Child theme, plugins, menu

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  • #3014506

    kimdebruijn
    Member

    Hi guys,

    I’m playing around with WP – learning how it works: themes, plugins, the editor and so on – and got some questions.

    Editing a style sheet through Dashboard: Display: Editor: is it best to activate a child theme of the main theme (with this tutorial) and edit the css of the child theme or can I just activate the main theme and edit the style sheet that way. Of course I have a backup of the original .css file but I would like the css changes I make to stay in place with future theme and wp updates.

    What would be a good guideline to decide when to use a child theme and when not, for example: anytime you would like to make .css/.php changes to the original theme?

    About using plugins: how reliable are they when it comes to being compatible and updated with future WP updates? Some plugins, if they’re not updated, can be more easily replaced with some other plugin with the same functionality but some plugins (for example Page builder or menu plugins) take a big place in the totality of your blog, so if they’re not updated and can’t be replaced with a similar plugin, a big part of your blog goes lost and maybe even has to be rebuild in a way.

    About making a menu: at the moment I use pages as a menu. But what about using categories in the menu, or both? Does anyone has any thoughts and ideas about that, maybe a preference?

    I got no practical experience with above questions so I really would like to have some input from people who have been around the block, sort of speak. Thank you in advance.

    #3014609

    stefbarz
    Staff

    Hi there!

    Can you confirm what blog do you need help with? I am asking because from the questions you are asking (and tutorial you posted) it looks like you need help with a self-hosted WordPress.org. These forums are for sites hosted on WordPress.com. They are two different things :).

    For information on the differences between the two, check this support page here:

    https://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    If this is the case, you can visit this site for the relevant support:

    https://wordpress.org/support/

    Also, you can find all the documentation for WordPress.org (lessons, troubleshooting, etc.) here:

    https://codex.wordpress.org/Main_Page

    Hope this helps!

    #3014614

    kimdebruijn
    Member

    Hi Stefbarz,

    My blog ends on wordpress.com but it’s set on private.

    At the moment I’am playing around on a local host (Xampp). I have installed several bitnami modules in there, including WP.

    I’m not planning to host it myself. I just want to figure out how it all works, get a better grasp on it, before I do anything life published.

    Also, need to figure out what it is I want to share. But that’s a different matter ;)

    #3014623

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    @kimdebruijn Thank for that info.

    These community forums provide support for sites hosted on WordPressdotcom. If you have questions about a local host install or a hosted WP install, then you’ll want to use the resources that @stefbarz pointed you to. The best place to start is the com-vs-org guide. :) Cheers.

    #3014630

    kimdebruijn
    Member

    Hi Justjennifer,

    Even though I’am playing around on a local host, I’m planning to take everything I learn from that to my WordPressdotcom site (I don’t want to leave that forever on private just till I’m good and ready to go). That’s the whole reason I play around on a local host and hence my questions.

    At first the answers I got didn’t make any sense to me because I ask for a wp .com site. But I just looked at my blog/dashboard settings (not the local one) and I notice, the option I have in my locally hosted blog to edit the style sheet within the Dashboard: Display: Editor settings, is not available in my real blog. I was under the impression the options I have in my locally hosted blog would be the same as my real blog (since they are both wordpress.com) but they are not.

    Is this the reason I got the answers I got?

    PS. My display name is not showing here. I don’t want to show the name that is currently showing (which is not my display name). Do you know how to change that?

    #3014634

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    Hello again,

    My display name is not showing here.

    Your account name is what shows in the forums. That can’t be changed.

    I was under the impression the options I have in my locally hosted blog would be the same as my real blog (since they are both wordpress.com) but they are not.

    WordPressdotcom tries to keep things simple for users and is not the same as what you see in a local host install. For example, CSS editing is only available to users on the Premium or Business plan upgrades.

    Take a moment to read the guide on the differences between WordPressdotcom and WordPress.org and things will become clearer.
    https://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    If you have more questions after that, let us know.

    #3014644

    kimdebruijn
    Member

    Hi again ;)

    and is not the same as what you see in a local host install.

    Yeah, I just figured that out. My mistake.

    Take a moment to read the guide on the differences between WordPressdotcom and WordPress.org and things will become clearer. https://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    Bookmarked! It makes sense now for me why you re-direct me here. Local host acts the same as a wp .org and not wp .com. Or something among those lines (haven’t read it completely yet, can you tell ;) ). I was so hang up on me also having a wp .com blog, I forgot to consider that what I’am doing now is HOST it locally before doing anything life on my actual, hosted by WP, .com blog. With this in mind, I need to re-think the whole “I’m not planning to host it myself.” possibility. I like those options I’m using locally now but letting it host by WP, I can see the plus sides of that too.

    Thank you and take care.

    #3014648

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    You’re welcome and good luck no matter where you set up. :)

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