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How to get your saved color schemes into your Childishly Simple theme

There are three ways to get saved color schemes into your Childishly Simple theme.

 

Method 1

This is the easiest and safest method if you don’t know much about websites. Download a free child theme. Unzip it. Open the folder ‘colorschemes’. Paste your color scheme into one of the files in that folder e.g. color-scheme-11.php. Zip the child theme. Go to ‘Appearance / Themes’ and upload the child theme. Activate it and then select ‘Color scheme 11’. Your website now has that color scheme. Select ‘Choose your own colors’ and you can then delete or deactivate the child theme.

 

Method 2

Log into your site. In the left sidebar find ‘Appearance’, click on it and then click ‘Themes’. Now go back to ‘Appearance’ and click on ‘Editor’. You’ll see a list of all your theme files on the right-hand side. Click on the color scheme file you want (e.g. color-scheme-01.php) and paste your code into it. If you’re not allowed to make changes (it’ll tell you near the bottom of the page ‘You need to make this file writable before you can save your changes’) you need to change file permissions. If changing file permissions isn’t working ask your host to change them for you or better still learn to use FTP (it’s easy).

Now go back to the options page (‘Appearance / Chidlishly Simple options’) and select your color scheme e.g. Color scheme 01. Check that everything’s worked. Now change the color scheme to ‘Choose your own colors’. This makes everything safe.

If you upgrade the theme then ‘Color Scheme 01’ will be overwritten with blank information but it won’t affect your site.

 

Method 3

FTP. This is all about opening up files on your website and uploading files TO your website. To do this you need some FTP software such as Filezilla (free). There’s a tutorial with pictures here about Filezilla and you can download it here (you should download ‘Filezilla client’).

You’ll need to have the following – your ‘host’ or site name (e.g. mybrilliantsite.com), username (ask the people who host your website for that) and your password (FTP password, again ask the people who host your website).  Enter these details  into the boxes at the top of the programme then press ‘Quickconnect”. Various folders on your website will then appear. Click on ‘public-html’ and then navigate to where you want. You can then open those files (usually right click and ‘open’ or something similar) or one of the windows in the FTP programme will show your computer files and you can find one and upload it. Again, there’s a tutorial with pictures here

If you’re using the ‘Childishly Simple’ theme and want to upload a color scheme this means clicking on something like public-html /mybrilliantsite.com/ wp-content/ themes/ childishly-simple/ colorschemes.  Find the file you want e.g. ‘color-scheme-01.php’. Right click and then click on ‘View/Edit’. You can then paste in the contents of your color scheme (that you copied from the bottom of the options page) and save it. Or you can just upload a copy of  ‘color-scheme-01.php’ from your computer that contains your saved color scheme.

Now go back to the options page (‘Appearance / Chidlishly Simple options’) and select your color scheme e.g. Color scheme 01. Check that everything’s worked. Now change the color scheme to ‘Choose your own colors’. This makes everything safe.

If you upgrade the theme then ‘Color Scheme 01’ will be overwritten with blank information but it won’t affect your site.

 

Child Theme

Method 2 and method 3 didn’t use child themes. However if you don’t want to repeat the steps in method 2 and method 3 every time you upgrade you should install a free child theme

Child themes are nearly blank themes which you upload like a normal theme (‘Appearance / Themes’) and then activate. Anything that you save in a child theme is protected from being overwritten when the main theme (either ‘Childishly Simple’ or ‘Childishly Simple Premium‘) is upgraded.

 

Tip: you can spend a long time changing the colors in your theme, save everything and then find that nothing’s changed. I still do that. The answer is that you have to select ‘Choose your own colors’.


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