WordPress – Child Templates

It’s been a while since I’ve done anything in WordPress, and I wanted to customise the 2020 theme. Which seems nice

To make a child theme, you need to start with 3 things:

  • A new directory
  • functions.php
  • style.css


Add a new directory – named your theme name, in the path:


New directory


Create a new file in this directory called functions.php and add the following code to inherit all the styles from the parent theme

//* Code goes here

add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'enqueue_parent_styles' );

function enqueue_parent_styles() {
   wp_enqueue_style( 'parent-style', get_template_directory_uri().'/style.css' );


Create a new file in this directory called style.css and paste the following code – I don’t know the bare minimum that’s needed to mark it as a theme – but change the information from Your Name to … well

Theme Name: Your Name
Theme URI: https://terryprobert.co.uk/theme
description: Your Description
Author: You
Author URI: https://terryprobert.co.uk/
Template: twentytwenty
Version: 1.0.0
License: GNU General Public License v2 or later
License URI: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html
Tags: light, dark, two-columns, right-sidebar, responsive-layout, accessibility-ready
Text Domain: twenty-twenty-child

Rock and Roll

Choose your theme from the Appearance ›› Themes in WordPress, you’ve now made your own child theme!

Theme Details

Overriding templates, customising CSS comes next.

Bare in mind – the theme that’s been created requires the parent theme to be installed. WordPress’s 2020 theme is pretty solid.

WordPress version: 5.3.2

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