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I use W3 Total Cache, Cloudflare (and CloudFront for media files). I use a Child Theme to customize specifically for my site while maintaining the core theme with the parent theme.

Whenever I update the Parent Theme, the changes are not reflected while the Child Theme is the Active Theme.

However, if I re-upload or update the Child Theme's Style.css, it does reflect the new changes. I'm guessing it's the cache.

What do I do, so I don't have to worry about the Child Theme when the updates are with the Parent Theme (while I continue to have the Child Theme as my Active Theme)?

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    Is there a reason you are using the W3TC plugin while you are still designing the site because the plugin itself suggests to use it once you are completely done with the designing – Maruti Mohanty Jan 22 '14 at 18:34
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You could use the file modification time (filemtime) to trigger a reload (and recache) of the file.

This is how I usually enqueue styles (and scripts):

$file = '/css/some-styles.css';
wp_enqueue_style(
    'some-styles',
    get_stylesheet_directory_uri().$file,
    array('some-dependency'),
    filemtime(get_stylesheet_directory().$file)
);

This results in something like the following:

<link rel='stylesheet' id='some-styles-css'
    href='.../css/some-styles.css?ver=1388657898' type='text/css' media='all' />

You would have to do this for both the parent and the child theme, though.

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