How a WordPress Child Theme works.

The David Theme┬áis a what they call in theme development circles, a parent theme that acts as a framework to build other themes upon. You can use a parent theme on it’s own or with any one of it’s child themes.

A WordPress child theme is a theme that inherits the functionality of another theme, called the parent theme, and allows you to modify, or add to, the functionality of that parent theme.

Basically how it works is that you install the Parent Theme and add a different looks by installing and activating a child theme. The parent theme will work on it’s own, but a child theme requires the parent theme to function.

You, the end user benefit with:

  • Rock-solid code for your site that is continually being updated and refined.
  • Developers can churn out child themes more quickly, so the end user gets more choices.
  • You can easily skin your site with new looks.
  • Building a community around one framework offers more ideas and neat things for the end user to work with.

What is WordPress?
WordPress is an open source CMS, often used as a blog publishing application powered by PHP and MySQL. It has many features including a plugin architecture and a templating system. Used by over 12% of the 1,000,000 biggest websites, WordPress is the most popular CMS in use today. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WordPress

Yeah, so that explanation probably doesn’t mean a lot to you. In layman terms WordPress is an application that is installed on a hosting server, that provides users an interface where they can create and maintain content for a website.

What is a CMS?
A web content management system is a software system that provides website authoring, collaboration, and administration tools designed to allow users with little knowledge of web programming languages or markup languages to create and manage website content with relative ease. A robust CMS provides the foundation for collaboration, offering users the ability to manage documents and output for multiple author editing and participation. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_content_management_system

Okay, so WordPress is great for all types of authoring etc, but I just want a website.
What does this all mean?

Simply put it means that you can have a website to show your artwork, which you can manage yourself, with out having to know HTML code? There is a Blog available if you want to use it, but you don’t have to.

What is HTML code?
HyperText Markup Language (HTML) is the main markup language for web pages. HTML elements are the basic building-blocks of web pages.

HTML is written in the form of HTML elements consisting of tags enclosed in angle brackets (like <html>), within the web page content. HTML tags most commonly come in pairs like <h1> and </h1>, although some tags, known as empty elements, are unpaired, for example <img>. The first tag in a pair is the start tag, the second tag is the end tag (they are also called opening tags and closing tags). In between these tags web designers can add text, tags, comments and other types of text-based content.
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTML

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