The Polygon Documentation

Customization

In this section, you will learn how to activate a Child Theme.

While customizing your theme, you will make many changes. However, we always recommend you NEVER make changes to core files because each time a theme update is released, your changes will be over-written and you’ll have to start all over again.

For this reason, we’ve included a Child Theme identical to The Polygon Parent theme which allows you to make changes without risks that your hard work and customizations will be overwritten.

The Child Theme must be activated via FTP. Here you can see how:

First, open your FTP files. If you’ve forgotten how to do this, just follow the instructions in Step One, Item #7b of this manual to understand how to get to your FTP files.

Find your The Polygon Shop folder and double-click on it to find WP-Admin, WP-Content, WP-Includes.
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Now, double-click on “WP-Content”, then double-click on “Themes” to find The Polygon folder:
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Now, double-click to open “The Polygon”. Inside you'll find “the-polygon-child” theme: drag and drop the-polygon-child folder to your desktop.
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Now, click on the GREEN “BACK” BUTTON on your FTP browser.
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You should be back and see this:
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Drag the child-theme from your desktop and drop it to your FTP files.
CAREFUL! Be sure that you DON’T DROP THE FOLDER INTO ANY OTHER FOLDER already there. The child-theme should stand alone, as you can see in the following image:
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CLOSE YOUR FTP FILES, go to your WordPress Admin panel, click on “Themes”, and see The Polygon-Child as a theme option:
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ACTIVATE YOUR The Polygon CHILD THEME by clicking on it: it will appear in the top of the page as your “current theme”. Then, click on “Activate” button.