The new blogging trend is letting your readers know how long a post will take them to read. You can easily add read time to a post using a plugin. But, there are just too many blog posts and tutorials out there that give you a plugin solution when you really need a PHP solution. Adding too many plugins to your site can slow it down and introduce security hazards. So, whenever possible, you should do your own coding or hire a developer for a longer-term solution.
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In this article, you will:
- Learn why you need to use a child theme
- Edit your theme files
- Add reading time using PHP
WordPress guidelines for creating child themes.
Basically, child themes are the safest way to edit your theme files and retain the changes you’ve made.