Another "theme update" question

  • wilddoktor


    Well, I haven’t been here in quite a while! But I’m back now because I updated Graphene from 1.5.6 to 1.8.1 this morning, and this evening I’m still trying to recover. 🙁

    Background is: I’m running my site from a child theme, based (of course) on Graphene 1.5.6. As far as I can recall, I’ve not touched the parent theme files; all mods have been made in the child theme files. So I figured all should go well, right?

    I made a complete site backup, just in case…and I’m glad I did! I updated wordpress to 3.4.2, and all went well, but then I updated Graphene to 1.8.1, and a *bunch* of changes happened.

    Here’s a “before” (v1.5.6) screenshot; here’s an “after” (v1.8.1) screenshot, with arrows pointing to all the changes.

    I’m a little perplexed at the amount of changes that happened. Does this mean that I modified the main theme rather than the child theme?

    I’m just not sure where to start troubleshooting. I reverted back to 1.5.6; if I never upgrade, will it be ok? Or are all these changes easily fixable?



    Ok; maybe I should start with a specific example. 🙂

    Graphene 1.8.1 style.CSS:

    body {
    background: url(images/bg_g.png) repeat #000 fixed;
    color: #2c2b2b;
    font: normal 12px arial;
    line-height: 18px;
    position: relative;

    My Child Theme style.CSS:

    body {

    font: normal 13px/20px Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;


    When I upgraded, the font went back to 12px arial; my child theme didn’t override. Unsure why?



    graphene 1.8.1 has a lot of additions and improvements since 1.5.6

    if I were you I’d just go ahead with the upgrade since your modifications aren’t too many.

    in this case, add !important

    body {

    font: normal 13px/20px Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important;


    If you are going to upgrade, I suggest you deactivate the child theme first so you can see exactly

    what the difference is between the default theme’s appearance and when your child them is activated.



    Thanks ronangelo! Not sure I’m willing to upgrade at this point. I’ve spent a lot of unpaid hours on this site, and it seems like upgrading will only add to those hours. I’m a super newb at wordpress, and stuff that takes the “knowledgeable” WP’er about 10 seconds to figure out takes me about 6 hours. So I’m looking at each red arrow on my “after” picture as about 6 hours worth of work for me. Let’s see…6 * 6 = roughly 9,000hrs, right?? 🙂

    On the other hand, I could look at it as training, I suppose…



    …and you can always ask for help here 🙂



    Ok then; I broke down. 🙂 I copied my site to another folder, then upgraded the copy. I’ve spent most of the day trying to figure things out; looks like several .names in the parent theme got changed (at least, the ones I modified…figures!).

    Now I’m stuck on the slider. I’ve lost the button, it’s wider, and I’m unsure how to stretch the photos to fill it.

    Compare the two: v1.5.6 and v1.8.1

    Help? My mind is mush at this point… 🙂

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