Child theme vs Jetpack vs Canvas/general settings/custom css

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    Thanks for another great video tutorial – this time CSS for Beginners. It has helped crystalise a few things I’ve been wondering about for a while.

    I’ve been using bits of CSS but putting them either in a child theme that I created myself (very inexpertly) or in the Custom CSS box under General Settings. The last time I updated Canvas I was faced with a mess. So,
    1. if you put your CSS into the Custom CSS box in general settings, does it get over-written when Canvas is updated?
    2. what is the main purpose of this box?
    3. does using Jetpack give exactly the same result as using a child theme? and
    4. can I simply put all of my custom CSS into the Jetpack style sheet & forget the other 2?

    Thanks again for your help.( My family thinks I’m mad when I watch your tutorials & then try to implement the ideas instead of watching TV at night. My dogs recognise sanity when they see it though.)

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    Jamie Marsland
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    Hi Margaret,

    Thanks for the feedback on the CSS tutorial :)

    Those are great questions…here are some answers!

    1) Yes I believe putting CSS in Canvas will get overiden when you update the theme (i’m not 100% sure because i don’t do it this way)

    2) It’s an easy way to put your custom css into (but not the best)

    3) Yes Jetpack works in the same way as a child theme – but Jetpack is restricted to only CSS whereas in a child theme you could add custom php and other customisations.

    4) Yes if you are only modifying CSS then Jetpack is a good solution and you can forget about the other 2.

    Working on WordPress is always more fun that watching TV :)

    Onwards and upwards,
    jamie

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