Create a Child Block Theme with “Create Block Theme” Plugin (Easy Method for Beginners)

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Create Child Theme for Block Theme

Want to add features to your WordPress block theme without affecting the original theme? A child theme is the answer!

In WordPress, a child theme acts like an extension for your main theme (called the parent theme). It lets you add customizations without altering the parent theme’s files.

This guide shows you how to easily create a child block theme using a free plugin called “Create Block Theme.” It’s perfect for beginners who want to customize their WordPress website without diving into code.

What You’ll Need:

  • Access to WordPress dashboard of your website.
  • A block theme already activated (make sure the theme you want to customize is active). You can check this by going to Appearance > Themes in your WordPress dashboard.

Before starting, make sure you have the theme activated of which you want to create a child theme. You can do so by navigating to Appearance > Themes from dashboard.

Step 1: Install the “Create Block Theme” Plugin

The “Create Block Theme” plugin helps you build a child theme of your block theme in just a few clicks. It’s a free plugin available directly in your WordPress dashboard. Search for “Create Block Theme” in the plugin installation page and install it.

Installing plugins is a straightforward process, but it can be helpful to have a visual guide, especially if you’re new to WordPress. Our detailed guide linked below provides step-by-step instructions with screenshots to walk you through installing any plugin, including “Create Block Theme”

Install "Create Block Theme" plugin

Step 2: Create a Child Theme for the Block Theme

Once you’ve installed “Create Block Theme” plugin, follow these steps to create a child theme based on your currently active block theme:

  1. Go to Appearance > Create Block Theme in your WordPress dashboard.
  2. Once the page loads, locate the link labeled “Create a Child of” (followed by the name of your current theme) and click it.
  3. A pop-up window will appear with some fields. Fill in the information and then click the Create Child Theme button.
  4. A new alert message will pop up. Just click “OK” to continue.
  5. You’ll be redirected to the Site Editor. This is where you can make changes to your website’s appearance. Don’t forget to save your work to apply those changes to your new child theme!
  6. Now, the child theme for your previously activated block theme is created and ready to use. You can check and confirm it by going to Appearance > Themes, where you’ll see the new child theme you created listed as active.

By following these steps, you’ll have a child theme up and running in no time! This way, you can personalize your website without worrying about affecting the original block theme.

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