A child theme in WordPress is small, light-weight “add-on” theme that inherits all the styling and functionality of another theme, called the “parent theme” in this case. You can create a child theme for any theme in WordPress.
Child themes are used when you want to make changes to a site without actually changing the code or the files in your original theme. This lets you update your original theme (which is the engine behind the child theme) without losing any changes you made to your site.
In this post we’ll go over how to create a child theme and also give a rundown of 5 common scenarios for when you’d want to use a child theme.
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