How to determine if the active WordPress theme is a child theme

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WordPress has the concept of child themes.  In which case you should not delete the parent theme if your active theme is a child of that parent.

To determine if the currently active WordPress theme is a child theme, look at the top comment section of the style.css file of your active theme.  If you see the “Template” property listed as in …

Template: twentythirteen

then that means that your theme is the child theme of the twentythirteen theme.

If you don’t see a Template property, that means your theme is not a child theme.