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Migrating Parent to Child Theme Customizer Settings

A child theme ensures that your code-level customizations are kept safe and not overwritten during the theme update process. If you think you might need to make code-level customizations in the future, it’s best to make use of a child theme from the beginning of your WordPress site’s development. In this tutorial, we’ll look at what happens to your Customizer settings when switching to a child theme late in the development process and how to quickly resolve the problem using Customizer Export/Import.

Customizer Settings and Your Activated Theme

Customizer settings are safely stored in the database with each theme storing its own collection of settings. Just as with any other theme, a child theme has its own collection of settings stored in the database. When switching from your parent theme to a child theme for the first time, your Customizer settings will reset to their default values. This is no problem if you’re installing a child theme at the start of your site’s development. However, if you’ve already set up menus, backgrounds and a long list of theme settings, this is a big time waster.

Migrating Customizer Settings from the Parent to a Child Theme

Go to PluginsAdd New, search for and install Customizer Export/Import plugin.

With your parent theme activated go to CustomizeExport/Import. Click the Export button which will download a .dat file to your desktop or downloads folder.

Assuming your child theme has already been installed, go to AppearanceThemes or AppearanceCustomize and activate it.

With your child theme activated, go to CustomizeExport/Import, under the Import heading, click the Choose File button, select the .dat file you downloaded in step two, enable the import images option and click Import.

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  1. 3 months, 2 days ago Andrew Misplon Hi, I Work Here

    Thanks for reading. If you have any questions or feedback, please let us know.

  2. 1 month, 25 days ago jeffrey bigley

    Andrew. I am going crazy. I am a premium buyer. I upgraded because I enjoyed using site builder. Now I have this crazy block navigation menu I hate. I do not know what happened but, before I trash it all and buy something else I wanted to reach out to you. I need my classic view back. Please help me!! I am sorry this is support. I will do almost anything to get this fixed. I looked all over the forum and did not find anything.

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    Jeff Bigley

    • 1 month, 25 days ago Andrew Misplon Hi, I Work Here

      Hi Jeff, I replied to your email shortly after it arrived. Perhaps check your Spam folder. Please, install the Classic Editor plugin. All should be well.

  3. 1 month, 25 days ago jeffrey bigley

    Andrew

    I looked in junk, trash and spam. I see nothing. Could you send me to the link for classic view? I can not find this plugin on your site.

    Thanks

    • 1 month, 25 days ago Andrew Misplon Hi, I Work Here

      Hi Jeff, if you go to Plugins > Add New and use the search form “classic editor”, you’ll find it. The plugin page can be found here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/classic-editor/. I’m not sure why emails aren’t arriving. Sorry to hear that.

  4. 1 month, 25 days ago jeffrey bigley

    You're the man. It works. My sincere thanks

    • 1 month, 25 days ago Andrew Misplon Hi, I Work Here

      Super, really glad to hear you’re making progress.

      I’m not quite sure how to manage support questions moving forward. If you have another email address, you could perhaps try emailing from that. Alternatively, you could post on the forum https://siteorigin.com/thread and mention you’re a premium user but don’t include your license key as it’s a public forum. I go through the new threads daily and would jump you to the top of the queue if you posted. Those are the two ideas I can think of for the moment.

      Cheers for now :)

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