According to our recent WordPress Themes Survey, 85% of our customers customize their themes, and only 35% use a child theme when doing so. This may be due to a lack of understanding as to what a child theme is, or due to the perceived difficulty of creating one. In this tutorial, we will go over how to create and use child themes, and why using them is so important. (A special note for Elegant Themes customers only: If you are only looking to perform simple CSS changes to your theme, then you can use the Custom CSS box in ePanel instead of creating a child theme. For more in-depth changes that require editing php files, a child theme must be used.)

Source: How To Create A Child Theme, And Why You Should Be Using One

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