Support » Fixing WordPress » Between Rock & Hard Place…Safely make a child theme after site is complete?

  • I know…I’ve heeded all the warnings and when starting a site, I do make a child-theme before doing anything else.

    But I’ve been handed a job that is 3/4 complete, theme files and .css files have all been adjusted, and I’m petrified that my client’s client will update one day and lose everything. I’ve made numerous other changes too (under a tight deadline) to get the site to the point of going live. (And, yes, I’ve warned my client, but he is unconcerned)

    I have no idea which and how many files were worked on or added from the original before me, and do not have contact with the previous designer. This site is over 40 pages, with more than 10 plugins.

    Is there a relatively easy (haha) way to make a child theme with the completed site without comparing each and every file for the differences? Or starting all over again? They’ve spent 8 months on this already!

    Thank you in advance for any suggestions or direction.

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  • The number of pages and plugins is irrelevant to your problem. Pages are stored in the database, and plugins are fine unless the previous designer modified them too.

    Unfortunately there’s no easy way to get a child theme out of a modified theme, but there are programs which make it very simple to compare differences in files.

    For now, keep a backup of the working theme, in case your client updates the theme and overwrites everything.

    Thank you fonglh,

    Thought as much. Hoped there would be an easier way I didn’t know about.

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