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Customizing existing WordPress themes is a great way to get the look you’re going for, but if you’re not careful, when you update your theme, you can easily lose all of the customizations you’ve made. In this short course, you will learn how to use child themes to customize your WordPress websites, so you can make all the changes you want without worrying about losing them.

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1. Introduction

1.1 Introduction

Hello, and welcome to Customizing WordPress with Child Themes. My name is Craig Campbell and in this short course, I'm gonna show you a risk-free way to customize your WordPress themes by creating a Child Theme off of an existing parent theme. Allowing you to customize that parent theme without changing any of its files. So I wanna thank you so much for watching and we'll get started in the next video.

2. Child Themes in WordPress

2.1 The Problem With Customization

Hello, and welcome back. In this lesson, I wanna talk briefly about the particular problem that we're trying to solve in this course. Now, most well-designed themes provide a lot of option for customization. And there are a lot of options built into WordPress itself as well, and most of those can be found under the Appearance menu. So if you've spent any time with WordPress at all, you're familiar with a lot of the things that you can do in this Appearance menu as well as some of the things that are often offered by the theme itself. If we scroll down here towards the bottom, you'll see there's this theme options menu and it has a number of different options for customization. But sometimes we need to take that customization a little bit further and jump into the files of the theme itself and you can do that from the Appearance menu by going to the editor. In here, you'll find a list of all of the files within this particular theme and there are some sub folders as well and we can go into these files and make changes to them here. The problem with changing these files, though is that you will never be able to upgrade your theme without losing all of your changes, because when you upgrade your theme, all of your files are going to be overwritten with all of the new theme files. And that's why we're going to talk about child themes. A child theme is basically a way to take an existing theme and create kind of a branched theme off of it and then we can make all of the changes we want to that new branched theme without ever touching the files for the actual parent theme. Then for our child theme, we can go through and edit all of the files that we want, without having to worry about these issue with upgrading your parent theme. You can upgrade your parent theme to the next version. And you might still have to make some small changes here and there in your child theme, but at least you won't lose the changes that you've already made. So over the next few lessons, we're gonna take a look at how we can create a child theme and how we can use that theme to customize our blog to our heart's content. So thank you for watching, and I'll see you in the next lesson.