Child theme? How does it work? Is it important? or just an ordinary add-on?
Questions that people may think when they hear these words. Performing some adjustments in our theme’s code can be a lot of effort. If people only knew, it is the “child” that every parent themes need.
As defined in WordPress.Org, Child theme is a theme that inherits the functionality from another WordPress theme, the parent theme. The child theme allows you to change the theme’s functionality without editing the parent theme template files. It is most considered as the safest way when you need to modify a template file from your theme.
Child theme basically has the “style.css” file and the “functions.php” file, the stored CSS file will override the styles that the parent theme has, while the “functions.php” file does not override its counterpart from the parent. Whenever there are updates, you don’t have to worry because your customizations are saved on the child theme. There are a lot of benefits when you do have a “child” theme. Not just an ordinary add-on but an ideal solution.
In other words, a child theme is the “Bomb” for WordPress developers and quoted as “..using a child theme is a great way to learn about WordPress theme development and can speed up development time”.
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