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When, do you need to create a child theme?

Possibly I am in a slight panic for nothing but best to check.

Have done extensive work on my website; but only as far as

Hi LIsa - you only really need a child theme if you need to change any of the code in the theme's files. If the theme gets updated you would lose any changes you made to the files but not if you use a child theme.

And if you're messing with code, a child theme will help prevent you breaking your site :-)

You can make many style changes through css and many themes have places where you can drop in the css. There are probably plugins for this, too, but I've not looked. So, again, this doesn't touch the theme files.

If you have NO coding skills, you could get someone on Fiverr to do it. I paid $20 for a few css changes that I couldn't have done myself.

Ian

Hi Lisa, I try my best to stay away from messing with any code. If I do have to add some I always do a copy and paste before altering it. That way if I screw up I can always look at my note pad just in case. Do consider doing your own backup. All the best

I understand.
:-)

if you are changing all of this in the appearance customize then no problem at all - you don't need a child theme.
it is only when you start changing the css that will be changed back in a theme update that you need a child theme.
so i think you are safe.
good luck
phil

YES! Thank you.

Good to have that reassurance; but you probably know what it's like?

You do ALL this work, and then - suddenly - you wake up at 2 in the morning, and go "OMG, child theme - have I done all that work for nothing?" Followed by, PANIC.

Nice to be safe.

:-)

worth taking your own backup then.
but you shouldn't lose it.
I know the feeling though!! :)

I thought about backups, but WA do such a good job of that; I decided to leave it in their hands. It is part of the web-hosting service that they provide to members.

its your business....
call me paranoid, and listening to rumours of not 24 hour backups....

I do understand what you are saying and looked into backups only to find that WA do a much better job of maintaining the site than I could.

You have to choose what you're good at and focus on that.

:-)

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Yikes! child theme? when to get one?

Yikes! child theme? when to get one?

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Website Development & Programming
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When, do you need to create a child theme?

Possibly I am in a slight panic for nothing but best to check.

Have done extensive work on my website; but only as far as

Hi LIsa - you only really need a child theme if you need to change any of the code in the theme's files. If the theme gets updated you would lose any changes you made to the files but not if you use a child theme.

And if you're messing with code, a child theme will help prevent you breaking your site :-)

You can make many style changes through css and many themes have places where you can drop in the css. There are probably plugins for this, too, but I've not looked. So, again, this doesn't touch the theme files.

If you have NO coding skills, you could get someone on Fiverr to do it. I paid $20 for a few css changes that I couldn't have done myself.

Ian

Hi Lisa, I try my best to stay away from messing with any code. If I do have to add some I always do a copy and paste before altering it. That way if I screw up I can always look at my note pad just in case. Do consider doing your own backup. All the best

I understand.
:-)

if you are changing all of this in the appearance customize then no problem at all - you don't need a child theme.
it is only when you start changing the css that will be changed back in a theme update that you need a child theme.
so i think you are safe.
good luck
phil

YES! Thank you.

Good to have that reassurance; but you probably know what it's like?

You do ALL this work, and then - suddenly - you wake up at 2 in the morning, and go "OMG, child theme - have I done all that work for nothing?" Followed by, PANIC.

Nice to be safe.

:-)

worth taking your own backup then.
but you shouldn't lose it.
I know the feeling though!! :)

I thought about backups, but WA do such a good job of that; I decided to leave it in their hands. It is part of the web-hosting service that they provide to members.

its your business....
call me paranoid, and listening to rumours of not 24 hour backups....

I do understand what you are saying and looked into backups only to find that WA do a much better job of maintaining the site than I could.

You have to choose what you're good at and focus on that.

:-)

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If I use Classic Editor, can I switch to Gutenberg to get the look of blocked text for one post and if I then switch back will it affect all my other posts or not?

I do n

No, it won't. I have switched between them from one post to another and it only affects what I am working on. I have also switched between editors within a post. Now that makes a right mess lol!

Yes, you can have the choice on a post by post basis The block editor (Gutenberg) is the current and future editor for WordPress.

People are experiencing problems since the last upgrade. I think I'll just stay with what I've got.
L.

Hi Lisa, I would stick with the editor that has been working as long as you are satisfied with it. Changing editors in most cases changes the format to your posts and pages. Make sure you back up your site before you make any changes.

Agreed, just going to stay with what I have.

Hey Lisa,

Yes, technically you can. However, when you do that you could break some of your posts while the Block Editor is live... those that were created using the Classic Editor. Thus you really do need to make a commitment to stick with one or the other, as either plugin effects your entire website.

Hope you find this helpful.

Yes, very helpful - thank you. That is what I thought, so won't be changing editors anytime soon! :-)

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Is it possible to switch back and forth between wp editors?

Is it possible to switch back and forth between wp editors?

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If I use Classic Editor, can I switch to Gutenberg to get the look of blocked text for one post and if I then switch back will it affect all my other posts or not?

I do n

No, it won't. I have switched between them from one post to another and it only affects what I am working on. I have also switched between editors within a post. Now that makes a right mess lol!

Yes, you can have the choice on a post by post basis The block editor (Gutenberg) is the current and future editor for WordPress.

People are experiencing problems since the last upgrade. I think I'll just stay with what I've got.
L.

Hi Lisa, I would stick with the editor that has been working as long as you are satisfied with it. Changing editors in most cases changes the format to your posts and pages. Make sure you back up your site before you make any changes.

Agreed, just going to stay with what I have.

Hey Lisa,

Yes, technically you can. However, when you do that you could break some of your posts while the Block Editor is live... those that were created using the Classic Editor. Thus you really do need to make a commitment to stick with one or the other, as either plugin effects your entire website.

Hope you find this helpful.

Yes, very helpful - thank you. That is what I thought, so won't be changing editors anytime soon! :-)

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I am aware that five (preferably less than that number) plugins is the ideal maximum if you want to protect your website.

So, I got to wondering... is it possible to have

Well... success raineth here in sub-domain land. :-))))

HI Lisa.

Good question. I'm glad I stopped by because @triblu https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/triblu answer below is exactly what I needed. Well done all around I'd say. 👌👍😊

Regards,

Hey Lisa,

That IS a good idea... and yes, I have done that myself. Here are instructions for adding a subdomain to your present website: Though a subdomain is considered a 2nd website hosted here at WA, Google still sees it as part of your domain.

Hope you find this helpful.

Yes! Thank you. So, if I have a subdomain, am I setting up a second website (second installation and all that goes with it) on that subdomain? Or is it part of the original website?

Like in a root directory, where you have a main folder and then sub folders. Just trying to work out how/what this actually translates into, in terms of website structure?

 
YOUR question:
"So, if I have a subdomain, am I setting up a second website (second installation and all that goes with it) on that subdomain? Or is it part of the original website?"

MY answer:

Technically it IS part of your domain BUT it will require a separate installation of WordPress, a theme and plugins... thus the reason it is considered another website when hosted on WA servers.

OK. So (technically) that will also mean that the woo commerce plugin can go on the subdomain site and not the original site? So two sites, two sets of plugins (some different), and two sets of health/speed/site details etc.? This solving the problem of too many plugins slowing down the speed load?

Technically, you treat BOTH your main domain and the subdomains as TWO different websites and technically they ARE two separate sites.

In other words, a plugin installed in your main domain will NOT work in your subdomain too, as you would need to install the same plugin (IF NEEDED) in your subdomain too... if you need it.

Sounds like you've got it Lisa... and you BET it will solve too many plugins thus increasing the speed in which your website loads. All making Google a very happy search engine with your website. :-))

Thank you! Much appreciated.

Thank you for your help, I appear to have been successful.
Well... so far.
:-)

I've noticed some of the WP Themes that come with WooCommerce are already optimized for woocommerce. Then there is minification of CSS, etc which makes the site faster. You can try different things to make the site faster, but WooCommerce is a pretty standard plugin for WP. It "may" depend on the theme you're using.

It is recommended not to exceed five plugins.

Woo Commerce makes it six so far and counting.

What about a sub domain, would that be like a separate site or am I just further adding to the speed vs load situation?

I have two sites and i have certain categories of my blogs linked to each site. but i do state that it takes them out of one site into another in case they want to look at other things in the original site they came in, I did this so I would have a place to promote things that aren't acceptable on google paid ads without contaminating my first site if that makes sense. You can see what I mean on blissedmind.com and financiallyblissedmind.com I have another domain waiting to be worked on called physicallyblissed.com (not in operation yet) I did this for cbd oil and other natural products that is fda or google iffy not to jeopardize my main site.

I simply just added the link into the menu from page to page. Hope that helps.

Thank you!

So, me being a newbie at this, I need specific 'how to' instructions, so where would I look to get these?

Or... how did you find out how to do this?

Cheers for now, and thanks again,
L.

LOL I just came up with it on my own and tried it in menus. I'm a randomn tried something out and wish for the best person..lol I Just copied and pasted the link I wanted it to go to, and entered it in the menu has a custom html I think.

Sent you a screenshot of where to add custom htmls in menu. The person I signed up under for the cbdoil suggested I do a seperate website. so I just decided to connect the two.

I don't know. I've gradually crept above the 5 mark, but only add a new plugin under great duress. However, talk to Zed -- he believes that if the plugin itself has been properly tested and is shown to work well with our program, it won't hurt to have a few more than five.

Zed?

Yes...he posts just about every day...smartketeer...maybe that will help.

Ok, thank you. :-)

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Secondary products website linked to first?

Secondary products website linked to first?

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I am aware that five (preferably less than that number) plugins is the ideal maximum if you want to protect your website.

So, I got to wondering... is it possible to have

Well... success raineth here in sub-domain land. :-))))

HI Lisa.

Good question. I'm glad I stopped by because @triblu https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/triblu answer below is exactly what I needed. Well done all around I'd say. 👌👍😊

Regards,

Hey Lisa,

That IS a good idea... and yes, I have done that myself. Here are instructions for adding a subdomain to your present website: Though a subdomain is considered a 2nd website hosted here at WA, Google still sees it as part of your domain.

Hope you find this helpful.

Yes! Thank you. So, if I have a subdomain, am I setting up a second website (second installation and all that goes with it) on that subdomain? Or is it part of the original website?

Like in a root directory, where you have a main folder and then sub folders. Just trying to work out how/what this actually translates into, in terms of website structure?

 
YOUR question:
"So, if I have a subdomain, am I setting up a second website (second installation and all that goes with it) on that subdomain? Or is it part of the original website?"

MY answer:

Technically it IS part of your domain BUT it will require a separate installation of WordPress, a theme and plugins... thus the reason it is considered another website when hosted on WA servers.

OK. So (technically) that will also mean that the woo commerce plugin can go on the subdomain site and not the original site? So two sites, two sets of plugins (some different), and two sets of health/speed/site details etc.? This solving the problem of too many plugins slowing down the speed load?

Technically, you treat BOTH your main domain and the subdomains as TWO different websites and technically they ARE two separate sites.

In other words, a plugin installed in your main domain will NOT work in your subdomain too, as you would need to install the same plugin (IF NEEDED) in your subdomain too... if you need it.

Sounds like you've got it Lisa... and you BET it will solve too many plugins thus increasing the speed in which your website loads. All making Google a very happy search engine with your website. :-))

Thank you! Much appreciated.

Thank you for your help, I appear to have been successful.
Well... so far.
:-)

I've noticed some of the WP Themes that come with WooCommerce are already optimized for woocommerce. Then there is minification of CSS, etc which makes the site faster. You can try different things to make the site faster, but WooCommerce is a pretty standard plugin for WP. It "may" depend on the theme you're using.

It is recommended not to exceed five plugins.

Woo Commerce makes it six so far and counting.

What about a sub domain, would that be like a separate site or am I just further adding to the speed vs load situation?

I have two sites and i have certain categories of my blogs linked to each site. but i do state that it takes them out of one site into another in case they want to look at other things in the original site they came in, I did this so I would have a place to promote things that aren't acceptable on google paid ads without contaminating my first site if that makes sense. You can see what I mean on blissedmind.com and financiallyblissedmind.com I have another domain waiting to be worked on called physicallyblissed.com (not in operation yet) I did this for cbd oil and other natural products that is fda or google iffy not to jeopardize my main site.

I simply just added the link into the menu from page to page. Hope that helps.

Thank you!

So, me being a newbie at this, I need specific 'how to' instructions, so where would I look to get these?

Or... how did you find out how to do this?

Cheers for now, and thanks again,
L.

LOL I just came up with it on my own and tried it in menus. I'm a randomn tried something out and wish for the best person..lol I Just copied and pasted the link I wanted it to go to, and entered it in the menu has a custom html I think.

Sent you a screenshot of where to add custom htmls in menu. The person I signed up under for the cbdoil suggested I do a seperate website. so I just decided to connect the two.

I don't know. I've gradually crept above the 5 mark, but only add a new plugin under great duress. However, talk to Zed -- he believes that if the plugin itself has been properly tested and is shown to work well with our program, it won't hurt to have a few more than five.

Zed?

Yes...he posts just about every day...smartketeer...maybe that will help.

Ok, thank you. :-)

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Have plugins that came with my theme, now have to add an e-commerce one, mindful of not having too many!

As Triblu said - check your site speed before and after loading a plugin.

One tool I like more than Google or Pingdom is GTMetrix.com.

Run the GTMetrix test two times before you add your plugin and two times after as well.

Running it two or three times will give you more consistency when reviewing the results because sometimes your results can vary on these sites due to server issues on their end.

Hi Lisa, if I mis-understood your question I apologize. I use Woo commerce plugin and find it to be very helpful. Seeing as your site speed is fair, perhaps taking a look at using this plugin would be an asset. All the best

Thank you.

Is it just the one plugin or are there more required to successfully run woo commerce, and which one do you recommend?

Hi Lisa, I started with one plugin(really all you need). Pick the one with the most downloads. I think it is up in the million mark range. They also have their own woo commerce analytics plugin. Just type in add new plugin and type e-commerce in the search. Pick the one with the most downloads

Ok, thank you.

Hey Lisa,

Here's a tutorial to help you: Hope you find this helpful.

Right now site speed is fine, my concern is knowing when I've reached the 'too much' level ahead of time.

To know that for certain, you would need to retest your website EVERY TIME you add another plugin.

All you really need to do is make sure you have the basic "needs" (and I know that can be tough, I've been guilty of too many plugins myself) and the stick to adding your unique, quality content on a regular basis... and do NOT stop adding new content until you get to... ooooh, maybe 1000 posts.

Also, make sure old information is updated as soon as you notice it is outdated.

What are the basic needs?

Each website's basic needs will depend on the quality of theme used PLUS the needs of the website owner.

Yes, exactly what has happened. Now I am heading towards six plugins.

You can check you overall SiteSpeed using these instructions Your SiteManager section also gives good advice on ways to improve your page to rank better in Google

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/websites

Thank you, site speed is fine... right now.

Great, just keep an eye on it as you add new plugins, change themes, etc.

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How does one assess the plugin 'load' on your site speed?

How does one assess the plugin 'load' on your site speed?

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Have plugins that came with my theme, now have to add an e-commerce one, mindful of not having too many!

As Triblu said - check your site speed before and after loading a plugin.

One tool I like more than Google or Pingdom is GTMetrix.com.

Run the GTMetrix test two times before you add your plugin and two times after as well.

Running it two or three times will give you more consistency when reviewing the results because sometimes your results can vary on these sites due to server issues on their end.

Hi Lisa, if I mis-understood your question I apologize. I use Woo commerce plugin and find it to be very helpful. Seeing as your site speed is fair, perhaps taking a look at using this plugin would be an asset. All the best

Thank you.

Is it just the one plugin or are there more required to successfully run woo commerce, and which one do you recommend?

Hi Lisa, I started with one plugin(really all you need). Pick the one with the most downloads. I think it is up in the million mark range. They also have their own woo commerce analytics plugin. Just type in add new plugin and type e-commerce in the search. Pick the one with the most downloads

Ok, thank you.

Hey Lisa,

Here's a tutorial to help you: Hope you find this helpful.

Right now site speed is fine, my concern is knowing when I've reached the 'too much' level ahead of time.

To know that for certain, you would need to retest your website EVERY TIME you add another plugin.

All you really need to do is make sure you have the basic "needs" (and I know that can be tough, I've been guilty of too many plugins myself) and the stick to adding your unique, quality content on a regular basis... and do NOT stop adding new content until you get to... ooooh, maybe 1000 posts.

Also, make sure old information is updated as soon as you notice it is outdated.

What are the basic needs?

Each website's basic needs will depend on the quality of theme used PLUS the needs of the website owner.

Yes, exactly what has happened. Now I am heading towards six plugins.

You can check you overall SiteSpeed using these instructions Your SiteManager section also gives good advice on ways to improve your page to rank better in Google

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/websites

Thank you, site speed is fine... right now.

Great, just keep an eye on it as you add new plugins, change themes, etc.

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