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A non developers guide to creating a child theme

For those looking to make programmatic changes to their site, or add CSS styling it’s strongly encouraged to not make any such changes directly into your active WordPress theme. Make changes to your active theme directly can result in the following:

  • Changes being overwritten with any theme updates
  • Your website going down if you happen to misplace code
  • Things not working as expected
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OceanWP – Making it AMP compatible with almost zero development work

For good reason one of the most popular WordPress theme based on total downloads is Ocean WP. This is the go to theme for many site owners, it looks great out of the box, it’s fast and is highly customisable. It’s also made in Ireland, just like me, and based in Limerick city, just like WP Engines Irish operation.

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Restricting widgets to selected URLs, pages or posts

If you don’t have access to your site via FTP, if you prefer not to create your own WordPress templates or you don’t know how to register new widget positions (also known as sidebars) there are other ways to ensure you can easily restrict widgets to particular pages, posts or taxonomies on your site. It can be achieved with the use of some easy to use plugins.

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