One of the first things I do when setting up a WordPress site, after I have settled on the theme is:
Create a Child Theme!
This preserves-protects customizations made through and after Theme updates.
I like using this WordPress plugin. When using the WordPress builtin Customizer is not enough – Create a child theme from your installed themes and customize styles, templates, functions and more with this plugin.
These are some of the benefit of using a child theme in WordPress.
Preserves Customizations: When you use a child theme, you can customize your website without altering the original theme’s files. This means that even if the parent theme gets updated, your modifications will remain intact. Without a child theme, any updates to the parent theme could overwrite your custom changes.
Ease of Updates: The parent theme can be updated without worry because all customizations are safely stored in the child theme. This means you can keep the parent theme up-to-date with its latest security patches and feature updates.
Safer Editing: It’s less risky to mess around with a child theme. If something goes wrong, you can just disable the child theme and the site will revert back to the original parent theme. You don’t risk breaking your whole site by editing the core files of the theme.
Learning and Experimentation: A child theme is an excellent way to learn more about WordPress theme development. You can see how the parent theme’s code works and experiment with different changes, without the risk of ruining your site.
Faster Development: Since the child theme inherits all the functionality and styling of the parent theme, you only need to write code for the features you want to change or add. This makes it quicker and easier to create a custom website.
Efficiency: Child themes allow you to reuse the functionality of the parent theme for multiple websites. This can be very efficient if you’re a developer building many sites, as you don’t have to start from scratch each time.
Maintenance: Maintaining a child theme is easier than maintaining a standalone custom theme. With a child theme, you only need to worry about the files you’ve changed or added, making it simpler to manage in the long run.