I’ve read several articles about the use of child themes on this site and other places but I still have some questions.
1. I just started a blog and don’t yet have any plans for any serious customizations, but I also don’t know what I don’t know and may want to do things to my site in the future. Should I be using the GP blank child theme?
2. Are there any downsides to using a child theme?
3. I’m currently using the child theme because I was worried about a WordPress update changing the way my site looks. Will/does everything function exactly the same as not using a child theme in terms of customizing the site, functionality, etc?
4. Is there any scenario where it’s better to NOT use a child theme? If not, then why isn’t using a child theme more prominently recommended or standard out of the box?
I’m just trying to figure out if I should be using a child theme or not.
As always, thanks Leo! One more question. I added the Google Analytics code before installing the child theme, do I need to redo anything or will it still work? It looks like the hook element I added is still in tact so I’m assuming I’m good to go.