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WordPress Genesis Framework Foundations Configuring a Genesis Child Theme Setting Up a More Complex Child Theme

Question about child themes with Genesis

I've just bought the Genesis framework and the Altitude Pro theme. I'm a little confused as to the protocol with how to use the Altitude theme.

Am I meant to make a child theme of it, or do I just make my code changes and customisations to the actual theme?

All my WP instincts would say make a child theme, but everyone seems to be referring to these premium themes from StudioPro as child themes.

3 Answers

Jessica McGinn
Jessica McGinn
11,378 Points

Edit your child theme, you'll always have a copy available as you can download it from Studiopress.

I always make sure that I take back-up of my theme files every now and then so that when I make a mistake I can revert it.

It depends how much you're doing but if I'm doing a week's project then I'll do back-ups from live am, back-ups from live pm etc.

Most of the time I do those edits on my local machine using MAMP first and then upload it at stages where I'm happy, making sure that I save the development files and take a backup of the live files before I do an upload.

Just be organised and take a minute to back things up, a lot. Alternatively there are things like GIT to do versioning but you have to have pretty good knowledge of servers to set these things up which I don't so I do it my own way :)


Jessica McGinn
Jessica McGinn
11,378 Points

Hi Nick, the Altitude Pro Theme is a child theme for Genesis so it should include everything that would make it a child theme automatically. You should be able to install and activate it and it be as simple as that :)


Thanks Jessica.

What if you're wanting to then edit that child theme? Do you make a child of the child? Or just edit the child?