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]One issue with Genesis child themes is that style and script customisations are generally made direct to the theme files. This means that updating your theme to a newer version will overwrite your customisations.
Thankfully, there is a way to make theme customisation both simple and safe. Create independent ‘user-‘ files to handle your customised code, which can be removed from the theme folder before updating and subsequently replaced. These files generally include:
1) a user-functions.php file to store any custom PHP functions;
2) a user-jquery.js file to store any custom jQuery scripts; and
3) a user-style.css file to store any custom CSS styles.