Tagged: child theme
August 2, 2014 at 2:54 pm #116709
I feel dumb asking this question. I’ve worked quite a bit with the awesome eleven40 theme, but it’s been a while since I first installed it and went through the initial setup steps.
Since then I wandered over to another theme site and am now exclusively focused on Genesis and Studiopress.
I recall having to create a child theme, but because of some hosting changes and having to rebuild my site, I’m not seeing any child theme folders. Which has me wondering if I’m just getting tangled up a bit.
I’ve just installed a fresh copy of Genesis and eleven40 on my mom’s website. Before I get to work it occurred to me that this may not be a child theme out of the box, even though Genesis is referred to as the parent theme.
I’m having a major duh moment.
Are the files I’m seeing in the WP editor ready-to-go child files? I only need to create new child files for ones that aren’t already there, correct?
Geesh.August 2, 2014 at 3:18 pm #116713
I can’t say what you see in your WP Editor, but the Studiopress themes are in deed child themes to be used with the Genesis Framework. You should see the framework in the themes area, i.e., Appearance > Themes. And if you have eleven40 in there – that’s the child theme. Any others that are not marked specifically as Genesis or Child Theme might be questionable because we cannot see those. You can create your own child theme from scratch if you want, or use the Sample Child Theme or start with one of the Studiopress themes and then customize it to your liking. There are other Genesis Themes by third party developers as well.August 2, 2014 at 3:24 pm #116715
I did some browsing on the Studiopress site, and they do say the professional themes for sale are child themes.
But I was still kind of confused. So if I go to the editor in my dashboard and make changes to the functions or CSS file, those are child files? Any changes I make there won’t be compromised when a theme update comes along?August 2, 2014 at 3:30 pm #116716
If you have the child theme activated and you make changes to those files, the framework remains in tact. Now, I am not sure if you remember this or not – but the Pro themes are a bit different. If you have eleven40 for example – is it the version “before” eleven40 Pro? Because… eleven40 Pro is somewhat different than the non-Pro version so if you made customizations to *your* version and wanted to upgrade to the Pro version – you’d have to make all of your changes again as the Pro version is a new theme and not technically an upgrade.
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August 2, 2014 at 3:34 pm #116717
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Huh, I had no clue about that.
I logged into my account today and download a fresh copy of eleven40. I didn’t realize it now has a new name.
In my downloads on my account it does say eleven40 Pro. I just now checked. That’s what I downloaded and installed today. So I’m starting fresh with that one.
For my other site, though, it’s out of date. If I click an update link in my dashboard, will it update to eleven40 Pro?
Thanks!August 2, 2014 at 3:36 pm #116720
No that update you see is probably to update the Genesis Framework to the current version. It will not update the theme. Again, the Pro is not an update – it’s basically like a new theme. If you install it and activate it – it will not look like your customized version of eleven40 (the non-Pro version). If you made customizations like changed colors, fonts, font sizes, etc., you’d have to do them all over again.August 2, 2014 at 3:36 pm #116721
I’ve done so much customization that it seems I could have gone with the Genesis framework and created my own child theme. At the time I didn’t understand how that works.
It may help save some money as I create more sites.August 2, 2014 at 3:38 pm #116722
It says eleven40 Pro in the downloads section with a recent update of July.
That’s the theme that installed in WordPress today. But I think I see what you’re saying. The concern would be with the original eleven40 theme I installed early last year, right?August 2, 2014 at 3:40 pm #116723
Yes, whatever edits and customizations you did to the one from last year will not transfer over when you activate the Pro version.August 2, 2014 at 3:41 pm #116724
Whew, got it. Good to know.
I’ll make sure I do a backup before tackling the other site with the older version. Thanks for explaining this to me. I wouldn’t have known otherwise.August 2, 2014 at 3:50 pm #116725
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