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The problem with Theme Customizer and Child Themes

iampuneet.com | Apr. 25, 2015 | 3 min read

Losing options when switching to a child theme is the topic at hand. I suppose the solution is to not set options on the parent to begin with, but I can see the point being made.

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Ben Sibley

An update to core for this is being discussed here: core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/27177

Child themes need to be able to support different options from their parent themes, but I agree it would be easier if the child theme defaulted to the parent theme's settings on activation.

For now, this amazing plugin makes the process of re-doing the settings take just a few seconds: wordpress.org/plugins/customizer-export-import/

Donna Cavalier

I like that plugin as well. Another option could be to simply include a checkbox and let the user choose to use the parent settings or not. I know, I know. Decisions rather than options. But it's something to consider.

Josh Pollock

The customizer can use anything for saving, not just theme_mods. It can save in options, meta, custom tables, remote data stores via an API...