Builder Child Themes

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In version 2.7, child themes have been introduced in WordPress. Using Child themes, you can modify (override) all aspects of a Parent theme (e.g. the stylesheet, page templates, functions) without risking to lose any modifications when upgrading the parent theme.

See iThemes and Child Themes – introduction and Child Themes, a quick tutorial.

Child Theme Graphics can also be seen here and here.

Listed below are the child themes of Builder that can be downloaded from the member's area (latest at the top):

List of child themes


Introducing Attent, the latest Builder child theme designed for bloggers. Attent features a sleek, minimalistic design and a simple color scheme. With several alternate module styles like a built-in mobile nav and full window images, Attent is one of our favorite additions to the Builder child theme library.


Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of Attent


Introducing Coverage, a news and magazine child theme for iThemes Builder. Featuring a totally-new-to-Builder custom widget for displaying post content, Coverage was built and designed specifically with content-rich news and magazine sites in mind.


Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of Coverage


Builder Child Air is a new foundational or starter child theme for iThemes Builder. Whether you’re using the Builder Style Manager or writing your own CSS, we hope Air will be a great new place to start when creating your custom responsive-ready Builder child themes.

Builder child Air includes several convenient built-in features to help lay the groundwork for custom child theme creation. A few of Air's theme highlights include:

  • Built-in Mobile-Ready Menu Style
  • Fully Optimized for Style Manager
  • New Inset Module Styles
  • Full Window Image Style
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Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of Air


12 March 2013

Today we’re pumped to release Noise, a responsive-ready Builder child theme with a brand new plugin for iThemes Builder, Builder Audio Block. Designed with musicians and bands in mind, Builder now makes it easy to create a WordPress band website with a “built-in” audio player, a way to display albums or discographies, a list of upcoming shows and support for music downloads/purchases with Easy Digital Downloads.

Builder Child Noise features several new-to-Builder design and functionality elements that you’ve requested, including:

  • New Full Window and No Spacing Image Module Styles: Noise features new alternate module styles for images, including Full Window (or full width) and No Spacing. These new module styles for images can be added anywhere in your Builder Layouts.
  • Post Formats Styles: Ever wanted to post a quick status update or just a link? Noise includes new post format styles that add a Tumblr-like feel for your blog. From the Add New Post Page, you’ll see a new option to apply a format to the post, including standard, status, video, link or image.
  • Events Block Styling: To make it easy to include upcoming shows, Noise includes matching styles for Builder Events Block.
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Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of Noise

Noise codex page


With a soft, feminine style, RedBud is perfect for bloggers, event planners, photography sites or vintage boutiques. RedBud features hand-drawn details, several alternate widget styles, a unique Google font pairing and theme-matching styling for Gravity Forms.

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Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of Threads

Free social media icons to match RedBud Builder child theme


Need to build an online t-shirt shop on WordPress? We released a new feature-rich responsive-ready Builder Child Theme, Threads.

Threads is designed to integrate exclusively with Shopp, our favorite ecommerce plugin for WordPress. Threads includes 15+ Shopp-specific styled templates so you'll have one consistent look across the theme and ecommerce portions of the site, plus custom styles for product views, cart-in-navigation settings and much more.

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Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of Threads


We're celebrating Builder's birthday today (December 17, 2012) with a free Builder child theme download for all Builder users! Icebox is a new responsive-ready child theme.


Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of Icebox


Thrifty is a responsive ecommerce child theme for Builder. With a simple, minimalist design, Thrifty perfectly showcases your products by combining the usefulness of three popular ecommerce plugins with Builder's powerful layout engine.

Support for Three Ecommerce Plugins

Each of the following plugins provides its own set of ecommerce features and we've worked to highlight the functionalities of each in Thrifty:

  • Shopp (our recommended solution)
  • Easy Digital Downloads
  • WooCommerce

Just choose your plugin, upload and activate and Thrifty goes to work providing the styling for your online store.

Note: Thrifty (or any other Builder child theme) does not influence the functionality of the e-commerce plugin, but has styling and tweaked template files that enhance the presentation of the ecommerce plugin's output.

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Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of Thrifty (has more details)

Thrifty codex page


With a clean, modern design, Avail is great for business or corporate websites. Paired with iThemes Builder 4.0, Avail automatically responds for mobile, tablet and desktop viewing.

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Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of Avail

Overview Video by Benjamin Bradley on iThemesTV - Nov 20, 2012 - Time frame: 02:48 to 13:53

Purchase page

Essence Silver

Essence Silver is ported from one of our most popular classic themes (the very first iThemes theme to be exact) by the same name.


Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of Essence Silver


Résumé child theme has been designed for building a WordPress résumé website.

Résumé features 3 color versions: Résumé, Résumé Blue and Résumé Dark.

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Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of Resume

Résumé Blue:

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Résumé Dark:

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Remark is a fun, simple child theme designed with bloggers in mind and a perfect match for those that may want to set up a small Etsy-type shop.

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Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of Remark

Book Nook

Designed with authors in mind, the latest child theme for iThemes Builder will showcase your work perfectly.


Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of Book Nook

Gallery Church

You'll have everything you need for building a WordPress church website with our latest Builder child theme release: Gallery Church — featuring integrations with both Builder Church Block and the newly-released Builder Events Block.

With a bold and modern style, this theme is perfect for church sites that are both welcoming with a fresh, direct message and easy to navigate for visitors.


Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of Gallery Church


Arrival features simple styling in either blue or pink for creating a baby announcement site to share with family and friends.


Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of Arrival

Arrival Blue:



Yukon is iThemes first Builder child theme for BuddyPress.

Yukon styles BuddyPress features for member profiles, network activity/updates, groups, and forums to create the perfect BuddyPress + Builder social networking site.

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Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of Yukon


Perfect for wedding websites, Vow features a bright, clean-lined design with a ribbon menu, framing wedding details in classic style. Chronicle wedding plans with Vow’s blog styling, add wedding details like ceremony location or registry information, or add a photo gallery with engagement photos.


Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of Vow

Vow Red

Vow Yellow

Vow Blue

Blog entry announcing the release of Vow color variants


Like Depot, Market features integration with three different WordPress eCommerce plugins: Shopp, Cart66 and WP-Ecommerce.

With simple lines, cool colors, and bold contrast styling for widget areas, Market is the perfect store-front for your WordPress eCommerce site.

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Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of Market

Kepler Light

Kepler Light is the "lighter" version of the original Kepler. Kepler Light features the same great photography-focused styling, great for showcasing your creative work.

Kepler Light includes several specific post styles to focus on featured images, all with a unique custom date stamp to add interest to your blog. With Kepler Light and Builder, you'll have the perfect foundation for creating awesome WordPress photography sites.


Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of Kepler Light


Percfect for small businesses or professional bloggers, Adept features a sleek design to pair with Builder’s great flexibility and functionality for easily building WordPress websites.

Some of the key features include:

  • simple navigation with great button styling and secondary dropdown styles
  • alternate module styles for navigation and widget modules to configure your site exactly to your specifications
  • styling for Gravity Forms to match the theme’s overall look and feel
  • and custom-styled search bar style

Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of Adept


Depot is the first e-commerce Builder Child Theme. Depot features full integration and optimization of three different WordPress Ecommerce plugins: Shopp, Cart66 and WP-Ecommerce. Operating on iThemes Builder's powerful layout engine and paired with one of these eCommerce plugins, Depot is the perfect store-front for your WordPress-powered website or blog.

Live Demo


Blog entry announcing the release of Depot

Purchase page


Expansion, the latest child theme for iThemes Builder, boasts a high-contrast design with strong, simple, and clean edges. Besides the remarkable layout flexibility of all iThemes Builder child themes, Expansion also features several theme-specific details. It is a great child theme for small and large businesses. Featuring 3 alternate widget styles and a beautiful date stamp on each blog post, Expansion is the perfect choice for your next theme.


Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of Expansion

Purchase page

Expansion Red


Expansion Blue


Blog entry announcing Expansion Red and Expansion Blue


A handcrafted look and feel – perfect for any special project or site. You'll love the Google Web Font (Rancho) that gives titles a special flair and draws people in to your site. From the stay-at-home blogging mom to the business looking for a softer, more subtle design, Patterned is a great choice for your next Builder child theme!


Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of Patterned


Traverse features a high contrast design and bold styling intended to showcase content for travel blogs. Stories and photos from your adventures will be framed perfectly by Traverse.


Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of Traverse



Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of Architect


Acute is a clean business theme, perfect for giving your site a professional, polished look. Currently it is in gray and blue, there will be 4 more color options released soon.

With Acute you will find custom styled (default) widgets; integrated support for Slideshow and Accordion (2 plugins from the DisplayBuddy suite); image grid, portfolio and magazine extensions; plus a new custom portfolio extension – only available with Acute.


Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of Acute

Acute Blue

Acute Blue

Acute Green

Acute Green

Acute Red

Acute Red

Acute Violet

Acute Violet

Acute Orange

Acute Orange


Kepler is a portfolio style theme - perfect for showcasing photography, graphic design, and art. It is characterized by simple, easy to read typography, and a focus on images.


Live Demo

Quick video showing you how Kepler looks and works (Kepler Child Theme Walkthrough/Webinar)

How to Work With Kepler Child Theme (video)



Singular - the simple, clean theme with all the flexibility inherent in iThemes Builder.

Release Date: August 9, 2011

Live Demo

City Church



The theme developers described the unique features of the theme on You can watch the specific segment here:

Release Date: August 3, 2011

Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of City Church


Screenshot of Thinner, 41st child theme of iThemes Builder

Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of Thinner


Screenshot of Keen, 40th child theme of iThemes Builder

Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of Keen


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Live Demo


  • beautifully designed blockquotes with dropcap styling to give that extra flare and distinction.
  • fresh, new category and comment icons to make your meta data stand out.
  • featured image usage on blog layout
  • great typography, including the "Brawler" Google font for the headlines

Blog entry announcing the release of Dockside


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Live Demo


  • Simple Blogroll Layout
  • Feature Image Usage
  • Unique Styled Archives
  • Two Alternate Widget Styles

Blog entry announcing the release of Revised

Heat Wave


Live Demo


  • Uniquely Styled Comment Section
  • Default WordPress Gallery Colorbox Pop Up
  • Hot, Summery Colors
  • and Built In Gravity Forms Styles

Blog entry announcing the release of Heat Wave

Encased Light


Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of Encased Light



Live Demo



Live Demo

Rainey Day


Live Demo

A light and subtle, yet dramatic theme.

  • unique fonts and font styling on the nav bar and headlines tags
  • multi-shaded lavender color scheme
  • ribbon graphics for added flair and elegance
  • styling of the author meta data
  • other stylish graphics being used throughout the theme

Blog entry announcing the release of Rainey Day



Live Demo

  • Retro Styled Theme – making Retro the new Contemporary.
  • 'Dancing Script' Google Font, providing a super-easy way to have a unique titles and headlines without slowing your site down with heavy graphics.
  • Magazine Layout Builder Extension – so you can take advantage of the ease of using Builder with the visual sophistication of a magazine layout.
  • ContactBuddy and GravityForms Styles (Extensions) built in – so once you install the specific plugins, you will have access to the advanced styling without having to touch any code.
  • Alternate HTML modules – so you can have different looking HTML modules without having to change the css code.

Blog entry announcing the release of Scooter



Live Demo

A quite stunning in its bold-yet-minimalist style. Similar to its related (sister?) theme Covell, Covert uses a minimalist, monochromatic style, but one that allows photographers and artists to display their work in a more dramatic and darker style.

Covert also includes 2 distinct navigation styles, making it easy to portray just the amount of "minimalism" you want, as well as the custom projects post type, making project organization and display a snap.

Blog entry announcing the release of Covert



Live Demo

Some of the other features that make this theme special:

  • Unique Navigation Styles – Fixed Left and Top Navigation
  • Encased Content Module – Content Module is ‘encased’ within the layout making it stand out from the other modules.

Blog entry announcing the release of Encased

Lucky 7


Live Demo

Some of the special features included in Lucky 7:

  • 7 awesome color palettes – which can be further customized using the Style Manager plugin – giving you a professional look with virtually no effort
  • The ability to select a different color for individual modules – making it easy to super-customize each portion of the page
  • Beautiful meta blocks for author info – making your site (and your authors) stand out from the crowd
  • Inset widgets and navigation for a unique, professional look
  • Additional custom theme settings, such as a simple setting to change the “read more” text, giving your site a special touch without having to know anything about code
  • Built-in iPhone-ready mobile theme
  • and popular rounded corners

Blog entry announcing the release of Lucky 7



Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of Covell



Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of Classen



Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of Blueprint


Ionic – Sky


Live Demo

Ionic – Green


Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of Ionic Sky and Ionic Green



Live Demo

Blog entry announcing the release of Ionic theme




Blog entry announcing the release of Americana theme

Live Demo

Instructions for setting up Americana to look like the demo site

Americana - Mojave (Release Date: January 21, 2011)


Blog entry announcing the release of this theme

Live Demo

Americana - Libertas (Release Date: January 21, 2011)


Blog entry announcing the release of this theme

Live Demo

Americana - Interstate (Release Date: January 21, 2011)


Blog entry announcing the release of this theme

Live Demo

4 more themes in Foundation series

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Blog entry announcing these

Foundation - WordPress theme for Churches and Ministries


Blog entry announcing the release of Foundation theme

Live Demo

Entree Pub


This is another theme in the restaurant series, with a little bit of a pub twist.

Blog entry announcing the release of Entree Pub theme

Live Demo



This is a child theme associated with Restaurant Block.

Live Demo

Blog Post


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Blog entry announcing the release of Anchor theme

Live Demo

Instructions on how to set up Anchor so it looks like the demo site


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Blog entry announcing the release of Slate theme

Live Demo


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Version 2 Release Announcement forum thread

Blog entry announcing the release of Astro theme


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Blog entry announcing the release of Retro, Vintage, Coffee and Fire themes

How to rename a child theme

1. Edit Theme Name in child theme's style.css.

Ex.: Change

Theme Name: Builder Child Theme - Default


Theme Name: My Awesome Theme

You can also change other values like Theme URI, Description, Author etc.

DO NOT delete or change Template: Builder

2. Change the name of child theme directory to your liking.

Ex.: Change




Ensure that there are no spaces in the name of child theme directory.

How to update a child theme

It is generally not recommended to update a child theme after it has been extensively customized.

However, if you would like to, follow these steps:

  1. Take a full backup of your site using BackupBuddy
  2. Make a list of changes and addition/deletions done to files and foldes in the current child theme directory
  3. Download the latest version of child theme, edit its style.css, change the theme name in the comments section at the top, change the theme folder name to something else. For details, see the above section on How to rename a child theme
  4. Re-apply the changes noted in step 2 to this theme
  5. Zip it up, install and activate this new theme
  6. Check the site and ensure that everything is alright. You can use a plugin like Theme Test Drive to see the site in older version of this child theme in another tab/browser