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For example say you are wanting to refer to an image in your stand alone custom WordPress theme then you would refer to it by using ‘get_template_directory_uri’.
<img src="<?php echo get_template_directory_uri(); ?>/img/logo.jpg" />
Now if you refering to an image from with your child theme folder you would use ‘get_stylesheet_directory_uri’.
<img src="<?php echo get_stylesheet_directory_uri(); ?>/img/logo.jpg" />
If you where to use ‘get_template_directory_uri’ within your child theme it would refer to the parent theme folder. The way you could make sense of ‘get_stylesheet_directory_uri’ is simply by the fact your child theme css file (stylesheet) must be within its folder structure.
So in short use get_template_directory_uri when you are creating a parent theme and get_stylesheet_directory_uri when creating a child theme.
WordPress Parent Theme – echo get_template_directory_uri()
WordPress Child Theme – echo get_stylesheet_directory_uri()
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