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When and Why Do I Need to Use a Child Theme with DMS?

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Hi! I have done a ton of sites with DMS. A client (who is very happy with her site) just had another developer look at the site I created for her and was shocked that I had not used a Child Theme. She got an earful about it. I have been doing sites for clients without using a Child Theme. Is there a problem with this? Should I be using a Child Theme with DMS? 

If I do need to be using a child theme is there an easy way to take what I have created and turn it into a Child Theme?

If you guys think I am good to go as I have been doing things, anyone have a thoughtful response on how I can explain things to my client?

Thanks for your input! Feeling like I should already know this stuff. Thought it was more a matter of preference than best practice, but maybe I am wrong!?


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 I found this page and have done a lot of other reading tonight. http://docs.pagelines.com/customize/how-to-customize

It looks like since I am only customizing CSS all of my customizations are update safe. Any ideas on how to explain this to my client or other thoughts on the matter?

**I do not customize any theme files. I only use DMS as is with custom CSS for appearance modifications. 


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Hi Jenna

Please, you can take a look to 

Wordpress said in this

There are a few reasons why you would want to use a child theme:

  • If you modify a theme directly and it is updated, then your modifications may be lost. By using a child theme you will ensure that your modifications are preserved.
  • Using a child theme can speed up development time. 
  • Using a child theme is a great way to to learn about WordPress theme development.

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