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  1. d4dsign
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hello,

    Recently, I have seen that WordPress recommends that I update to the newest version: 3.3.2. If I copy all the files from my FTP, update WordPress, but see that I have lost a few things, if I place those copied folders back into the FTP, will my WordPress go back to the old version? Or will it still stay at 3.3.2? Also, I am using the TwentyTen theme, but I have almost no idea how to use a child theme (even though I have one). Even though there are multiple tutorials, I do not have the resources or the knowledge to know which codes to copy in order to save them. If I copy my FTP files before the update and then place them back into the FTP after the update, will my changes to my site be saved?
    Thank you for any help!

  2. Krishna
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    What is your URL?

  3. Once you've updated WordPress, wordPress will have installed new files in the root, wp-admin and wp-includes. Nothing in the wp-content folder should have been touched, so you only need to backup your wp-content folder. If you re-upload your old wp-admin, wp-includes and root files, then you'll go back to the old version, so don't do that.

    If you are using TwentyTen, but don't have a child theme, and have made changes to TwentyTen, then those changes will be lost if you upgrade the theme. NOT wordPress. The WordPress version upgrade is totally different from the theme update.

  4. d4dsign
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thank you Christine. So if I update WordPress, my theme will NOT be touched? Ex. backgrounds will not be changed? What will change however?

  5. Krishna
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Before updating make your current theme (by renaming as TwentyTen Child) a child theme. Then you will not lose the backgrounds, etc.

  6. d4dsign
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thank you Krishna. I do have a child theme in place. However, do I just need to have one or do I have to place code into it in order for it to save my edits?

  7. Krishna
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Can you post your site URL here so that I can tell you what exactly you have to do.

  8. d4dsign
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

  9. Krishna
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    It does not look like a child theme. Do you have this theme named TwentyTen Child in your theme directory?

  10. d4dsign
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    It is the one that is activated, but I have not made any changes to my site while the child theme was activated. Someone made the child theme for me, but I have no idea how to use it...

  11. Krishna
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Is your directory structure like this?

    WordPress directory structure:

    site_root (www)
    wp-content
    themes (directory where all themes are)
    twentyeleven (directory of our example parent theme, Twenty Eleven)
    twentyeleven-child (directory of our child theme; can be named anything)
    style.css (required file in a child theme; must be named style.css)

    You can read it here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes

  12. Krishna
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Yes, it is a child theme. You have it here:
    http://www.d4dsign.com/wp-content/themes/twenty ten-child/

  13. d4dsign
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    That link doesn't work for me, and how did you find that out?

  14. Krishna
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Login at your host, and look at your hosting FTP panel. WP is at the root. Click on wp-content where you will find it.

  15. d4dsign
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    How did you figure out that it is a child theme?

  16. Krishna
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Did you not find it?

  17. d4dsign
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Yes, it is like that.

  18. Krishna
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Well, that is it. Now you need to upgrade to 3.4. You can do that without fear of losing anything. But make a backup of your contents and database before doing anything. You are using a very old version of WP. Look for instructions if you do not know how to upgrade. OK? Anything more?

  19. d4dsign
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Okay, thank you! Yes, two questions. Does my spreadsheet need to have any coding in it? I also need to update WordPress itself. Would this update affect my theme?

  20. d4dsign
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I'm sorry, I meant stylesheet.

  21. Krishna
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I don't think you have a style sheet at present, though I have not checked it up. The parent theme seems to be directly edited and renamed as child. Anyway, updating will not affect your theme, as it is now. OK?

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