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  1. rob33
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I just upgraded from 1.9.3 think it was to latest...and

    1. All 16 srp widgets i had set up for various niches completely disappeared so have to start from scratch again - good half days work

    2 When i set up again title goes beneath thumb not to right of image which looks bad..any explanation?

    How to reinstal old version - have a link?

    Example: http://exhilarateme.com/joint-care/joint-care-pages/acupuncture-for-osteoarthritis/ of new upgrade (there were 20 plus more id's on just this one niche completely vanished

    NOTE - reverted back to 1.9.3 - have to start again which i would have had to anyway but title goes to right of image with a nice line under each thumb>

    BE CAREFUL upgrading as you might lose all your original srp setups.

  2. suzyoo
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Rob33, OMG I feel your pain! You need to know that with every upgrade to every piece of software EVER...you must make a separate style sheet or use a child theme to save your customizations.

    Look into it so you know what it's about, will save you lots of time and misery!

  3. ferdmaster
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi suzyoo,

    could you maybe explain very quickly how I can male sure that my customizations for SRP or any other plugin is not deleted when I upgrade WordPress? I keep reading that I would have to copy the "plugin templates into my theme directory". But I'm not quite sure how to do this! I haven't updated WordPress in a while now for that reason...

  4. suzyoo
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi ferd. you can make a separate css style sheet, OR use a child theme and add the customizations in there.

    a child theme basically consists of two parts, a css stylesheet and a functions.php file.

    think of them as two pieces of paper on which you've written all of the changes you've made to your site.

    then, when "core" files are updated (upgrades and updates to plugins, for example) you have the changes that YOU have made in a separate place, and the upgrade/update doesn't touch those customizations/changes, because they're in a completely different place.

    does this make sense?

  5. ferdmaster
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi there, yes it makes sense, thanks. I do have a child theme for my Pagelines theme I am using. So how excatly do I do it? When I login to my FTP-server I see

    wp-content/themes/platformbase/style.css (this is my customized child theme stylesheet, I get that)

    and then there is
    wp-content/plugins/special-recent-posts/css/css-front.css (which I changed through the plugin editor)

    Do I have to copy css-front.css into my child theme folder, for example I create wp-content/themes/platformbase/plugins/special-recent-posts/css/css-front.css?

  6. suzyoo
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    ferd, do you have the "pagelines customize" plugin installed?

  7. ferdmaster
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    No, I don't. I just downloaded it. Do you know, by any chance, if it's compatible with the old Pagelines themes such as Platform Pro which I am using? Should I install the plugin?

  8. ferdmaster
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I just saw on the Pagelines website that for the plugin to work "PageLines Framework version 2" is a requirement which I don't have. Any other suggestions?

  9. suzyoo
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    sure. are you using the base theme, or the pagelines theme?

  10. ferdmaster
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    It's PlatformPro and the child theme is called PlatformBase, they don't sell it anymore since they introduced this new Pagelines Framework Store...

  11. suzyoo
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    yes, but you still have platform base, right?

  12. ferdmaster
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Yes I do, I also installed the plugin. Can't find it anywhere in the backend though. What can I do with it now? Thanks for your help, really appreciate it!

  13. suzyoo
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    is it under Appearance > Editor?

  14. ferdmaster
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

  15. ferdmaster
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I don't have it at "Appearances", only at "Plugins"

  16. suzyoo
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    YAHOO! okay, open 'customize styles.css' (you'll see it at the top right.)

    this is where you put the customizations for SRPs.

    copy and paste this in there just before you add your customizations:

    /*----------SPECIAL RECENT POSTS CUSTOM.-----------*/

    and then put this at the END of those customizations:

    /*----------END SPECIAL RECENT POSTS CUSTOM.-----------*/

    i'm not going anywhere. :--)

  17. ferdmaster
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Alright...

  18. suzyoo
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    oh, and ferd, LEAVE ALL OF WHAT IS ALREADY WRITTEN in the form as it is. leave it there. do not delete it. and add the /*----------SPECIAL RECENT POSTS CUSTOM.---*/ a few lines down from that writing.

  19. ferdmaster
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    ok I did that. Now...?

  20. suzyoo
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    now, you have some code that you wrote to customize SRPs, is that right?

  21. ferdmaster
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    that's correct. although I don't really remember which lines I changed. :-)
    I'll just copy the whole content of special-recent-posts/css/css-front.css in here to make sure, right?

    I also have a plugin called "Event organiser" and I changed some of its .php files through the editor. Where do I put these customizations. In pagelines-customize/functions.php??

  22. suzyoo
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    yes, you can copy the entire css-front.css in there. in the future, just put the changes in this area, and leave the css file that's on your server intact.

    it would be good for you to have the original css-front on your server. you should get a copy of this and then compare it to the one that you have changed. put the changes only into the child theme.

    this is a bit of work, but it's a good way to learn. you see, you can use SRP in many different ways, so you should have the original css in there.

    i can post the original css-front for you, if you would like to have it.

  23. ferdmaster
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    "i can post the original css-front for you, if you would like to have it."

    Oh, that would be great!

    And what about my question regarding the other plugin and the php filesß Does it work the same way?

  24. suzyoo
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

  25. suzyoo
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    well, you should have enough to do for now. i can see that you've asked the question on the pagelines forum. go back and edit it to ask the question about the php, because i don't have the answer!

    don't just throw things willy-nilly into functions php, that can create a real mess.

    i hope i've helped you!

  26. suzyoo
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    oh, and i'll be here all night in case you need any help w the css customization.

  27. ferdmaster
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks very much for everything suzyoo, you were a great help! I don't think I'll be sitting much longer tonight since in Europe it is already 1:37 in the morning! :-) Thanks again!

  28. suzyoo
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    you're welcome! i am signed up to get notifications of this post by mail, so if you have questions tomorrow, just ask! gute nacht!

  29. ehong33234
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Great feedback suzyoo! I too had to learn this the hard way years ago.

    Perhaps it's a little harsh to rate the plugin so low based on this. Every plugin, widget, theme, etc., overwrites CORE changes you make.

  30. suzyoo
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks, ehong! But, I think you didn't read the whole thread. We didn't rate Special Recent Posts, but, since you mentioned it, here goes:

    Special Recent Posts is absolutely one of the best plugins I've ever seen. I love it and I use it extensively. I recommend to anybody running WordPress.

    There we go!

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