I figured out how to make child themes for wordpress. For the longest time I didn’t know they existed. What it allows you to do is take and existing theme and customize it to your liking (like removing the comments block at the bottom of the pages). When the parent theme gets updated you don’t lose all of your modifications and everything continues to work.
It is fairly easy to do. Just create a fold in the themes folder and create a style.css file with a specific header referencing the parent theme. Any changes you make to the style.css will overwrite the parent styles. To update files just copy them to the folder and make your changes.