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Updates erase customizations! (8 posts)

  1. EclipseDesignConcepts
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I'm very frustrated right now. I am in the middle of building out a site using the business lite theme. Twice now an update was available and when I ran it, it completely reset all of the customizations I had previously made. This is costing me tons of time. Can someone please explain why this is and what I can do, outside of not running possibly essential updates, without having this happen again?

    Thanks!

    http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/business-lite/

  2. Digest WP
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hello,

    Are you updating the theme or the WordPress install when things get reverted?

    If you are installing new update of WP try changing the folder of you theme so that it doesn't overwrite things. I know this is an issue with Twenty Ten theme.

    If you are updating the theme and its reverting things your only choice may be to back up things before updating, then re adding the custom code to the updated theme.

  3. EclipseDesignConcepts
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    It is happening when I update the theme :( WP updates seem to go fine. Gah! That's what I was afraid of. Sigh. Oh well. I guess I'll have to learn to live with it for the time being.

    Thanks for the answer!

  4. Digest WP
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    No prob, also I was looking around. Maybe this will help with your manual updates in the future.

    http://cyberchimps.com/forum-topic/reinstall-2-1-2-business-lite/

    If I see anything better I will let you know!

  5. Digest WP
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Or couldn't you just create a child theme?

  6. dahntheman
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    use a child theme http://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes and my advice when using wordpress backup your SQL file prior to ANY update. Alternatively if you are a newbie just disable the updates http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/disable-wordpress-theme-updates/ (highly un-recommended)

  7. WPPluginPro
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks for the solution, i was facing a similar problem for BandeLal that got solved after reading through the discussion here.

  8. Sallie Goetsch
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Theme updates always overwrite any changes you make to theme files. That's the way updates work.

    They should not overwrite changes you make in your theme options, but if there is a way to back up theme options, it doesn't hurt to do that. (Take a screenshot, if nothing else.)

    Depending on how much customization you've been doing, you have a couple of different ways to avoid having to repeat your changes every time there is a theme update.

    First, as a couple of others have mentioned, is to make a child theme. This is what you will need to do if you have made any changes to the functions.php file or to any page templates. Child themes were invented specifically to avoid the overwrite problem. (Well, and to make it easy to build new themes that were a lot like old ones.)

    The second is to use a Custom CSS plugin. If all you are changing is the stylesheet, then you can use something like the Custom CSS feature in Jetpack to make the changes, without having to create a whole child theme. (But save your own copy of that CSS in a text file somewhere, just to be safe.) If you are not using other features from Jetpack, find a different plugin for custom CSS, or just write an additional stylesheet and then summon it in the header. (You will need to replace that link and possibly re-upload the stylesheet after upgrades.)

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