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Basic questions about creating Child Theme (6 posts)

  1. midlife mama
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Total newbie here with not a lot of "tech smarts" but I have some basic questions about creating a child theme.

    I have a blog up and running--it does well but I want to tweak the design. I've uploaded Instant WordPress on my computer and have created a child theme folder and css style sheet in that folder and have activated the theme locally. All good.

    Now, here come the questions:
    Do I need to import my current blog to my locally-hosted blog? That would make sense from a design standpoint but since it may take me weeks to finish a new design, what do I do when I want to update the live blog? Do I need to import the live blog each time to my locally-hosted blog?

    Or,
    Do I tweak fonts, colors, header, and so forth locally and then simply move the css style folder to my live theme folder?

    What are the pros and cons? What am I missing? As you can see, I'm very unsure of where to go from here!

    As always, truly grateful for your wisdom and advice!

  2. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Do I need to import my current blog to my locally-hosted blog?

    Not necessarily. If you want to download some sample content to play with, try using the Theme Unit test data

    what do I do when I want to update the live blog?

    Once work on your new child theme is complete, zip the theme's folder and upload it to your site like any other theme.

    Do I tweak fonts, colors, header, and so forth locally and then simply move the css style folder to my live theme folder?

    Absolutely not. A child theme is a completely separate theme.

  3. midlife mama
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks esmi!

    When I say tweak fonts etc. I meant do redesign locally in the child's theme css style sheet. I thought that's what you're supposed to do, no?

  4. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    You make change in the child's stylesheet, yes but you do not upload this file to the parent (live) theme's folder.

  5. midlife mama
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    OK, I don't mean to be dense but where do you then upload the child theme css style sheet? To wp-content, then theme folder via FTP (not the parent theme folder)?

  6. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Once work on your new child theme is complete, zip the child theme's folder and upload it to your site like any other theme.

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