[wp-hackers] Grandchild themes

Mike Schinkel mikeschinkel at newclarity.net
Tue Jun 7 19:09:34 UTC 2011

On Jun 7, 2011, at 8:40 AM, Nathan Rice wrote:
> I can't speak for other companies, but we at StudioPress rarely update child
> themes, and never really recommend you "upgrade" them. Genesis is the
> framework, and you're never supposed to edit that. But child themes are
> meant to be edited. Usually, child themes are very simple, mostly just CSS
> tweaks, and the registration of a few widget areas, etc. There are
> exceptions, and we're working on a solution for those, but for the most
> part, you're safe just editing the child theme directly.

Something to consider: we decided against actively using Genesis because of this issue.  

I view it as a best practice not to modify other's packaged code (themes, plugins, core, etc..) Further, modifying a child theme means that we can't see our isolated changes separate from the shipped child theme.

Because of these issues we decided we can't use Genesis. Instead we use other themes where we can create a child theme of our own.

Take that as one market research data point. FWIW.


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