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  • rayvan22


    I know sounds kinda dumb, but I don’t know if I have. I’m worried about messing things up with a theme upgrade. As upgrading to 3.41 tanked my site. (it’s fixed now)

    For sure I haven’t used a child theme because I have no idea how to do that. I’m doing ok with WP, so long as nothing goes wrong 🙂

    Is there a way to know if I have customized my theme? (without messing it up?)
    What to do if I have customized it?

    In English if possible 😛 Thanks

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  • rayvan22


    or a way to test the theme upgrade with out permanent damage?



    Please post your site URL





    Some one should please help me. I try to edit my theme, after updating it, I am having a blank page with this message displaying.

    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected ‘<‘ in /home/ayuba/public_html/wp-content/themes/easel/functions.php on line 385



    Hi rayvan22, if you visit Appearance->Themes in your admin area, does it show Twentyeleven as the current activated theme? If so and by looking at your site, then yes you have definitely customized the theme.

    Essentially if you activated the Twentyeleven theme and then went to Appearance->Editor and made changes that way.

    To preserve your changes you’ll need to look into creating a child theme ( and then transferring the changes you made over to the child theme. I’m not all sure how many changes you’ve made so you’ll have to figure that out for yourself.

    In short, do NOT upgrade to Twentyeleven 1.4 or you will lose your customizations.

    In response to ayuba, if you cannot access the admin area of your site you’ll need to FTP into your server and navigate to the easel theme directory and edit functions.php. You’ll need to undo the changes you made that way to get your site working again.

    You can also just change the name of the easel theme folder and that will deactivate the theme. You can then delete the easel theme, reinstall it and try making your modifications again.

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