Support » Theme: Responsive » Link to blog posts not working after 3.40 to 4.4.4 upgrade

  • Resolved waltwingfield

    (@waltwingfield)


    Executive summary:

    After upgrading from 3.40 to 4.4.4 the link to http://www.example.com/blog no longer works.

    The details:

    I’ve been using this theme on my WordPress site for a number of years, currently using 3.40. Our ‘customization’ pretty close to a standard installation. Our landing page is the ‘standard’ custom page and it provides a link to the ‘blog’ posts.

    I’ve been ignore the nag to update to version 4.x because everything still worked.

    I’ve now had time to read through https://cyberchimps.com/responsive-4/ and began work figuring what changes would be required. I’ve got a replica test environment that I’m using for testing/experimenting.

    After upgrading to v4.4.4 everything seems to work as expected with one exception. The link to the ‘blog’ posts no longer works, i.e Home > Blog with
    v3.40 shows all the blog posts but with v4.4.4 it just shows Blog and no blog posts.

    Have I missed something in the upgrade process or customization settings to make this work?

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  • Thread Starter waltwingfield

    (@waltwingfield)

    After a day of hunting around I found the issue. Per Responsive 4.0 is live. Here’s what’s new. in the Responsive theme page template changes they indicate they’ve remove the ‘Blog full post’ template, which was what we used for the ‘blog’ page.

    We are also using the removed ‘Sitemap’ template as well.

    Now to figure out how to re-implement these useful templates. Any guidance or help would be most appreciated.

    @waltwingfield Before we made this update, it was mentioned in Responsive 3.9 about the templates and other features being deprecated to improve the theme.

    Most of the layout of the templates are possible with Customizer of new Responsive theme. Please visit the documentation to know the different options available in the Customizer. For blog post, you can navigate to Appearance / Customize / Blog Post / Layout and Content to change the layout of blog page.

    If there is something that is still not possible with the Customizer, you can download the older version or rollback to older version of the theme and copy the templates that you need. Put them in the child theme if you have one or you can create one.

    Thread Starter waltwingfield

    (@waltwingfield)

    @prajakti I site uses this theme because it is simple, elegant and easy to manage. The main page of our site is a discussion board and a wiki, the WordPress portion is used primarily as a homepage and some blog posts for major announcements. It was simple to customize the default custom page to provide our homepage. Then we added a menu link to our blog posts, using a page (Blog) that uses the Blog (full posts) template.

    Essentially that’s the extend of our WordPress install and it has worked very well for us. We’re not really bloggers, so simple works well and we don’t have to spend much time learning WordPress skills and techniques.

    I have been working through the documentation to try and figure out how to re-implement this critical functionality. I’m getting closer but I still find it hard to understand why what seems like such a critical template from 3.40 doesn’t have a simpler path forward into 4.x and forces the end-user to reinvent the wheel. At best I would have thought the documentation might provide a simple recipe to follow to implement what seems like a core use-case, a page listing all blog posts.

    The functionality seems to exist with Responsive 4, but ONLY if my Customize->Homepage setting has ‘Enable Custom Front Page’ unchecked. That’s the page I want to provide from a menu item.

    @waltwingfield Please click on contact us in footer of our main website(cyberchimps) so that we can guide you with the exact layout.

    Thread Starter waltwingfield

    (@waltwingfield)

    Done. Awaiting your assistance.

    Thread Starter waltwingfield

    (@waltwingfield)

    With some sleuthing and @prajakti’s help I have finally figured this out.

    Our live site uses Responsive 3.40 and the Customize/Homepage Settings are:

    Your homepage displays set to Your latest posts
    Enable Custom Front Page clicked

    Among our Pages, we have a Blog page but no Home page. Our home page is generated by the Custom Front Page and the Home Widget 1, Home Widget 2 and Home Widget 3.

    It was worked with this configuration since we launched in January 2014, I don’t recall the WordPress and Responsive theme versions at the time.

    To make it work after upgrading to Responsive 4.4.4 we had to make the following changes/fixes:

    1. Create a Main page
    2. Change the Customize/Homepage Settings to Your homepage displays to ‘A static page’, set <Homepage> to the newly created Home page and Posts page to the existing Blog page
    3. Leave Enable Custom Front Page box checked

    I have suggested the https://cyberchimps.com/responsive-4/ instructions need to be updated to cover this case as an item that might need to be fixed.

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