A child theme inherits the function of a main or parent theme. These are used to modify existing themes while still maintaining the design and code.

These themes enhance the parent theme characteristics and enable the creation of new designs. Now we can extend existing capabilities of any theme.

If interested further this is the rationale.https://woocommerce.com/2015/0...

Here is the WP method (it's a plugin) to handily create a much needed child theme if this is your objective.

http://childthemegenerator.com...

Also this source can back up a relevant search https://www.frip.in/

Let's use this needed functionality to rock our content in the new year and excel!

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Kickbacked Premium
Hi Mike

Nice post! Thanks! I will add this to my woo commerce notes!

Tim
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sb4269 Premium
Awesome find. Thanks Mike.
Bless You,
Sam and Deb
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PatsyC Premium
Thanks Mike, I've had this on my list for months but feel intimidated by the process to add it. It may be nothing but I should just do it.
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XavierPerez1 Premium
Great outside the box thinking. NIce addition to our tools for strategic marketing. Thank you
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wendyg53 Premium
Thank you for this. I think child theme training should come at the beginning of the certification program on WA. I know a lot of people who lose the changes to their website as soon as the updates come out.

Having a plugin is a beautiful thing - it avoids the FTP apps, which I find very confusing. Thank you for this resource. It's bookmarked.
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SurfsideBob Premium
I started building sites 10+ years ago and learned very quickly that using a child theme is a must. As the parent theme is updated, any customizations you have made will not be lost when using a child theme.

However, and not to be argumentative, but this applies to ALL plugins. Please make sure that you are using a plugin from a trusted author, one that is not brand new out of the box - and one that is compatible with the current version of WP.

With this in mind, I would respectfully suggest using Child Theme Configurator instead of the Child Theme Generator mentioned in this post. I have used the Child Theme Configurator on ALL of my (12) sites and it is a great tool. You can check it out at https://wordpress.org/plugins/child-theme-configurator/

As you can see in the screenshot below, the Configurator is a more widely used (and trustworthy) plugin. It is tested with WP 4.9.1 and was updated last week. The other one mentioned in this post has been tested only up to WP 4.8.4 and was updated 7 months ago.

So friends, definitely use a child theme plugin, but the Configurator is the one I'd recommend, and it can be deactivated once it is used so that it does not affect page load speeds. Hope this helps. :-)
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MKearns Premium
Thank you for the upgraded information!
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SurfsideBob Premium
Apologies if I came off the wrong way Mike. Creating a child theme is a very important step but I learned (the hard way) to stay away from plugins that are not tested with current versions of WP.

I also use Wordfence Security, which is an awesome plugin. Not only does it protect my sites against hacks, it also alerts me to potential issues with plugins and their compatibility. In the past I used One Click Child Theme, and about 6 months ago Wordfence alerted me that the plugin hadn't been updated in months, was no longer compatible with WP, and looked to have been abandoned. That's when I transitioned to Child Theme Configurator.

So I'm a bit of a tech nerd and just try to stay on top of the best resources available. Hope you have a great day! :-)
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JasonLo Premium
For a HTML and CSS savvy person is it helpful?
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SurfsideBob Premium
Yes Jason, I would always create a child theme, as it copies ALL the inherent traits of the parent theme. Your site then runs on the child theme, where you make all of your edits and updates, and any future updates to the parent theme (to ensure WP compatibility, for example) do not overwrite your edits. Hope this helps. :-)
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JasonLo Premium
I mean how helpful is the plugin? Because as we both know changing simple code isn't difficult for CSS and HTML savvy people.
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SurfsideBob Premium
The plugin is extremely helpful Jason. Because if I spend the better part of a day copying all the php and html and css from the parent theme, I may as well write the entire theme myself. So I'd use Configurator in a heartbeat, saving yourself hours of time for you to invest in moving forward earning money here. :-)
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TRPEng Premium
Good information. Thanks
Trevor
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WilliamBH Premium
Thanks Michael .. this is great. I am assuming that one should use a child theme when one uses the Elementor builder. One of the trainings mentioned using a child theme but did not explain why. Cheers, William.
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Flash4 Premium
I like the idea of this. I've added to a growing list of your tips Mike.
How's your elbow?
My right wrist & elbow are sore too. My "mousing" hand.
Used the DMSO I told you about. OK now. Doesn't seem to work so good on old injuries such as thumbs though.
Cheers, Jae
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MKearns Premium
Getting adjusted Jae. Thank you!
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NickV1 Premium
Thanks for the theme. Thought about looking at it.
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bobrseno Premium
Good to know, Mike.
I've seen the prompt to do Child Theme but didn't understand what it was. I thought maybe it was "website lite" for those, like me, who can't handle the big people website! Lol.
Thanks for the info and the links.
~Bob
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Karlito76 Premium
Great post, I've been looking into child themes for some time now. They seem to have many great benefits depending on your theme. Thank you!
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phakacha8 Premium
Great post MKearns.
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Bibian2 Premium
Thank you Mike. What type of functionalities does it add to parents theme? Is it like adding extra page. Please may I know because I have been seeing child theme with out any knowledge of it. Thanks again
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MKearns Premium
Extra designs text adjustments etc.
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Bibian2 Premium
Thanks
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