Using & Editing Guten Child Themes

Often you or your developers might want to add your own custom PHP functions, Javascript/jQuery or custom CSS to your theme to add extra functionality to your website.

Usually the tutorials or advice you’re following will recommend to add the functions to your child theme functions.php file to avoid losing the updates to the parent theme when a new version is posted… And as you’re using a Guten child theme, what happens when we post a child theme update?


We’ve got 2 options for you:

Option 1) Increase the style.css version number

With this way, you’ll need to go to Appearance -> Theme Editor in your WordPress dashboard, and select the style.css file, if it’s not selected already.

At the top of the file you will see the following code comment block:

Theme Name: Child Theme Name
Theme URI:
Description: Child theme is a child theme of a parent theme
Author: Kaira
Author URI:
Template: guten
Version: 1.0.0 /* You will need to increase this version number to 1000.99.99 */
License: GNU General Public License v2 or later
License URI:
Tags: Tags listed here
Text Domain: child-theme

To stop the child theme getting updates you will need to increase the version number to a number much higher than we will ever reach with the updates.

We recommend changing it to something like 1000.99.99.

Now this Child theme is yours to edit, style, add functions and do whatever you like to edit the Guten parent theme.

For more on Chid Themes::

Child Themes



Option 2) Add your own code via our Guten Customizations plugin

We’ve created a very simple plugin which will allow you to add PHP, Javascript and/or custom CSS.

Download the Guten Customizations Plugin

Simply download and install our Guten Customizations plugin and then go to Plugins -> Plugin Editor in your dashboard, select the Guten Customizations plugin and add your code into the relevant file in the /custom/ folder.

For a more detailed explanation read here:
Using the Guten Customizations Plugin