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[resolved] Still seeing update notice for twentyeleven theme even though it's not installed (9 posts)

  1. Treebeard
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    This is not a major issue (I think?) but even after deleting the default twentyten and twentyeleven themes from the server, I'm still seeing an Update notice in the admin.

    It just says :

    You have version installed. Update to 1.4.

    I can't update it anyway, because the files are not on the server, so what is causing this message to appear? It's only happening on one WP installation (I've installed countless WP sites) and I've double checked the files, there is only my custom theme and the index.php file in the /themes directory.

    Thanks!

  2. Treebeard
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    So I clicked on the Update link and it actually updated - installed twentyeleven in the /themes directory, and now it shows again as an available theme, under Appearance / Themes, which it didn't before.

    I clicked the Delete link again, so hopefully this won't happen again in the future. Still not sure what happened though, I guess it didn't delete properly before.

  3. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Never, ever, delete the default theme (currently Twenty Eleven). Access to an unedited version of the theme is vital when dealing with a range of site issues. Re-upload a fresh copy.

  4. Treebeard
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I don't edit the default theme, I custom code from scratch, so that theme has nothing to do with my wp sites at all.

  5. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    You still need a copy of it.

  6. Treebeard
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    According to Theme Housekeeping here: http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Housekeeping it's advised that you delete any old / unused themes, which is the main reason why I always delete the default themes after I launch a site. It's bad for a theme to go without being updated, and I've seen websites get hacked because of old themes that are stored on the server, and not in use, mainly the default themes. The hosting provider will also take the site down until updates are completed, so it's not wise to keep the default theme unless you're actually using it for something.

  7. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    it's advised that you delete any old / unused themes

    That does not mean the default theme as well. I'll have a look at that page and see if I can modify the text to clarify this.

    It's bad for a theme to go without being updated

    The default theme is always updated regularly. It is the one theme that you can trust absolutely.

  8. Treebeard
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I still haven't gotten a straight answer from you though. WHY? What is the purpose of keeping the default theme installed? Do you even know? Or is that just something you heard somewhere?

    RE: The default theme is always updated regularly.

    I think you misunderstood what I was trying to say - what I mean is that the client does not update these themes. Themes do not update themselves! A human has to manually update them, otherwise the site runs a huge risk of being hacked.

    So if you do have an answer, I'm willing to hear it, but I have been deleting the default theme for years now, and I've never had any issues. Can you tell me what I might see if I delete the theme? Honestly, I've been working with WP for years now, and I have yet to see any issues from deleting the default theme.

  9. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I answered that above:

    Access to an unedited version of the theme is vital when dealing with a range of site issues.

    If you screw your theme up and bring your site down, switching you over to Twenty Eleven manually is the only way we can get you back in again.

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