Child Themes in WordPress 2.7, and Copyblogger theme

If you are wondering why “wordpress 2.7″, yes, it’s time for another wordpress upgrade. WordPress 2.7 is on its way with loads of features including automatic upgrade, sticky posts ( which wordpress.com users already have ) etc ….

With this update, wordpress will boost the use of “child themes” in wordpress design and development. With more power added to the child themes feature, you will see more child themes coming out in near future.  So, what is a child theme in wordpress, is copyblogger theme using it already ?

What is a Child Theme

Child themes modify an existing theme, in such a way that the design of the theme is modified as specified in the child theme’s css, leaving everything else un tounched. So you have theme “A” and you create a child theme “B”. In theme “B”‘s css, you change the background color, So, theme b = theme a minus background color.

Justin Tadlock puts it this way.

A child theme can be as simple as a highly-customized stylesheet to offering extra widgets, new page templates, or loads of other things.

Justin is using child themes with his Options theme, and other themes on the ThemeHybrid.com project. You can’t ignore Justin’s contribution in making child themes popular; so check them out !! . And yes, if you no about other theme developers who is using child themes, do let me know.

Thord Daniel Hedengren ( who redesigned blogherald.com recently ) has announced that he will be using this feature on his upcoming “Notes Blog WordPress theme” If you need more information about how Child themes work, read this extremely helpful article.

Child Themes and The Copyblogger Theme.

Chris made it simple for users to customize his copyblogger theme by putting a file called “custom.css” where you can make style modifications without hurting the basic structure of the theme. He put every important css parameters in to the original style.css and asked users to edit custom.css to make changes like font color and backgrounds etc.

So, the basic idea of using “Child Themes” is followed here. I find this really interesting because Chris introduced the copy blogger theme in May 2007. Even though I have no idea when child themes were introduced to WordPress, I consider Chris’ move a brilliant one.

It’s going to be really easy for copyblogger theme users to understand and adapt the idea of child themes, and I am proud to be one of them.

19 thoughts on “Child Themes in WordPress 2.7, and Copyblogger theme

  1. @ Chirag Chamoli

    sorry wp.com users :) I don’t think they will bring this feature on wp.com blogs … but for users with custom css upgrade, they can take some css ideas from child themes ( if they are using the parent theme on their blog ) and apply it …

  2. Just FYI. WP people test some of new features on WP.com, like Sticky Posts feature which will be in WP7 but we at WP.com. are already using it for weeks!! :D

  3. @ Suda

    yes, I saw the news, the turbo feature came first on wp.com ;) they are using you guys for test LOL :P

    but, to use child themes on wp.com, you need css upgrade, to say the least ..

  4. The Copyblogger theme’s custom.css doesn’t make use of Child Themes. Neither does the custom.css on WP.com.

    The first person I know of to promote Child Themes was Scott Wallick, co-creator of the Sandbox theme.

  5. @ Ian Stewart

    Yes, I understand the fact that copyblogger theme is not using child themes concept, but its close to it … :) that was the point i was trying to emphasis on ..

    thanks for your comment :)

  6. Thanks for the mention. WP 2.7 will change a lot about theming, including custom post and comment classes. Of course, those are small changes compared to the ones mentioned thus far.

    I think what many don’t understand about child theme’s is that they can be much more than a change in style. In fact, a child theme can have the same exact style as the parent, but change the way the entire theme functions. I think that might’ve been part of Ian’s point about the Copyblogger theme — custom styles aren’t necessarily the same thing (I understand your point though).

    Also, make sure to check out his Thematic, which is probably the best parent theme out there.

  7. @ Justin Tadlock

    first Ian Stewart and then Justin Tadlock !! this should be the best post so far on my blog !!! I am flying ……..

    yes, I understand the fact that copyblogger is not fully using the child theme idea, even though it has cusom.css feature …

    I need to test Thematic theme :) will post my feedback for sure :)

    You deserve more than a simple mention :) I’ve been following your blog for months now .. thanks a lot for your comment

  8. yoye, you gotta help me with this wordpress shtuff. i shall come to you with a list of questions one day when im ready. good to hve found ya blog. i shall now haunt ya. HA HA HA HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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  10. Just to clarify: the Copyblogger theme was created using Thesis by Chris Pearson of DIYthemes. Thesis is an awesome theme.

    I haven’t gotten into child themes much, I need to start working on it!

    • this is not about the theme used on copyblogger.com, this is about the theme that Chris released for download, long before thesis theme was born :D

      thesis is a good theme for sure :)

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