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Getting Comfortable with Child Themes

Child themes are a simple but powerful way to customize a pre-made theme. Learning how to use them properly means you’ll never risk losing all your modifications when the developer releases a new version and you update the theme.

Child themes are a simple but powerful way to customize a pre-made theme. Learning how to use them properly means you’ll never risk losing all your modifications when the developer releases a new version and you update the theme.

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  1. 1. Kathryn Presner · @zoonini Theme Whisperer · Happiness Engineer Theme Team · Automattic
  2. 2. https://www.flickr.com/photos/ben124/5396260658
  3. 3. https://www.flickr.com/photos/sackton/8258253775/
  4. 4. Brownies Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add dry ingredients. Spread in pan, bake at 350F for 30 min. 1 cup sugar ½ cup butter 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla 1 cup flour ¼ cup cocoa ½ tsp. salt
  5. 5. Child theme = recipe variation https://www.flickr.com/photos/snekse/399462304
  6. 6. Brownie Variations Blondies + brown sugar - white sugar - cocoa Mint brownies + add mint extract - vanilla Nutty brownies + nuts Double chocolate mini muffins + choc. chips +bake in mini-muffin tin
  7. 7. https://www.flickr.com/photos/handcoding/2117794703
  8. 8. Parent Theme != Starter Theme
  9. 9. https://www.flickr.com/photos/healthcare4every1/3743271846
  10. 10. Why?
  11. 11. Why? Safer updates
  12. 12. Why? Faster development
  13. 13. Why? Benefit from others' design, coding
  14. 14. Why? Make changes beyond just CSS
  15. 15. Why? Easy to revert back to parent
  16. 16. Why not?
  17. 17. Why not? Untangling others' code
  18. 18. Why not? Can feel hacky
  19. 19. Why not? Can be inefficient
  20. 20. Let's Go! http://zooninidev.com/child-theming ⇒ practical exercises and resources
  21. 21. Credits Presentation slideshare.net/zoonini Kathryn Presner kpresner.com / Twitter: @zoonini Fonts Arvo & Lato

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