Design Challenge: Child Theme Session Notes

I had a blast talking with everyone during our session today. I wasn’t sure what to expect with an open, Q&A format, but things never got dull for a moment. I hope I was able to answer everyone’s questions. If not, don’t hesitate to pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” me on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at or comment below.


Overall, things went great. Some of the topics we covered:

  • What child themes are.
  • The benefits of child themes: 1) safe theme upgrades, 2) unique designs.
  • Post formats.
  • Templates.
  • Loading parent and child stylesheets.
  • Pluggable functions.
  • Theme options.
  • Doing child themes the original way by design only (a la Sandbox and CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site. Zen Garden).

Feel free to browse the full chat in the archives for the specifics.

For those who asked, here’s the Saga theme demo content. Just unzip and upload the XML file to your development install.

This Weekend

I want to make sure it’s clear: You are free to design anything you want this weekend. Start a full theme, just make a design, whatever. My design challenge is just one part of the larger whole.

If you’re interested in making a child themeChild theme A Child Theme is a customized theme based upon a Parent Theme. It’s considered best practice to create a child theme if you want to modify the CSS of your theme. though, I’d love to see it. I’ll personally work with you to get it up on The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. Be sure to read the original blog post to make sure you’re up to date.

Over the weekend, I and others will be available via #themereview on Slack for answering questions. Feel free to ping @greenshady if you have a question specifically for me.