Wordpress Tip Of The Day - Child Themes

Last Update: November 13, 2014

Hi All

Today's WordPress tip is using themes with child themes

Some themes come with child and framework files, the theme you can see is a studio press paid theme, which comes with a frame work and child theme

To explain what these themes are, the best way I can describe it is like a car, the framework is the engine and the child theme is the spray paint, these themes are used in order to add additional functionality to the theme, they also have the benefit of saving your work when you change the theme the framework saves all the work so if you break or mess up the child part of the theme, the framework is in the background to keep all the work you have created

How to upload and activate the framework and child theme

Step 1

upload the framework file and do not click activate

Step 2

Upload the child theme, then click activate

The framework file is the right hand part and the child theme is the left one

That's all there is to it, so now if you need to upload a theme with a framework and child part you now know how to do it

Barry

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TechniSmart Premium
Hi Barry,

I appreciate your tips. I followed you.

The Sydney theme by aThemes stops WP Edit from displaying tool bar options when I use a child theme. Maybe it is caused by the Child Themify plugin. I will deactivate for a test.

In the meantime, can you suggest another child theme plugin that may work with WP Edit? (WP edit is the new name for the old TinyMCE Advanced which stopped working with WP 4.3)

Thanks

Michael
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TechniSmart Premium
Yes Steve I have. Let me explain the problem so others can avoid it.

By using a child theme according to Angel's video, it disabled the ability to run a plugin WP Edit for toolbar control of the fonts, sizes etc.

So I deactivated the child theme and activated the original theme. Of course all the work I did in the child theme are lost to the original theme. That's the whole reason for child themes, so we don't lose the work when the publisher updates.

I want to edit menu fonts etc, with WP editor, and I don't want to edit them manually through CSS edits. Now I have deactivated the child theme and I am left with the original theme, but I do have the ability to use WP Edit.

Support only said it was working for them, but they only tested the plugin on whatever them they use.

There is obviously a problem between aThemes' Sydney theme, which I like very much and Child Themify. Can anyone suggest other child theme plugins or WP Edit alternative?

So you see the dilemma.

Thanks in advance form anyone game enough to respond.

Michael
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Prestones Premium
... another visitor from the link Angela posted :)

Dennis
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SupportWorx Premium
Thanks so much Barry, I kept seeing the word Child Theme and couldn't figure out what it was so Angela gave me your link! -Alexx
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Carriedaway Premium
Thanks Baz, this helped answer my question
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bazboy247 Premium
Glad it helped

Barry
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NWTDennis Premium
Having a little trouble getting my brain around this one, but it's a concern because my current theme (I've changed it for this niche 2 times already) has the Child Theme capability.

I thought that backing up my site before a theme update protected me from the unintended consequences of an update. Apparently not.

Oh well ... just another bump in this steep learning curve.
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SoupGypsy Premium
Hmmm. I learned some great stuff right here. Thanks.
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Sui_generis Premium
I'm still trying to get child themes into my head. A new update came out on my theme and I downloaded that update but I don't like it as much as the original. I was thinking that something wouldn't work right if I kept avoiding the updates though. Would a child theme have helped?
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rosieM Premium
Thank you! Child themes can be amazing, but very confusing at first.....
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CarlaIves Premium
I don't think I'll ever understand this concept. UGH I keep trying, though.
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kholmes Premium
I really would like to ask a couple questions, but since I am not using a child theme...I will pass on it...so as to not give me more things to think about...Lol..Thanks for sharing Barry. :))
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Christabelle Premium
I still have more to learn on this, lol!
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tmmom Premium
Thank you, Barry!
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Terry661 Premium
And then do we do the reverse to go back to the main Theme?
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byderman Premium
Terry661. Good question. So if we make changes to the child theme and then we want to go back to the framework theme, are the changes we made to the chile theme reflected in the framework theme? Or Do we just go to appearances>themes and select the framework theme and we basically start from scratch again?
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bazboy247 Premium
You really don't need to touch the framework theme
You can use the framework theme as a theme by it self but its not recommended
If you have both themes installed then you want to use a different theme then just activate a new theme
Its best to build a site using both the framework and the child theme

Barry
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davyrobot Premium
It's fantastic to see - someone who gives - such great value!

Thank you Barry! :)
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bazboy247 Premium
Thank you for your feedback

Barry
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davyrobot Premium
You are very Welcome! :)
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