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Editing Templates: Dangerous For Beginners? (3 posts)

  1. twedigteam
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Not exactly a support question, but hopefully someone out there can expose some WP wisdom:

    I've recently [today] become familiar with the whole parent/child theme process and am comfortable editing stylistically this way. While I'm OK on the HTML/CSS front, I have no PHP knowledge.

    My question: how does everyone/is there a way to back up changes to .php files in the same fashion a child .css overrides the parent .css? I find this method to be simple and secure. The project I am working on is inevitably going to require some minor PHP hacks and I am (at the moment) uncomfortable with performing without the security of reverting to an earlier "save" or "version".

    P.S. any suggestions on a good starting point to learning PHP? Is it worth the time? I've started WP 3 weeks ago and am really keen on learning the in's and out's.

    Thanks!!!

  2. Read through this Codex page on Child Themes, in particular the section on Template Files.

    Templates in a child theme behave just like style.css, in that they override their namesakes from the parent. A child theme can override any parental template by simply using a file with the same name. (Note: index.php can only be overriden in WordPress 3.0 and newer.)

    Again, this WordPress feature allows modifying the templates of a parent theme without actually editing them, so that modifications are preserved when the parent theme is updated.

  3. twedigteam
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Awesome, thanks!!!

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