Child Theme in WordPress has become a standard the past few years for the majority of the developers. The reason is, even if you get a theme full of features and options, there may be something you need that is missing. Indeed, the web is everywhere nowadays and even the most flexible theme will not be able to fulfill every need of every user. And, most probably it isn’t designed to do so. That’s why its a great idea to create and use a child theme on your website.
What is a child theme
A child theme in WordPress is a special type of theme that inherits all functions and styling from a parent theme. It can apply to any valid WordPress theme. The process of adding a child theme is pretty straightforward thus, anyone can create one. For the purpose of easiness, many theme publishers include the child theme by default in their theme packages.
Even if you are not planning to customize the theme, it’s better to deploy on a child theme as you are having an immediate “fallback” theme in case you mess up with a setting and you don’t want to reset the whole section. Indeed, on a properly configured website, switching between child-parent theme is easy and, depending on the extent of the customization you have performed, it’s wont actually destruct the end user experience. After reviewing the default settings, you can switch back to the child theme and move on.
To keep up with your work without stressful or wishful thinking, use a Child Theme. It’s the second most important thing after keeping a backup for any website (which now it’s easier than ever). Just, add the child theme in parallel to the parent and activate it.
Plethora Themes include the child theme in the package so you don’t have to waste time building one.
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