How To Create A Child Theme For WordPress In 5 Minutes (with live example)

Child Theme is also a WordPress Theme that inherits the design and the functionality of another theme (the Parent Theme). It is extremely useful in WordPress development because it permits making changes either in design or in the functionality of the parent theme without modifying the parent theme files.

To create a child theme for an installed theme, you only need:

  • a style.css file with certain metadata
  • a functions.php file just to enqueue style.css of the parent theme
  • a screenshot.png image

In the following example, we will create a Child Theme for my free starter theme ClioWP.


Replace “ClioWP” with your own theme name

Please note that the “Template” must exist in the metadata (see highlighted line below). The value of “Template” must be the parent theme directory (not the name). Without this line or if the directory mentioned in the “Template” does not exist, the Child Theme will not work.

Theme Name: ClioWP Child
Theme URI:
Description: ClioWP Child Theme
Author: Christos Pontikis
Author URI:
Version: 1.0.0
Text Domain: cliowp-child
Template: cliowp


 * Load the stylesheet from the parent theme.
function cliowp_child_enqueue_parent_style() {
	$theme   = wp_get_theme( 'ClioWP' );
	$version = $theme->get( 'Version' );

	wp_enqueue_style( 'child-theme-style', get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/style.css', array(), $version );
add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'cliowp_child_enqueue_parent_style' );


First, install the Child Theme using the option “Upload Theme”

Upload Child Theme
Upload Child Theme

and then Activate it!

Get the code

You can find the code at