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Hello, my name is Carrie, and I live in Illinois. I joined WA to learn as much as I can about online marketing and building

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Website Development & Programming
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Would someone be able to explain what a "child theme" is?

And also when and why it is necessary?

You live and learn, I didn't know this either. Good question.
Bill

A struggle that has to be had, really- do it once and you can forget it....Great comments from the community another reminder of just how fab this joint is..

Great information below!

You can use a plugin to make your CSS edits and when your parent theme updates your changes will not be lost. https://wordpress.org/plugins/simple-custom-css/

Also didn't mention that some themes have a CSS (cascading style sheets) function customized into the theme, so you can make all you edits there opposed to downloading a CSS plugin. You only need a Child theme if you are going to make edits to files such as the header.php or footer.php files.

Most premium themes don't require a child theme it's generally the free themes that would require that option should you need to commit to a lot of CSS edits.

If you need to make general CSS edits then the plugin as mentioned before will be sufficient to do this.

Live and learn Blue Dot. I didn't know what CSS stands for, but I think all my posts are in CSS without me even doing anything, duh!

The references suggested below tell you all about what child themes are and why they are used but are more useful if you are planning on developing themes yourself.

However, as some people have said, because the main benefit is that if you make bespoke changes to the look and feel of your theme you will be making them to the child theme (if it is one of the themes that uses a parent/child theme framework) and not the main theme framework (parent).

Should the theme developer then issue an upgrade to the main framework you can upload it without losing your bespoke changes.

Not all themes are build around the parent/child theme concept. Most of the themes you'll get which includes probably all of the free ones and a lot of the paid ones don't have child themes with them.

The Genesis suite does and is a good example of how parent/child themes work. To use a Genesis theme you have to upload the genesis framework (parent) as well as whatever Genesis child theme you want to use.

You will also come across skins which work in a similar way to child themes in that they provide a different look and feel and sit on top of the underlying framework.

Thanks didn know that either

Wow, I didn't know that existed. Glad you asked the question!

Or to put it in other words: parent theme is a framework which enables functionality but doesn't bother with fancy display. While child theme is an extension / practical usage of the framework with all the bells and whistles...

Jump to http://barefootrunninghaven.com, scroll to the bottow and click on the links on the right.

The short of it: A WordPress child theme is a theme that inherits the functionality of another theme, called the parent theme. Child themes allow you to modify, or add to the functionality of that parent theme. A child theme is the safest and easiest way to modify an existing theme, whether you want to make a few tiny changes or extensive changes. Instead of modifying the theme files directly, you can create a child theme and override within.

Why use a Child Theme?
Here are a few reasons:

If you modify an existing theme and it is updated, your changes will be lost. With a child theme, you can update the parent theme (which might be important for security or functionality) and still keep your changes.
It can speed up development time.
It’s a great way to get started if you are just learning WordPress theme development.

thanks for all this good info!

It's great to have members that so knowledgeable in website technicalities.

Hi Carrie, I googled this and found an explanation from word press. I believe this will shed some light on the subject. Hope it helps
https://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes

Maybe this is something I don´t know ;)
https://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes
Best regards
Thomas

Thanks WJC and forsthomas, child theme explained in this page.

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Child Theme

Child Theme

asked in
Website Development & Programming
Updated

Would someone be able to explain what a "child theme" is?

And also when and why it is necessary?

You live and learn, I didn't know this either. Good question.
Bill

A struggle that has to be had, really- do it once and you can forget it....Great comments from the community another reminder of just how fab this joint is..

Great information below!

You can use a plugin to make your CSS edits and when your parent theme updates your changes will not be lost. https://wordpress.org/plugins/simple-custom-css/

Also didn't mention that some themes have a CSS (cascading style sheets) function customized into the theme, so you can make all you edits there opposed to downloading a CSS plugin. You only need a Child theme if you are going to make edits to files such as the header.php or footer.php files.

Most premium themes don't require a child theme it's generally the free themes that would require that option should you need to commit to a lot of CSS edits.

If you need to make general CSS edits then the plugin as mentioned before will be sufficient to do this.

Live and learn Blue Dot. I didn't know what CSS stands for, but I think all my posts are in CSS without me even doing anything, duh!

The references suggested below tell you all about what child themes are and why they are used but are more useful if you are planning on developing themes yourself.

However, as some people have said, because the main benefit is that if you make bespoke changes to the look and feel of your theme you will be making them to the child theme (if it is one of the themes that uses a parent/child theme framework) and not the main theme framework (parent).

Should the theme developer then issue an upgrade to the main framework you can upload it without losing your bespoke changes.

Not all themes are build around the parent/child theme concept. Most of the themes you'll get which includes probably all of the free ones and a lot of the paid ones don't have child themes with them.

The Genesis suite does and is a good example of how parent/child themes work. To use a Genesis theme you have to upload the genesis framework (parent) as well as whatever Genesis child theme you want to use.

You will also come across skins which work in a similar way to child themes in that they provide a different look and feel and sit on top of the underlying framework.

Thanks didn know that either

Wow, I didn't know that existed. Glad you asked the question!

Or to put it in other words: parent theme is a framework which enables functionality but doesn't bother with fancy display. While child theme is an extension / practical usage of the framework with all the bells and whistles...

Jump to http://barefootrunninghaven.com, scroll to the bottow and click on the links on the right.

The short of it: A WordPress child theme is a theme that inherits the functionality of another theme, called the parent theme. Child themes allow you to modify, or add to the functionality of that parent theme. A child theme is the safest and easiest way to modify an existing theme, whether you want to make a few tiny changes or extensive changes. Instead of modifying the theme files directly, you can create a child theme and override within.

Why use a Child Theme?
Here are a few reasons:

If you modify an existing theme and it is updated, your changes will be lost. With a child theme, you can update the parent theme (which might be important for security or functionality) and still keep your changes.
It can speed up development time.
It’s a great way to get started if you are just learning WordPress theme development.

thanks for all this good info!

It's great to have members that so knowledgeable in website technicalities.

Hi Carrie, I googled this and found an explanation from word press. I believe this will shed some light on the subject. Hope it helps
https://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes

Maybe this is something I don´t know ;)
https://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes
Best regards
Thomas

Thanks WJC and forsthomas, child theme explained in this page.

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asked in
Getting Started
Updated

Good morning!

Back on Level 2, Lesson 3 I ran into a snag and I would like to get it straightened out so I am hoping someone here knows the answer to this.

The domai

Ooops!

Sorry Carrie...that's how it works!

Bummer :>)

Carrie, Trialynn will walk you through the forwarding process. e-mail always goes to domain.
John

Mail only goes to your domain. You cannot change the extension of your mail. You can forward it. PM me for more info.

Going to now...thought I had this morning but I guess it never went through.

Hey Carrie,
Maybe I don't understand well, but you can also forward your current email to your other domain by clicking on "New Forward" tab under the Email section.

Hi lane2000,

I seem to be getting you wrong. What do you mean by saying the domain name has to be the same as the website? Are you referring to the niche, that the domain name should reflect the niche market one is in?
Sorry I could not help here

Terenzia

HI!
I read in comments somewhere on here where Kyle says to buy a domain name that is the same name as your website. I had already bought my domain by that time though and my domain name is not going to work as a website name.

Hi lane2000,

Very true the best thing to do is to have a domain name that reflects what your website does. But not all the websites follow that and they are very successful too.

E.g. Let us take Amazon.com domain name. If one has never heard of Amazon before they would not know what happens on the Amazon website.

My understanding why it is beneficial to use a domain name that reflects what your site does is because of branding. It is easier to get known when your name reflects what you do than following Amazon, MacDonald and so on way.

So if the domain name you purchased broadly represents what you do, you might want to use it for the start and move the content later if you still want to.

If you want someone to have a look at the domain name first you can do a live chat or ask for technical help before spending more money on another purchase.

Good luck to you, all the best

Terenzia

Hi Carrie.

You can register a new domain name - and then use the "Move" option in Build My Website to transfer the current one, to the new domain.

I hope this helps?

All the best, Mark

What do you mean by "register" a new domain? Does that mean purchasing a new domain and moving the website over to it?

Hi - yes.

You'll need to buy a new domain, and point it to WAs name servers. It will then appear in the list in Build My Website.

You can then click on the Move link - on the same line as your "old" website (with the domain name you don't want to use) - that will let you then select the new domain to transfer your website to.

All the best, Mark

I would maybe raise a support ticket and ask the tech support people (under build my website)

The email is from the domain name, you can't change it sorry.

Oh wow, that is what I was afraid of. Really wish I would have known that when I bought it.
Thanks

You can't just change it as and when you like. You need to buy it from a domain registrar. Perhaps you can change your site title instead.

Nope, I will have to buy a new domain, I cannot change my website name to the domain name.
Thanks

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Domain specific email

Domain specific email

asked in
Getting Started
Updated

Good morning!

Back on Level 2, Lesson 3 I ran into a snag and I would like to get it straightened out so I am hoping someone here knows the answer to this.

The domai

Ooops!

Sorry Carrie...that's how it works!

Bummer :>)

Carrie, Trialynn will walk you through the forwarding process. e-mail always goes to domain.
John

Mail only goes to your domain. You cannot change the extension of your mail. You can forward it. PM me for more info.

Going to now...thought I had this morning but I guess it never went through.

Hey Carrie,
Maybe I don't understand well, but you can also forward your current email to your other domain by clicking on "New Forward" tab under the Email section.

Hi lane2000,

I seem to be getting you wrong. What do you mean by saying the domain name has to be the same as the website? Are you referring to the niche, that the domain name should reflect the niche market one is in?
Sorry I could not help here

Terenzia

HI!
I read in comments somewhere on here where Kyle says to buy a domain name that is the same name as your website. I had already bought my domain by that time though and my domain name is not going to work as a website name.

Hi lane2000,

Very true the best thing to do is to have a domain name that reflects what your website does. But not all the websites follow that and they are very successful too.

E.g. Let us take Amazon.com domain name. If one has never heard of Amazon before they would not know what happens on the Amazon website.

My understanding why it is beneficial to use a domain name that reflects what your site does is because of branding. It is easier to get known when your name reflects what you do than following Amazon, MacDonald and so on way.

So if the domain name you purchased broadly represents what you do, you might want to use it for the start and move the content later if you still want to.

If you want someone to have a look at the domain name first you can do a live chat or ask for technical help before spending more money on another purchase.

Good luck to you, all the best

Terenzia

Hi Carrie.

You can register a new domain name - and then use the "Move" option in Build My Website to transfer the current one, to the new domain.

I hope this helps?

All the best, Mark

What do you mean by "register" a new domain? Does that mean purchasing a new domain and moving the website over to it?

Hi - yes.

You'll need to buy a new domain, and point it to WAs name servers. It will then appear in the list in Build My Website.

You can then click on the Move link - on the same line as your "old" website (with the domain name you don't want to use) - that will let you then select the new domain to transfer your website to.

All the best, Mark

I would maybe raise a support ticket and ask the tech support people (under build my website)

The email is from the domain name, you can't change it sorry.

Oh wow, that is what I was afraid of. Really wish I would have known that when I bought it.
Thanks

You can't just change it as and when you like. You need to buy it from a domain registrar. Perhaps you can change your site title instead.

Nope, I will have to buy a new domain, I cannot change my website name to the domain name.
Thanks

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Social Engagement & Marketing
Updated

I FINALY set up a Google Plus profile today. I see alot of people here who have it on their WA profile, how do you do that?

I still dont see my google plus link on my profile... does anyone else?

I see it now at the top of this discussion.

The g+is not showing on my profile still have not seen it how long do it take i must be anxious.

As it turns out, I don't think it shows up there.

oh i see Just had to click on it .

https://plus.google.com/u/0/101146521676376052760 Copy and pasted mine but it is not highlighted.is something wrong ?

is that your google+ are you sure?

Were you able to get this working?

When you go to your "about" page in Google+ you will find your Google+ link in the browser. It should look something like this (mine)
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+GordiD.

I havent done it either

it was easy and took about 5 minutes

Have u done it yet???

No not jet but i have start to meet other wa members on my g+ profil

Hi Carrie. I noticed that you don't have your Google+ account listed on your page yet. Are you still having trouble? Follow James and Karina's advice. We are all here to help you!

I had to do leave unexpectedly but Im back now!

Actually, I this was in Level 2, Lesson #9. Kyle tells you exactly how to do it if you're still confused.

Well, congrats! I guess it's necessary for me to do that as well and you've set an example for me. Thanks! :D

I actually like the looks of Google Plus better than FB so far but it is an adjustment trying to navigate a new site.

Go to G+ and click on your little icon to view your Profile. Then copy and paste the URL up to the last number to here. Here you need to click on your little icon up top and select account settings. You cane paste in your URL there.

Here is what mine looks like: https://plus.google.com/u/0/102828767990421443594

Ok, I'm going to go try this... wish me luck! ha ha

You can DO IT!! 8)

Hmm... I dont see a URL on my profile

Once your on your G+ profile page grab the URL from the address bar up top. From the start to the last number.

Hi there,

you need to click in to your profile...and when you're on your profile, you will see these numbers on the web-address-field (where you type any website address)

Hope this helps :)

Oh duh! I see my URL now!

hahaha, love that last response :)

Ok I went into account settings and pasted my link, then saved it. I thought I did it right but my google sign isnt showing on my profile...

Double check the URL, make sure you got the whoole thing down to the last number and nothing after that.

If it looks right, maybe it just needs time to update in the system?

Ok, I will check my URL again and if it looks right, I will give it til morning and see if it works itself out.

I see it there too but I dont see it when u go to my profile, do u?

I do not see it on your profile, but I don't see it on mine either. Thinking it just shows on discussions and blogs that you create maybe.

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My Google Plus

My Google Plus

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Social Engagement & Marketing
Updated

I FINALY set up a Google Plus profile today. I see alot of people here who have it on their WA profile, how do you do that?

I still dont see my google plus link on my profile... does anyone else?

I see it now at the top of this discussion.

The g+is not showing on my profile still have not seen it how long do it take i must be anxious.

As it turns out, I don't think it shows up there.

oh i see Just had to click on it .

https://plus.google.com/u/0/101146521676376052760 Copy and pasted mine but it is not highlighted.is something wrong ?

is that your google+ are you sure?

Were you able to get this working?

When you go to your "about" page in Google+ you will find your Google+ link in the browser. It should look something like this (mine)
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+GordiD.

I havent done it either

it was easy and took about 5 minutes

Have u done it yet???

No not jet but i have start to meet other wa members on my g+ profil

Hi Carrie. I noticed that you don't have your Google+ account listed on your page yet. Are you still having trouble? Follow James and Karina's advice. We are all here to help you!

I had to do leave unexpectedly but Im back now!

Actually, I this was in Level 2, Lesson #9. Kyle tells you exactly how to do it if you're still confused.