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About Child Themes ,Parent Themes, and Updates (18 posts)

  1. evenme
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    It has been recommended to not make any changes to the parent themes b/c when they are updated, one may lose their work. What I want to know is when the parent themes are updated, should you also update the child theme, too.

    Also, in bluehost it was recommended that I upgrade my wordpress from 3.1 to another version. They stated that disabling all plugins is necessary to have a successful upgrade. This can become an inconvenience after a while, disabling then reactivating plugins. I had to reformat several plugins after the update. Is there a better way of upgrading your wordpress version? Does one HAVE to upgrade? Does one have to disable the plugins. Thank

    Lots of questions, but you all can handle it :)

  2. Lot's of questions? *cracks knuckles*

    What I want to know is when the parent themes are updated, should you also update the child theme, too.

    That depends on what you've changed in your child theme.

    If it's just CSS in your child theme's style.css, then odds are you'll never have to worry about it. CSS is cool like that. ;)

    If you've made copies of the parent theme files such as sidebar.php, then when an update occurs to the parent theme, you should check your copy against the parent copy. That way if it's really a critical update, you'll be fine also.

    Please be aware that if you're a little clever then you don't need to modify parent theme file copies. With CSS, add_action(), add_filter() in a child theme functions.php file there's often a way to make your changes without editing any copies of the parent theme.

    Also, in bluehost it was recommended

    That's a good host and their mostly right. :) disabling plugins is not a hard requirement but it can help make for a smooth upgrade.

    I've never had to deactivate plugins or switch themes for any of my upgrades. But I keep really good backups and can restore the whole magilla to just last night if I have to.

    Unless your WordPress installation is doing something goofy (using a poorly coded or dated plugin or theme), upgrading to the latest and greatest is not a bad idea. And deactivating your plugins and switching to the Twenty Eleven theme can make that a very smooth upgrade.

    BUT even with that, backup your files and database and educate yourself on how to restore both. Sometimes unintended Bad Things™ happen and good off server backups are a great safety net.

    http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Backups
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Backing_Up_Your_Database
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Restoring_Your_Database_From_Backup

    That way even if the upgrade is a complete disaster you can put it all back the way it was.

    Does one HAVE to upgrade?

    It's recommended but it's really up to you. It's easier for us other volunteers to provide support when someone with a problem is running a current version.

  3. evenme
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    OH EM GEE! Thanks for answering!

    I have another question- I can't find my rss feed in my child theme stylesheet. When I hit control F, and search for rss or feed, I can't find it. What should I do?

  4. Your RSS link isn't defined in your theme. Depending on if you use fancy permalinks or not, it will be either http://your-wordpress-url/?feed=rss2 or http://your-wordpress-url/feed/.

    You read up on RSS feeds in the Codex at this link.

    http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Feeds#Finding_Your_Feed_URL

  5. evenme
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thank you all soooo much!

  6. evenme
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I don't know what the problem is.

    I've tried finding my rss feed with the info provided above, but I am not having any luck.

    I have been trying to get an icon from bloglovin, but when they ask for my blog name, they say they can't find it, so I went to a feed validator and here's what it says:

    Sorry

    This feed does not validate.

    Server returned HTTP Error 404: Not Found

    What could be the reason?

  7. I'm not sure. On my Crash Test Dummy install I have fancy permalinks turned on. I just checked, for me it's just http://test-install-url/feed/ and that's it.

    When you view the HTML source of your WordPress installation, look for

    <link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml"

    If it's there in the HTML source, then the link will be right after that.

    Can you share the link to your installation? That would be the easiest way to solve it. :)

  8. evenme
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Yes, I will try to find it. I am still pretty wet behind the ears with all this terminology.

    Where would I find the installation link?

    I went into my dashboard and noticed an option for permalinks. I saw several and I typed those into feed validator with no luck.

    I just tried your link to test my url and it didn't work. I know I am doing something wrong.

    I really appreciate your help and I hate that I don't understand a lot of this stuff now. *sigh*

  9. bh_WP_fan
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Can you share the link to your installation? That would be the easiest way to solve it. :)

    What is your website/URL/domain name?

  10. evenme
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

  11. evenme
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Ugh!!!

    Also, I noticed that when you visit my blog from other computers, my graphics are not displayed as they are when I visit.

    I know it maybe that other computers need to upgrade their browser, but this may pose a problem for my viewers if they go to my site, see errors, but go to other blogs/websites and theirs show fine.

    When you visit my blog, can you tell me if you see the menu bars in an aqua color? Thanks

  12. Not sure about the aqua color, but your RSS feed is http://www.sistavoyage.com/?feed=rss2 but it looks like it is broken and producing 404 errors just like you said.

    Are you running any plugins that could be interfering with the feed?

  13. bh_WP_fan
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    You have no posts at http://www.sistavoyage.com/ ... there's just a 404 page.
    When going to http://www.sistavoyage.com/?feed=rss2 I see only the Page not found error from http://www.sistavoyage.com/

    Try setting your home page and blog page using the Settings > Reading option in your WordPress admin dashboard, then make a post or two for your blog, then try http://www.sistavoyage.com/?feed=rss2 again and see what shows on it.

  14. evenme
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Okay. I will do what you all have suggested.

    How else does one enhance their blog if they don't use plug ins and widgets? I thought these items were what everyone uses and is the way to go?

    I am running several plugins on my blog because I am not that familiar with css.

    My posts aren't showing because I haven't 'released' it yet. My content is private until I show the world, but I will open one of my posts to see what happens.

  15. How else does one enhance their blog if they don't use plug ins and widgets? I thought these items were what everyone uses and is the way to go?

    And that's correct too, plugins enhance WordPress and provide additional functionality. The plugins are probably fine.

    The feed issue is that there are no posts to put into the feed. I just made my posts on my Crash Test Dummy WordPress installation draft (not published) and I got a 404 not found on my feed URL.

    Short answer: your RSS feed is fine and will work when you have some posts to share via that feed. :)

  16. evenme
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! Oh my! I am validated now, lol!!!

    Okay, another question. Why is it that on some browsers, one can see the enhancements and on others they can't?

    Jan, you said you weren't sure about the aqua color in my menu bar, but I can see it. What do you think could be the problem?

  17. When you visit my blog, can you tell me if you see the menu bars in an aqua color? Thanks

    I do see them in Aqua color on Firefox but in Internet Explorer 9 it's a black bar.

    It's the CSS and that's isn't really my strong suit. IE problems can be tricky (thanks Microsoft). Check with that child theme author for that menu, it's probably the easiest way to sort that out.

  18. evenme
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thanks so much. I got the menu from a youtuber.

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