Important note: If you’re using Linen, Paperpunch, Photography 1.x, React, Shelf, Titan, Traction, or Vigilance see the instructions for replacing functions in older themes at the bottom of this page.

Replacing theme functions

To replace a function, make sure you first have the child theme installed. Copy the function you wish to replace from the parent theme to the functions.php file in your child theme and make your modifications.

For example, to change the duet_page_title function, your child theme functions.php file would look like this:


add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'duet_child_enqueue_scripts' );

function duet_child_enqueue_scripts() {
    if ( ! is_admin() ) {
        // Add parent theme stylesheet
            get_template_directory_uri() . '/style.css',

// Your custom functions go here...

function duet_page_title( $title ) {
    // Your customizations here
    return "My custom title";

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Using this approach you may modify or remove any functions from the parent theme from the safety of your child theme.

Replacing theme functions in older themes

By default all of the theme specific functions in Linen, Paperpunch, Photography, React, Shelf, Titan, Traction, and Vigilance are loaded through the -extend.php file of your parent theme. These functions power different parts of your theme.

Let’s learn how to override a default function through a child theme. In this example, we will replace the printHeaderItems() function. First, we open up the functions.php file in our child theme and insert this code:

function load_traction_child_extend() {
    global $traction;

    remove_action( 'after_setup_theme', 'load_traction_pro_theme' );

    locate_template( array( 'traction-child-extend.php' ), true );
    if ( class_exists( 'MyChildTheme' ) ) {
        $traction = new MyChildTheme;

add_action( 'after_setup_theme', 'load_traction_child_extend', 5 );

The code above first creates a new function to load our theme object from the child theme. Next, it removes the theme object loading function from our parent theme (so it doesn’t load twice). Finally, it calls a new file (we are about to create it) and loads a new class that will hold our custom functions from that file.

Create a brand new file called traction-child-extend.php in your child theme folder and insert the following code into that new file:

class MyChildTheme extends Traction {
    function printHeaderItems() {
        // Custom Code Goes Here...

This new printHeaderItems function in our child theme will replace / override the function from our parent theme.