Creating a woocommerce storefront child theme

The free storefront theme has a lot of features but it doesn't look great by default. Luckily, it's quite easy to create a child theme to make it more attractive. For example, using a child theme you can remove the sidebar and remove the footer credits. This blog post will guide you to creating your child them in 2 simple steps:

  1. Creating a style.css file with metadata about the theme
  2. Packaging and uploading the theme

Why you should use Wordpress child themes instead of directly editing theme files?

Because when you directly edit the theme files, any updates to the parent theme will overwrite your changes. This means all your customizations will be lost and you'll have to start from scratch. But when you use a child theme, your customizations are kept separate from the parent theme, so updates won't affect them.

Now that you know why, let's create the child theme

1. Creating a new style.css file with metadata

Create a new directory/folder called mychildtheme and change your working directory to it:

mkdir mychildtheme
cd mychildtheme

Create a file style.css inside the mychildtheme directory with the following content:

Theme Name: sambal child theme of storefront
Version: 1.0 
Author: Sam Stoelinga
Author URI:
Template: storefront

/* optional just an example of how you can change the style */
.product_title h1 {
    color: pink;

That's all you need for your child theme to get started. You might wonder, how does it specify the parent theme? That's done through this line:

Template: storefront

It tells Wordpress that the parent theme of our theme is storefront. You can view the theme names by listing directories under the wp-content/themes. In our case there is a directory called storefront and that's how it finds the parent theme.

For fun, and this is optional, I made all product titles pink. So you can see how easy it is to add additional CSS rules to storefront this way.

2. Upload and activate the child theme

There are a few options to upload the child theme to your WooCommerce site:

  1. Use FTP to place the mychildtheme directly in your wp-content/themes directory.
  2. Create a zip file of the mychildtheme and uploading the zip file using the Wordpress admin UI under /wp-admin/themes.php

I think the zip file is the most straight forward so that's what we'll use here.

Create a zip file named by running:

zip -r mychildtheme

Steps to upload theme as zip:

  1. Go to the following URL:
  2. Click on "Add Theme" button
  3. Click on "Upload Theme" button
  4. Click on "Choose File" button
  5. Select the zip file that you created before
  6. Click on "Install Now" button

You should now see your new child theme and be able to preview and activate it. Notice that any product titles are now pink due to our rule in style.css.

Interested in all the cool stuff you can do with a child theme? Then check out these blog posts: