How to Create a Child Theme and Why You Should Use One
I have decided to finally write and publish a new useful article about the Divi theme on my blog. I hope all of you – my audience and my subscribers will find this article helpful. And I will keep it brief, as I don’t like reading long articles and I think most people don’t like that either. Also, before we start, I would like to invite you to check out my other tutorial that explains how to install the Divi theme, just in case you have not installed it on your WordPress website yet.
If you are using some custom code on your Divi website – e.g. you have made some changes to your header.php, footer.php file or you have edited the functions.php file of the Divi theme, it is highly recommended to use a child theme, so that when you update Divi to a newer version, you won’t lose your custom codes. Below you can read my quick tutorial on how to create a child theme.
To create a child theme, just create a new folder, e.g. divi-child and place a file style.css into it. You can create this style.css file simply in a text editor like Wordpad or Notepad (I use Notepad++ for this, it is my favorite code editor. It is free, as well) and then just rename this new .txt file to style.css. Into this style.css file place the following code (you can copy and paste it right from here):
Theme Name: Divi child theme
/* PLACE YOUR CUSTOM CSS CODE BELOW THIS LINE */
Please note: If you copy and paste the above code, sometimes the “” characters are not copied properly, so your child theme might not work. In such case just rewrite these 2 characters (“”) manually and it will work.
After that if you are using some custom code in any file of the Divi theme, let’s say I have some custom code in the footer.php file, so then you need to place this footer.php file with the custom code to the divi-child folder.
The next step is to upload the whole divi-child folder via FTP into your themes directory (wp-content/themes) and activate the child theme in the WP admin panel. You can use FileZilla (it’s free) for FTP uploading. Or if you are using SiteGround you can also use their File Manager.
Or you can also zip your Divi child theme folder and upload the archive as a new theme right in your WP admin panel in Appearance > Themes. Then just activate it.
And that’s it, you are all set with your Divi child theme. If you are looking for premium Divi child themes to customize the whole look of your WordPress website, you might consider using my Divi child theme called Blue Biz.
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WordPress expert. Divi user since 2014. I blog about WordPress and Divi, my favorite WordPress theme. When I’m not working with WordPress or writing an article for this blog, I’m probably learning Italian. You can read more about me here.