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CUSTOMIZING GENESIS – A QUESTION OF ‘BEST PRACTICE’
Some time ago, I stumbled upon on a YouTube video entitled “How to Safely Customize Your Genesis Child Theme”, in which Katrinah (katrinah.com) explained how to customize Genesis child themes using secondary custom files to protect customizations from theme updates.
As a fellow Genesis user and third-party developer, I saw Katrinah’s tutorial as a helpful resource for the Genesis community. However, I recently happened upon the video again to find the original content removed and several comments taking issue with adding secondary files over editing theme files directly. StudioPress support also weighed in, stating that Best Practice is to edit theme files directly because Genesis child themes do not get updated.
Well, this might be true of StudioPress themes. However, many Genesis child themes DO get updated, in particular themes from third-party developers which integrate frequently-updated plugins (e.g. WooCommerce). And, plugin updates often necessitate theme updates.
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