Now that you have created a child theme folder, now it’s time to start making changes to your theme.
The first file to make is a CSS file named style.css for your child theme and place it in your child theme folder. At the top of the file, be sure to place this code:
/* Theme Name: Twenty Twelve Child Theme URI: http://yourwebsite.com/twenty-twelve-child/ Description: Twenty Twelve Child Theme Author: You Author URI: http://yourwebsite.com Template: twentytwelve Version: 1.0.0 */ @import url("../twentythirteen/style.css");
The most important parts to this heading are the Theme Name (your child theme) and the Template (parent template name). You import the parent’s style sheet so you aren’t starting from scratch, and whatever changes you make on your child theme’s style sheet will override the parent style sheet. Now you can change simple things like font styles and color and more advanced things such as hiding the author’s name of posts.
Once you have created the stylesheet for your child theme, you can now go to the “Themes” section of your WordPress dashboard and activate your child theme. Now you’re good to go!
WordPress offers some good tutorials on child themes: http://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes
My next post will be about making modifications…