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What Is a WordPress Child Theme | Pros+Cons and Why You Need It

Get to know what a WordPress child theme is, why you need it, and the pros and cons of using it! Build your WordPress website with Hostinger web hosting today 👉
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With a WordPress child theme, you can modify an existing theme’s style, features, and functionality without changing the parent theme. This video will discuss the basics of a WordPress child theme, including its pros and cons, and how to tell if you need it or not.

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🕒 Timestamps

00:00 – Intro
00:38 – What is a WordPress Child Theme?
01:09 – How Do Child Themes Work?
01:55 – Pros & Cons of Using a Child Theme
04:14 – When Do You Need a Child Theme?
05:32 – Tips & Tricks for Creating a Child Theme
06:27 – Outro
👉 What Is a WordPress Child Theme?

A child theme is a theme that inherits the design, functionality, and coding of its parent theme. By using a child theme, you can selectively make modifications without altering the parent theme.

👉 How Do Child Themes Work?

There are two core theme files that make your theme work – the stylesheet and functions files. Child themes have their own stylesheet and functions files, stored in a separate directory from their parent theme.

You can modify any elements in your child theme via CSS and PHP files, even if the attributes aren’t present in the parent theme.

👉 Pros & Cons of Using a Child Theme

Here are some advantages of using a WordPress child theme:

✅ It’s an efficient way to create a new WordPress theme.
✅ You can customize it without the risk of breaking the parent theme’s functionality.
✅ You can track the modified parts and easily troubleshoot a child theme. The parent theme’s functionality also serves as a fallback option.
✅ You can keep the styling of your child theme across multiple websites.
✅ Regular security updates and patches, if the parent theme was created by a reputable developer.
Meanwhile, here are the disadvantages of child themes:
✅ You’ll face a steep learning curve, but customizing them will become easier once you understand the parent theme’s files and structures.
✅ If the parent theme’s developer makes a significant change or stops working on it, it will also affect the child theme.

👉 When Do You Need a Child Theme?

You’ll need a child theme if you’re going to make a lot of adjustments to your theme’s CSS or PHP files. But, if you think you’ll rarely or never do that, you don’t need one.

👉 Tips & Tricks for Creating a Child Theme

✅ Choose a good parent theme from a reputable developer.
✅ Use a staging environment when you activate the child theme for the first time.
✅ Check other child themes created for that particular parent theme.
✅ Don’t be afraid to start over if you encounter an error, as WordPress has a huge community and robust documentation to help you solve any problems.

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