Updating wordpress theme Vidiochats
What's the best way to update your Word Press website if it features any customizations without losing them? I vividly remember how I was concerned - read terrified - when I had no idea how updates and customizations work together.Are you worried that some update might wipe out all your freshly deployed new features from your custom plugin? Let's put an expiry date to your concern, shall we? As you might know, the power of code is that it can be edited and customized to address any of your business needs.If you haven't already, you'll need some of this custom work in your Word Press life eventually. A child theme works as a layer on top of your current Word Press theme, from which it inherits its functionalities, and allows you to make customizations without impacting your theme.When a new update is rolled out, if the work has been performed by a professional Word Press developer, you can safely upgrade your parent theme and keep taking advantage of all the customizations bundled with your child theme.Word Press developer and Codeable expert Daniel Klose explains: Your child theme 'stores' all of your customizations so that, when the theme provider releases a newer version of the theme you're using, that parent theme can safely be upgraded but the custom functionality you're using will remain in place. While updating parent themes is simple, updating child themes isn't as easy as that.
To avoid this hassle, the best practice your developer should follow is to pack all the customizations you need into a custom plugin which will then be installed on the premium child theme rather than applying them to its file by directly editing them. Following this approach puts the edits in a separate "place" that can easily be taken apart, the premium child theme can then be updated (if needed) and the changes can be then applied back to it by installing such custom plugin.
Even with updating plugins, though, there's a catch. Well, that could be a hassle you could have prevented by choosing a quality plugin in the first place (or a better developer).
In fact, if it isn't possible to deploy a plugin customization through action and/or filters, the only other option available is just going off the road and ignore best practices.
So it's better to know what the best practice looks like to both prevent the loss of your customization and/or understand whether the developer is a good one.
When it comes to updating Word Press plugins with custom or extended functionality, you should be aware that the process is quite different.