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  1. Donna Fontenot

    Haven’t seen this before, but I’ve definitely seen quite a few theme developers provide both the parent and a pre-made child theme in the download. While I dig generators, just because they are kinda cool, I think simply providing the child theme with the download is probably the better/easier thing to do.

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  2. solutions77

    We released the Child Theme Configurator in November. Since then we have logged nearly 10,000 downloads from WordPress.org. http://www.wordpress.org/plugins/child-theme-configurator/

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  3. Flux Research (@fluxresearch)

    I definitely prefer seeing basic child themes included though that still doesn’t seem widespread from my vantage point which is somewhat limited.

    That’s the kind of thing that’s kept WordPress from being more widely and gracefully adopted by people without web backgrounds. If I hadn’t already done some work with CSS I would have been a lot less comfortable with that whole process.

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    • Jeff Chandler

      I was giving this some more thought, especially after Donna’s comment. Do you think it would be beneficial if all themes that are activated on a site were just child themes? That is, every theme designed ships with the appropriate child theme requirements and that’s what users end up activating and using, leaving the theme it’s based on in tact, with no edits.

      The problem I see with this method is confusion among customers thinking they have two themes and are unsure of which one they are using/editing.

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  4. Jeannine

    All of the Builder themes from iThemes.com offer to generate a child theme when they are installed. The Graph Paper Press dialog looks very similar to the iThemes functionality.

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  5. Trista Busch

    I have actually used a product that sounds exactly like this!!!! it’s from Lilaea Media and you can find it on WP http://www.wordpress.org/plugins/child-theme-configurator/

    Very useful and very helpful. I highly recommend it!

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  6. Steven Gliebe

    I figure if somebody is going to make heavy mods they should learn how to start a child theme, but sometimes a designer just wants to tweak style.css and not be bothered with setting up functions.php, making a screenshot, etc. With churchthemes.com our approach is to include download links for dynamically generated child themes in our child theming starter guide: http://churchthemes.com/guides/developer/child-theming/

    That way they can just modify style.css and upload or do more sophisticated things (some examples included with the themes). Very handy to simply refer customers to the starter guide when they want something extra.

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  7. Keith Davis

    Hi Jeff
    I use Genesis so I’m all about child themes.
    I have been warned many times that if you edit the Genesis core files… the Genesis police will come and take you away!

    The generator looks like a fabulous idea to me.

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  8. gidap

    I always use the Orbisius Child Theme Creator http://wordpress.org/plugins/orbisius-child-theme-creator/ which is free and really good. The child theme is created directly in your installation without the need of downloading and installing anything.
    Actually, what Donna said would definitely be the best solution. The Responsive Theme (http://wordpress.org/themes/responsive) for example has the Responsive Labzip, which is a pre-made child theme

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  9. Rick Webb

    I use Child Themify just search for child themes in the wp plugins and wallah Easy Peezy

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