I have conundrum of a job request. Client is using ver 2.6.5.(Theme = Massive News Theme created by Jason Schuller, WPelements.com) Currently, I need to add analytics and the Google verify statement, xml sitemap download and All-In-One SEO. I suggested to the client that we upgrade to the latest release of WP because I didn't see where we could automatically install plugins and do the update. This site is being hosted by the client's brother - not sure if it is a hosting company or just someone's basement.
Here is the response from the webhost when asked for the FTP account information in order to perform the upgrade:
an upgrade would be good. do i want to do it? no. biggest reason is that your theme will most likely break or portions of it will when the upgrade takes place.
You will have to port over the databases - what you currently have to a new one as well.
My concern is if I back up the installation and database; then do the upgrade via FTP and reinstall the database - what are the chances of the theme breaking and me not being able to reinstall the original version?
I guess that I would like to know that I have a source of support to turn to, just in case I need it. I am not familiar with the actual code in WP.
To do the upgrade or just install what I need to and move on? What would you do? Any volunteers for supporting me in this endeavor?