Hi there

I've just changed themes and have switched to Astra.

I created a child theme for my previous theme and I was wondering if it's necessary to create another one for Astra and how do I go about doing that?

Can you refer me to a training that can help me with that?

Thanks

Maggie




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Mark K Premium
Child themes were something that was needed if you were going to make behind the scenes code changes to the theme. Today though, you don't really need a child theme anymore.

If you still want to make code changes to your theme, there are plugins out there that will help you do this. Code Snippets for one.

If you have just changed themes you might want to check out the Kadence theme before settling for Astra. It includes a whole host of features in the free version. Its also easy for the less technical person if you don't dabble with theme customisation's much.
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MaggieR1 Premium
Great stuff. When was the theme launched? Is it safe to trust it since it seems it hasn't been around for long? Do you use the theme yourself?

I've just switched themes, If I keep changing themes, does this not pose the risk of having my site "broken"

I have to ask these questions, Mark, surely I'm considering your suggestion but need more information before making any decision.

I've just looked it up on google the theme seems fairly new and there's too much hype about it.

Your input is much appreciated.
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Dale123 Premium Plus
Yes, you should always create a child theme for your themes so that any updates you make do not get wiped out them the theme authors push new versions of their theme.
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MaggieR1 Premium
Thanks Dale but after switching themes I still have the child theme for the previous theme active.
Do I need to deactivate it and reinstall it to link it to the new theme?

I'm a bit confused.
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Dale123 Premium Plus
Each theme needs its own child theme.

So let's say you're using GeneratePress. You would create a Child Theme for GeneratePress & then activate the Child. This would display your main GeneratePress theme, but changes would be saved in the Child version to prevent updates wiping them out.

If you add a new theme, you would need to create a new Child Theme for that theme & then activate the Child theme.
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MaggieR1 Premium
I get all that. It's just that the child theme configurator for the previous theme is still active despite the changes. I would like to know if I need to deactivate it first and start all over again installing the child theme configurator for the new theme because I've tried installing the plugin but it' indicates that the plugin is active.

What do I do.....?
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Mark K Premium
yes you do. The child theme you had will not work with another theme. you need to remove the existing one.
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MaggieR1 Premium
Thanks Mark
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi, this resource may help you
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
We also recommend keeping the TwentyTwenty theme for back up.
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MaggieR1 Premium
Ok great. Does it mean each time I change themes I should also create a child theme along?
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
No I don't. However I keep my back up.
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MaggieR1 Premium
Ok let me understand you. Do you mean that since I've created a child theme before switching themes. The previous child theme I created for a different theme still applies with the new theme?

Then I can continue with the customization without any worry that each time I update the theme the changes I have made to my site wont be affected?
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