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Ok I found the problem was multi-part, but a large part was rookie mistake. The permissions on the bootstrap files I had included in the child-theme were not set correctly. They returned a 403 forbidden error when trying to enqueue. I didn't realize it because the parent bootstrap files were still being enqueued. It wasn't until I deregistered the parent ...


get_template_directory_uri always returns the parent theme's URI. From the docs: In the event a child theme is being used, the parent theme directory URI will be returned You probably want get_stylesheet_directory_uri. add_action('wp_enqueue_scripts', 'wpse174502_styles', PHP_INT_MAX); function wpse174502_styles() { ...


On the front end you can use whatever JS/CSS framework you like. You can use bootstrap if you wish but there is no inherent advantage from the wordpress development POV for using bootstrap over other frameworks.

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