Hey Liz. Great to have you with us!
I moved away from an M1.7 Multi-Store (3) website last year, which utilised 3 separate themes. Let’s just say, I’m glad I’m only working on an M2 Single-Store setup now. I do believe that the Multi-Store setup for M2 should be a little easier now depending on how exactly you want to set it up.
Ultimo is by Infortis who also make Fortis. I’ve tried both themes and I agree, the documentation and settings are pretty good compared to a majority of other options out there. They’re definitely worth the small price to pay in the long run.
Yeah, SSH can be pretty intimidating. You don’t really need to use it in M2, but completing some backend tasks like Indexing and Upgrading is far quicker in my opinion - Especially during development. I also use it a lot to quickly find file names or specific code in files using the
grep command. I’ve got a series planned on SSH in the near future, which I’m hoping makes a good reference point for people who need an introduction or refresh their memory. I’m glad you found the search results tip of use, it catches most people out.
Last year, I had to build a child theme for M2 Porto. I then stripped it down and shared it with a member of the community in the same boat as yourself. I’ll link it here if you want to reverse engineer it for your purposes. I might cover it in more depth via a video soon as this seems to be a hurdle for most. Let me know if you’re still struggling and I’ll find some time to build an Ultimo one this weekend.
Again, it’s great to have you with us. Feel free to use this site to ask questions, share what you’ve learned or simply vent your frustration