Child themes in WordPress can seem complicated and unnecessary for the inexperienced. The truth is that the child themes are not as complicated as many people think, and there are several advantages to them.
What is a child theme?
A child theme is a theme based on a common theme, usually referred to as parent or the main theme. It is the simplest form of WordPress theme and making changes through a child theme instead of directly into the main theme has several advantages:
- When the main theme is updated, you avoid losing your changes
- Faster to work with
- Easier to work with for beginners
But, as with most things, there are also disadvantages:
- It uses most of import, which is bad for the site's performance
- With many changes, the style sheets are unnecessarily long.
If there are high demands for performance and plan to make very many changes, it is in other words, better to make a common theme than a child theme. For most, however, may very well run with a child theme.
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