[Resolved] Child theme best practice – should I still use simple css and code snippets?

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  • #1292629
    Cleo

    I fear this has been asked before but there are so many results for child-theme related questions that I’m loath to sift through them all.

    I need to create an alternative archive page to display custom post types and was planning to copy and modify the archive.php file (along with other required files). I believe a child theme would be the best solution for this since you can’t really add entire PHP files with the Code Snippets plugin.

    Once I create a child theme and add these PHP pages, should I stick with that model – customizing my CSS and PHP in the child theme’s style.css and functions.php files? Or, is it a better idea to do as much customization within the admin interface using simple.css (or custom CSS) and Code Snippets.

    It seems like there are a lot of options for customization, so I’m looking for best practices or good reasons to pick an approach and stick with it.

    #1292852
    David
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    Customer Support

    Hi there,

    as you will be requiring a Child Theme for your modified archive.php i would keep all my styles and functions in the Child Theme.

    Its better they are in one place as this will reduce the chance of annoying conflicts 🙂

    #1320808
    Cleo

    I ended up creating custom post types with plugin: CPT UI. Then using the Content Aware plugin to create a sidebar that would be used only on the custom post type archive page. That replaced the need for me to create a “custom post type” archive.php file. I may end up going back and doing that to reduce my reliance on plugins.

    #1321626
    David
    Staff
    Customer Support

    Glad to hear you found a working solution

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