Child theme modifications not showing up
I’m starting to learn plugin development using the PACKT book, “WordPress Web Application Development” 2nd edition and the first project is a question/answer interface. I build, installed and successfully activated the plugin built from the example code. The next piece is modifications to the theme. Rather than modifying the actual theme, I decided to try using a child theme following the directions in the codex. On my laptop, I’m running a local copy of a WordPress installation I manage for a Unitarian Universalist congregation. The theme developed for UU Congregations is uua-congregation, so I created a folder called uua-congregation-child in wp-content/themes. I added a styles.css file and literally just copied the header comment from the production version, and that’s all. Then I created a functions.php file just using the wp-enqueue-scripts example from the codex to load parent style sheets. The instructions in the codex at least imply that WordPress will execute the functions.php found in uua-congregation-child rather than the script by the same name in uua-congregation. I brought the local website up with just those changes and everything looked fine. But then I decided to test my assumptions so I went into the child functions.php and made deliberate mistakes. I deliberately changed the function name mh_theme_enqueue_styles() to mhy_theme_enqueue_styles() and changed the name of the parent style sheet and I expected to see errors, either an intentionally WordPress generated error message or at least have garbage presented when I went back again to bring up the website. But, instead everything was fine. It appears to be totally ignoring the child theme. Am I missing something in my understanding? What might be going on?
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