~Just the Facts~


written by Divi Dude

The mere idea of a child theme seems to strike the most fear into the casual WordPress theme user. I admit, I sat in a corner shaking and trembling when I first heard that I should add a child theme too. But you know what? You don’t have to be afraid. Because setting up a child theme to use with Divi is as easy as downloading a plugin and doing a few easy steps. For this Divi tutorial, I am going to use the plugin Child Theme Configurator. And while this is not a specific Divi plugin, I have found this free plugin works great with the Divi WordPress theme. So I use it.

Before we discuss the how, let’s discuss the why of why to use a child theme. Every time Divi updates with a new upgrade, it overwrites its files. So if you have made any custom changes to your files, such as social_icons.php or functions.php, then these changes will be overwritten. But when you create a child theme, then these files will not be overwritten when you make custom changes to your Divi site. So essentially you can update your theme without losing your customizations.

The how is pretty straight forward. I created a video that shows you how to do it.

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