Customizing Winter Solstice Theme

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  • #3060413

    Hi All,

    Newbie here.

    Winter Solstice is a child theme of parent theme “Twenty Seventeen”.

    Does that mean that I can make my css edits to “Winter Solstice” directly without worrying about losing them if updates occur? I installed Child Themify plugin but it won’t let me pick “Winter Solstice”, only 2017, 2016 and 2015 as parents. I suppose that’s because Winter Solstice is already a child theme?

    Also, I’ve come to conclude from watching more than a few YT vids that editing CSS directly in the editor is best way to customize? Or are there all-in-one plugins that can really help? I tried SiteOrigins CSS and it was a bit dodgy.

    Thanks much for any help/tips!
    – S

    #3060633

    allykmyta
    Staff

    Hi @oilfortheupwardcall,

    If you are using a child theme, that means you likely have a self-hosted WordPress.ORG site.

    This is a public forum which provides support only for the sites hosted on WordPress.COM.

    You can seek help for WordPress.org sites here: https://wordpress.org/support/

    Also – please know that you might need an account to post on self-hosted WordPress forums. You can create one here. https://login.wordpress.org/register

    You can read the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org here: https://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    Thank you!

    #3060634

    allykmyta
    Staff

    Whoops! Forgot to mention –

    Alternatively, if you currently have a Business plan with WordPress.COM you are able to create a child theme.

    If you are WordPress.com Business plan owner, could you please also include your site URL?

    https://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/uploading-setting-up-custom-themes/child-themes/

    Cheers!

    #3060710

    kathrynwp
    Staff

    To answer your questions directly:

    Does that mean that I can make my css edits to “Winter Solstice” directly without worrying about losing them if updates occur?

    No. If Winter Solstice is a child theme that you downloaded from WordPress.org or somewhere else that provides updates, if you make changes to it directly, they will be lost every time you update Winter Solstice.

    I installed Child Themify plugin but it won’t let me pick “Winter Solstice”, only 2017, 2016 and 2015 as parents. I suppose that’s because Winter Solstice is already a child theme?

    That’s correct.

    Also, I’ve come to conclude from watching more than a few YT vids that editing CSS directly in the editor is best way to customize? Or are there all-in-one plugins that can really help? I tried SiteOrigins CSS and it was a bit dodgy.

    I would suggest using the built-in Additional CSS panel in the Customizer if you want to make CSS changes to a child theme.

    If you need further help with your self-hosted site, do post over in the WordPress.org forums, as AllyKM mentioned. These ones are for folks hosted here on WordPress.com

    #3060723

    Thank you Kathy and Ally, appreciate your replies.

    #3060724

    kathrynwp
    Staff

    My pleasure.

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