February 17, 2015 at 3:28 pm #51873
I have been preparing the launch of a new website using the Adventurous template, and was recently prompted to updgade to version 1.5.
Of course, this came with the following statement: “Any customisations you have made to theme files will be lost. Please consider using child themes for modifications.”
I now understand that it would be advisable to create a child theme. However, I’m a novice user of WP and have already made numerous custom (cosmetic) changes to the parent folder (menus, headers, content, etc) using the tools under the Appearance tab.
I would greatly appreciate it if somebody could explain the ramifications of updating my theme… Will I indeed lose all of the work so far, or does this only apply to more in-depth ‘customisations’? If so, how easy is it to create a child theme based on my modified parent theme? Are there any step-by-step guides available? Would it be easier to simply take screengrabs/print out the current format and start from scratch?
Many thanks for your time.February 17, 2015 at 10:07 pm #51886SakinKeymaster
@Intergame: All changes you have made from Appearance except from Editor is good. So, don’t worry about it. You can just update.
All the changes from “Appearance => Editor” or in adventurous folder is not safe. As when you update the theme, all the files inside adventurous folder will be reverted back to original.February 17, 2015 at 10:36 pm #51887
Ah, thanks so much for the quick response – I held my breath and clicked ‘update’, and everything seems to be exactly the same.
So I guess a child theme is only relevant when you start to get into the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the code?
Thanks again for your help, and thanks for the great theme, Catch Themes.February 18, 2015 at 1:07 am #51898SakinKeymaster
@Intergame: Yes you are right. Child theme is needed when you want to edit the theme in code level. Like customizing functions.php, page.php file and so on.February 18, 2015 at 2:10 pm #51928
@Sakin: Thanks for taking the time to help me out.
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