1. Anh Tran

    That will be a great news for WordPress users and developers! The single relationship between parent theme and child theme is the bottle neck of the customization for years. This opens a lot of possibility to change the theme with less code.


  2. Jaakko Pöntinen

    Thanks, a great read. I hopped on the WP bandwagon some five years back.

    I find the whole “theme” and “template” and “customization” environment to be a real digital wild west. Making educated decisions is tough.

    One interesting world would be one where “Theme” would be abolished from the WP dictionary/practice and instead there’d be two separate instances: “Skins” and “Templates”. Templates would offer output per conditions, Skins styling. No optional functionality allowed in Skins or Templates. That would be Plugin’s territory.


  3. Sven

    Currently for the (long) migration process from a pagebuilder using shortcodes to the Gutenberg-Editor it would be very helpful to be able to have two themes active in parallel and be able to decide on a page-per-page basis which one should handle this current page.
    (for speed reasons it is currently not “ok” to have the “bloated” theme in the background even when you built already a page with Gutenberg)
    Any chance to get this done on the shorthand?


  4. Lukasz

    I hate child themes from DEV perspective, now we may even have grandchild themes? Don’t like the extra bloat and fighting the parent theme, waste of server resources.

    It was never intuitive with child themes but that’s all there was to get critical updates and new features from the parent theme.

    Templates sounds way better!


  5. Diana Thompson

    Thanks for the post, Justin. I appreciate the long view on WordPress that you present. It’s great to see the variety of new paths to theme development being explored. I might even get with a core parent theme if it’s rolled out as you’ve written.

    That said, child themes can continue to be helpful, at least for the near terms, to new (to WP) developers, theme houses and for quick builds. Developing child themes can be a great way to learn WordPress theming. I know I did that before I started developing custom themes.

    To my mind, the more options available, the better.


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