The visual aspect (design) of your website is achieved through the use of a WordPress theme and child theme. So, what exactly is a ‘theme’?
How a theme interacts with other elements of WordPress
Themes are one of the three components that make up a WordPress website.
- WordPress itself (sometimes referred to as WordPress Core) provides the engine and database behind the site.
- Plugins provide the functionality on your website, such as forms, portfolios and e-commerce.
- Finally, themes give your website its look and feel. Think of the theme as the skin of your site, or the layer you see on the outside, which is often referred to as the front end of a website.
What is a Child Theme?
When you install a theme, you should always install and activate a child theme too. A child theme is a theme that builds upon another theme, called the parent theme.
Child themes allow you to modify, or add to the code of a parent theme. A child theme is the best, safest, and easiest way to modify an existing theme, whether you want to make just one tiny change or completely overhaul it. When you use a child theme, you must ensure that the parent theme is installed on your site.