One-Click Child Theme Install
To make it even easier, BioShip has One-click Creation for Child Themes, so you can get customizing as soon as possible. Plus, BioShip auto-transfers your current Parent Theme Setting to your Child Theme when you first activate your it, so there is no need to set the same settings again if you are moving from using BioShip as a standalone Theme to using a Child Theme.
Visit your Theme Options page under the Wordpress admin Appearance menu. Enter a new Child Theme display name in the box to the right of the layer tabs and click Create Child Theme. The next page will show the creation result in the same space. Click the activate link there and you are now running your new Child Theme!
Manual Child Theme InstallUnzip your download of BioShip locally and upload the contents of the subdirectory /bioship/child/ via FTP to a subdirectory of your choice in the /wp-content/themes/ directory. (eg. /wp-content/themes/sweet-child-of-mine/)
Before Activating: Optionally edit the Name Field of the Child Theme at the top of the style.css file in the directory you created. (Important Note: if you change this name later you will need to copy the saved Theme Options to the new one in the options table.) This will change the name of the active theme in your admin area. Once as desired, simply activate the new Child Theme from your Themes page and you're good to go!
Preview Child Theme Install1. Follow either option above but do not activate yet. Instead, make sure you have Theme Theme Drive plugin installed and activated, and either:
2a. Activate the Theme Test Drive for your Child Theme with Level 10 (administrator) privileges. Remember the theme test drive for the theme will be active until you disable it via this page! You can now access the Theme Options page under the Appearance menu or via the top Admin Bar.
or 2b. Use a querystring for a temporary preview of the Child Theme on any page, by adding ?theme=child-theme-slug to the page address URL in your browser window (where child-theme is your Child Theme's slug - a lowercase version of Child Theme name with spaces replaced by hyphens.)
For example, you can access the Theme Options manually in this temporary preview mode by going to one of the following URLs:
WordPress Customizer: /wp-admin/customize.php?theme=child-theme-slug
Titan Framework: /wp-admin/themes.php?page=bioship-options&theme=child-theme-slug
Options Framework: /wp-admin/themes.php?page=options-framework&theme=child-theme-slug
In this way you can create a new Child Theme skin for your site and activate it once you are satisfied with the new design result. Again, generally speaking, if you are the sole site admin of the site then option 2a is fine, otherwise you might want to go with 2b so that other site admins aren't confused by seeing the new in theme preview while you're developing with it.
Cloning Child Themes
You can also clone any existing Child Theme with one click at the top right of the Theme Options page for that Child Theme. This allows you to easily 'fork' an existing Child Theme for further development without affecting the live site display. All files and theme settings will be automatically copied to the new clone Child Theme directory on form submission. You can then activate the new Child Theme at any point from the Appearance > Themes page.
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