[wp-hackers] Grandchild themes

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Wed Jun 8 13:52:30 UTC 2011

This may sound overly pedantic (I am, after all, a self-avowed pedant), but
I would use the term "Stand Alone Theme" rather than "Parent Theme" in this
context. Technically *Any* fully functional (i.e. "Stand Alone") Theme can
act as a "Parent", but a Stand Alone Theme only becomes a "Parent" Theme if
some other Theme claims it as its template.

In other words, I would say that, in the scenario you describe, a developer
is requested to convert a Child Theme into a Stand Alone Theme, rather than
being requested to convert a Child Theme into a Parent Theme.

...and I wish more developers would adopt your usage of the term
"Framework", to refer to code on which a Stand Alone Theme is developed, but
which itself does not constitute a Stand Alone Theme. But that's another
topic entirely. :)


On Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 8:37 AM, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:

> Ideally, it should be a fairly straightforward mechanical process to
> turn a child theme into a non-child by simply combining it with its
> parent theme...

> And if that did happen, then the child should become a parent...
> It would be an interesting challenge, BTW, for somebody to develop
> code that converted a child into a parent automagically. :)
> -Otto

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