Friday Archive Dive: Child Themes
Today’s Archive Dive takes us to July 16, 2013, when I shared some information on a crucial aspect of running a WordPress install: Child Themes. If you don’t make your site modifications on a Child Theme, you risk losing a lot of hard work as soon your theme updates.
As we mentioned in last week’s Ten Tips for WordPress newbs piece, you never want to make changes to your WordPress theme. Instead create a Child Theme and makle changes to that.
It works like this. The site uses all of the coding from the theme except for the coding found in the Child Theme. The Child Theme is a selective over-writing of the original theme.
Anything you do to change your site through the original theme will be lost the next time the theme developers release an update.
Here’s how to create a Child Theme.