Support » Theme: Iconic One » Can I update the site without updating the theme?

  • Resolved michelleomo

    (@michelleomo)


    Hi,

    I am helping out a friend who hasn’t had anyone touch his site in a few years.
    I want to go in there and give it a bit of a facelift and optimize it for SEO.
    I went to install Yoast SEO but it said it wouldn’t install because the site isn’t updated. Right now it is using WordPress 3.8.25 version and running Iconic One theme.

    However, apparently the theme has some customizations and a child theme was not created. I know just enough about this stuff to sound smart but I cannot tell what the customizations are nor do I know how to create a child theme (and if it’s too late to do so at this point). And I know if I update the theme, all of the customizations are going to go away.

    I read a bunch of stuff about updating the theme without losing the customization but it only made my brain spin. I don’t want to break anything in the theme if I update the site but I also don’t know how to ensure the customizations stay put during the update. So I’m in a bit of a conundrum.

    Is it possible to update the site without updating the theme? And if not, is there an easy step-by-step how-to guide for dummies (emphasis) on how to update a theme that has been customized without losing the customization.

    I would really appreciate your help!

    The page I need help with: [log in to see the link]

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  • Hi
    Nomather how you do it, you should start with a backup, if you use the free https://wordpress.org/plugins/duplicator/ you will be safe!

    Now, the most safe way, will be to install you Duplicator file on a new supdomain! This way, you will not make danger to the online version, then here try to update the WP and after that the Theme and other plugins.

    If you run into problems, you can refer to the online/unchanged version and find the differences.

    About Yoast, you should first export the SEO settings from SEO Ultimate, or else you will loose all meta titels and describtion. After installing Yoast you can import these and keep the meta.
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    When working on your subdomain:
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    Loose this plugin and do it manually: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/open-external-links-in-a-new-window/

    Maybee it will be the right time to change for https:// at the same time. Most hostings, approve of the free https://letsencrypt.org/ certificat

    Happy working 😉

    LOL – And dont forget to make a child theme on the new site ;-D

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