How to get and use child theme to customize your site

What is a child theme?

“A child theme is a theme that inherits the functionality and styling of another theme, called the parent theme. Child themes are the recommended way of modifying an existing theme.” – WordPress Codex

It means that you can add extra features and templates which are not available on your current theme or customize it by yourself without interfering in the theme directly.  

Why use a Child Theme?

  • If you modify a theme directly and it is updated, then your modifications may be lost. By using a child theme you will ensure that your modifications are preserved.
  • Using a child theme can speed up development time.
  • Using a child theme is a great way to learn about WordPress theme development.


How to get and use child theme to customize your site

When you purchase our theme, you will be provided the child theme (excluding MicrojobEngine) which you can make changes to the CSS or add more functionality depending on your needs and exactly what you want to do with your site.

To download your child theme, login to your EngineThemes account and click on the Themes section. After that, you will be prompted a screen in which you can download the main theme, child theme, documentation, PSD files, and other free plugins. At that time, please click on “Download” button corresponding to the child theme (for customization purpose).

When you downloaded the theme, please upload it to your server.

Click Activate to set your Child Theme as your site’s current theme. You’re now ready to modify any function, feature or design.
When modifying anything in your Child Theme, you will need to:

1.      Copy all related template files from the parent theme (WordPress just supports all its template files e.g. index.php, single.php, functions, etc.)
2.      Put them in your Child Theme
3.      Add new features or designs directly in the Child Theme files.

Please note that all customizations won’t be overwritten when you upgrade to a new version of your theme.