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Builder Child themes always require a parent theme – Builder, to be installed in order to function. It is important to understand this concept clearly. This means that you need to own and install the parent theme if you want to use the child theme. A child theme and a parent theme are very separate entities but they work together. Just remember that every child needs a parent.
Using a child and a parent theme sounds much more complicated than it actually is. It is really easy and can all be done right in your WordPress dashboard. First, install the parent theme. You don’t even need to activate it. Then, install and activate your child theme. That is it. We told you it was easy.
Builder Child Themes use Builder’s Layout Engine
Header Modules – Offer an easy-to-configure header for your site using basic WordPress general title and tagline settings.
Image Modules – Add an image to your layout as a static header or other image just to spice up your layout.
Navigation Modules- Add a horizontal navigation bar. Category and Page navigation controlled within Builder or choose WordPress Pages. Use of the WordPress custom menus are also available.
Content Modules – Add a place for your content to render. You can choose 1 or 2 right, 1 or 2 left, split or no sidebars in the content module of your layout.
HTML Modules – Add free form HTML to your layout. HTML Modules support the use of short codes and execution of PHP code.
Widget Bar Modules – A widget area to contain one to five widget locations.
Footer Modules – Add a place for the footer to render.
Other Features that Builder Child Themes Inherit from Builder
- Built-in Google Analytics tracking
- Built-in Woopra tracking
- Favicon options:
Choose from a set of provided images
Upload your own favicon
Use the active child theme’s Favicon image
Don’t use a Favicon image
- Ability to create and manage widget areas
- Customize comments settings
- Duplicate Sidebar Widget – allows for easy duplication of another sidebar’s widgets
- Extensions – mini-themes that can be applied to any one or combination of Layouts or Views.
Featured Image Grid and Showcase
Featured Image Slider
Teasers Layout – Image Left
Teasers Layout – Image Right
- A “Builder” entry to the WordPress Admin Bar
- Built-in Custom Post Type called Widget Content – allows for easy creation of content that can be added to a widget area using the Widget Content widget.
- Free Plugins
Builder Style Manager Plugin
Builder SEO Plugin
New Child Themes and a growing list of child theme reviews are available on the Builder Child Themes website and blog. Be sure to stay up to date with releases and reviews by getting onto our mailing list.