the first CSS in the file, there must be nothing before the @import except comments.

Other things you can do with a child theme include making your own functions.php file that could contain (for example) additional shortcodes, custom post types or custom taxonomies.

If you wanted to mess with a page template, let’s say the single.php file that determines how each individual post is displayed, then you would copy single.php from parallelus-incentive into charley and then you would make whatever changes you wanted to the charley/single.php file, leaving the original Incentive template untouched.  



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