Another "theme update" question

  • wilddoktor

    #5657

    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?

    wilddoktor

    #32414

    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?

    ronangelo

    #32415

    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.

    wilddoktor

    #32416

    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…

    ronangelo

    #32417

    …and you can always ask for help here 🙂

    wilddoktor

    #32418

    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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