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Clearing Customization of Twenty Twelve Theme

  • I downloaded twentytwelve for new site I have under construction. Unfortunately, I forgot to make a child theme, and started customizing right away on twentytwelve parent.

    I decided that I’d better make a child theme (after I had already customized the parent), and customize the child theme instead, to avoid updates messing up my customization. I followed WP Codex coding to create child team in C-Panel. When I activated the child, it did not take on the style of twentytwelve. I cleared browser cache, deleted my WP Super Cache plug-in, deleted my customized twentytwelve theme, deleted the twentytwelve child theme that hadn’t taken up the style, deleted the child’s style.css file, and started over, from scratch.

    However, when I installed a fresh copy of the twentytwelve theme (after all of the purging/deletions), it showed up on my site with all of the previous customizations still intact (even though the caches were emptied)! How do I “clear” the customizations that somehow my WP or C-Panel is remembering from my previous twentytwelve parent installation? Note: I have read the WP Forum notes re others not being able to get the style.css to work for the child, but this is different, I suspect, because I don’t seem to be able to shake off the original customization, and I think that the previously customized twentytwelve parent (which was deleted) must still be in memory somewhere and affecting the creation of a clean, stylized child theme?

    I am new to this, would appreciate any help. Thanks very much. My site is messy since I am early in the very early stages of “under construction”, but if it helps I can take off the “cloak”.

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  • I’ve had that happen after I delete a theme too, but only if I install the same theme. it still shows the same template files for a while. Neve sure why.

    It doesn’t happen often. But when it does, I find if I delete the folder myself from the server, it clears it.

    Thanks, deepbevel – I tried the same as you — I deleted the File (style.css for the child theme), and I also deleted the new Folder that I had created in Themes/WP-content – that did not solve problem.

    I have thought of using Firebug to edit my non-clearing customized Twenty Twelve – that is, inspect each of the customized changes and delete them.

    But since I am not a coder in HTML, I am afraid of not deleting enough, or deleting too much, because I am not sure if the highlighted code for a particular customization entirely corresponds to that particular customization (for example, an imported clickable image in one of the front page widgets) or if I have to go up a few levels and delete more than the highlighted code. I wouldn’t mind starting from scratch with twentytwelve, but I can’t get a fresh copy that does not take up the previous customization….

    I’ve even thought of deleting my entire sert of WP file, and reinstalling WP, starting completely over, but then I wouldn’t have learned anything, would I?

    That’s odd. Not sure what else to try. I assume the issue has been present for at least an hour or so? Maybe it will clear itself..

    Just to be clear, i was suggesting deleting the entire theme folder, then installing the same theme again. Then add your child theme.

    haha, I wouldn’t worry about learning, you’ll have plenty of that ahead like it or not.
    Saving time can be a good thing to learn too! I wouldn’t hesitate to reinstall wp.

    You mean delete, in my C-Panel, in my public_html folder, the “themes” folder?

    My concern: If I do delete it (and I am tilting that way), I am not sure how to install a new themes folder — it has a different color (blue) to the regular folders (yellow), and I notice that it includes, in addition to my theme files, a 30-byte file called index.php, which I expect I would need going forward? Any guidance on how to complete this round-trip operation?

    Thanks.

    To be clear, I have already (twice)deactivated and deleted all of my twentytwelve themes from my dashboard.

    no, not the themes folder. Just the folder for the theme in question.

    WPyogi

    @wpyogi

    Forum Moderator

    Perhaps these uninstall steps will help?

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-super-cache/other_notes/

    Thanks, I will try them – they look promising and provide a new approach!

    one question,

    when i try to open wp-config.php as instructed above, my PC says I don’t have the software to open it – this probably proves a lot about how little I know re HTML and PHP – is there some program I can download to enable me to open this .php file?

    If it is really compalex, that’s OK, I think I will go for a full WP re-install. Again, Tx.

    WPyogi

    @wpyogi

    Forum Moderator

    You should be able to open a php file with a text editor — you may need to open the text editor first and then use File — > Open.

    Your computer should have some version of a text editor — but here’s a list if you need to find one.

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Editing_Files#Using_Text_Editors

    OK. Appreciate your patience and tolerance!

    I think I will simply delete my entite WP installation and start again…luckily, I have not done a lot of work (relatively speaking) on customization, and it should not take me more than a morning to get back to a clean version. I have purged all caches as if I were Attila the Hun – I ereally want my PC to have amnesia re the last version of WP!….thanks again.

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